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Are you a Blogger with a Passion for Books? AAP Member Publishers and Goodreads Thank You with the “Independent Bookblogger Awards” Contest, Launching Today

This new contest will award four book bloggers with free trips to BookExpo America, the industry's biggest annual event.

Bloggers: Your love of books might get you far: all the way to New York and the publishing industry’s premier annual event, with travel covered and an all-access pass.

Today, the Association of American Publishers Trade Division member organizations and Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, open nominations for the Independent Book Blogger Awards. This new, free online contest recognizes bloggers unaffiliated with/not compensated by a publishing company who write primarily about books and the industry.

Four winners will attend BookExpo America in June, with free airfare and hotel accommodations and a pass to the three-day global gathering.

Bloggers can submit their entries starting today until Monday, April 9, 11:59PM. From Tuesday, April 10, 12:01AM through Monday, April 23, 11:59PM, readers can vote for their favorites. A shortlist of finalists to be judged by a panel of publishing industry experts will be announced the week of May 1. Winners will be announced the week of May 7. All entry submission and voting takes place through Goodreads on its specialIndependent Book Blogger Awards section.

“In the global digital dialogue, book bloggers are arguably the unsung heroes of our industry,” said Tina Jordan, Vice President, AAP. “Their passion is endless and their insights are valued. We’re pleased to be able to show them our appreciation through this effort.”

“Every book blogger is an important part of the conversation on what to read next. We think that’s an incredibly important conversation as a great book can be entertaining, thought provoking and can even change the world. Co-hosting these awards is our way of saying thanks. Thanks for supporting Goodreads right from our earliest days. And thanks for being active participants in telling the world ‘You must read this!’” said Otis Chandler, CEO and co-founder, Goodreads.

The contest is open to US-based bloggers, at least 18 years of age, who dedicate at least 75 percent of their blog’s written content to coverage of books and the industry and who have posted regularly from February 1, 2011 through February 1, 2012. The blog cannot be affiliated with and not compensated by any commercial or academic publication, but may include those who blog for institutions such as libraries or bookstores with no commercial media ties.

There are four categories for submissions: Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Children’s/Young adult and Industry News. Entries will be judged on such qualities as writing, analysis, design and presentation and reader impact. Complete details on how to enter, rules and background on the judging process is at Contest terms

Bloggers, readers and fans can connect with the Independent Book Blogger Awards on Facebook and on Twitter at @bkbloggerawards

About Goodreads:

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Founded in 2007, Goodreads is where readers discover and share books they love. The site has seven million members who have added more than 250 million books to their shelves and written more than 14 million reviews. Loved by avid and casual readers alike, Goodreads members can discover new books by seeing what their friends are reading or by using the Goodreads Book Recommendation Engine; share ratings and recommendations; track what they have read and list what they want to read. Goodreads is also a place where more than 35,000 authors and their publishers connect with readers. It is a privately owned company.

About AAP

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents about four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning and education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Find us online at www.publishers.org or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.