London Book Fair

International book industry excellence recognised at the London Book Fair

Seven international young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for pioneering digital publishing award. The winner will be announced at the International Book Industry Excellence Awards on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, as part of the London Book Fair.

Those shortlisted include the largest distributor of Russian e-books, Brazil’s first self-publishing company and UAE’s first independent online magazine in the English language.

The British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme celebrates entrepreneurial skills and drive within the creative industries and has been running since 2004. The Digital Publishing Award showcases people pushing the boundaries of digital publishing.

The  seven shortlisted for Digital Publishing Award are:

Dai Qin | China
In 2012 Dai Qin and her team started the digital publishing/reading service, Douban Read. The platform encourages non-professional writers to publish their non-fiction work. The Douban Read app has been downloaded by more than four million people across the world with 400,000 people actively using it each month. Qin graduated from Tsinghua University in 2007 and joined Beijing-based social network Douban as product designer. Today Dai Qin is the senior director of Douban Read.

Ricardo Almeida | Brazil
Ricardo Almeida is president at Clube de Autores, Brazil’s first and largest self publishing company. With no previous experience in publishing, Almeida launched Clube de Autores in 2009, sensing an opportunity to develop an open platform so that other writers could publish, sell and earn money through their own books. Today, Clube de Autores is responsible for 10% of all books published in Brazil per year.

Uno DeWaal | South Africa
Uno is the founder and owner of Between 10and5, South Africa’s largest online creative showcase. While not a traditional creative himself (he says he can’t draw to save his life!), he is passionate about the problem solving and solution process behind creative thinking. His plans for 10and5 stretch beyond just a publishing business and aims to grow into a single point of reference for all creative output in South Africa.

Irina Sheveleva | Russia
Irina is the product and content lead of Bookmate, the largest distributor of Russian e-books, with more than 300 Russian publishers on board.

Iman Ben Chaibah | United Arab Emirates
Iman Ben Chaibah is owner and editor in chief,, the first and only independent Emirati online monthly magazine in English content created by UAE Nationals.

Johanna Pinzon Rodriguez | Columbia
Johanna is the Founder and CEO of Poliedro, which started in 2012 in Bogotá. The company has two branches: the Poliedro Foundation, working on design and content development projects for the arts with a focus on innovation and tech culture; and Poliedro Digital SAS, an agency offering creative digital solutions for brands, including e-books.

Paula Corroto | Spain
Paula is the co-founder of, which burst onto the scene in June 2012 as the first online magazine dedicated entirely to digital books, made especially for the people that read them.

Each of the shortlisted publishing entrepreneurs will be presenting to a panel of judges on Monday, April 7 at an open judging session at the London Book Fair. The winner will be presented with their award at the International Book Industry Excellence Awards in the evening of Tuesday, April. 8