What makes these awards different?

Our awards program is free to enter and we select winners in two phases. The first round is our “Longlist” which features 50 to 65 books we loved and will be announced in early December. A week later, we will announce our “shortlist” of 15 titles, including five category winners in the following categories:

  1. Most Important Book Of The Year – A big idea that can make a difference in the world and in your life.
  2. Most Original Book Of The Year – A unique idea that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.
  3. Most Entertaining Book Of The Year – A readable and high impact idea + story that you won’t be able to put down.
  4. Most Useful Book Of The Year – A practical idea with real down-to-earth advice on how to use it in your daily life.
  5. Most Shareable Book Of The Year – A viral idea that people will (or should) be talking about in conversation.

What books are eligible?

To be considered for this award, these are the requirements:

  • Publication date between December 2019 and December 2020.
  • Book must be available in print (no ebooks accepted).
  • This award focuses on business/non-fiction books. All books should either be in these categories or be submitted with an explanation about why they should still be considered.
  • Every submission should have some non-obvious insights. We’re looking for extraordinary ideas that we haven’t heard before. Ordinary books need not apply.

Is this award a big deal?

It’s always nice to be honored, so on an emotional level,  we’d have to say of course!

Beyond that, we do also conduct an extensive media campaign through traditional and social media throughout the month of December to share the results. All books that make the Shortlist will not only receive recognition in our materials, but their books will be personally reviewed by our Founder Rohit Bhargava and those reviews will be posted on Amazon along with a badge noting the award.

These awards are highly selective and we don’t accept payments for entry. What this means is that we are routinely scouring the web, events, media and actual bookstores to find the best new business books of the year. Every year, our list includes some titles that have garnered widespread praise along with some that have been underappreciated by the media or other awards programs.

We are also one of the few awards programs for business books that isn’t based in one of the beaches outside LA. We’re not sure what that’s about either.

For Winners: Badges For Download

Congratulations for being selected this year! If you are one of the winners or a media/PR team working with them, below are several badges available for your promotional use (right click on the image to save). Please only use the badge that corresponds to the list your book was selected for and contact us if you need a higher resolution of any of these badges or transparent versions for print usage.  We trust you to use these responsibly.