Peter Usborne to receive The London Book Fair
Lifetime Achievement Award 2015
LONDON, 6 MARCH —The London Book Fair is pleased to announce that the twelfth annual Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing will be awarded to Peter Usborne, Founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing.
Peter Usborne set up Usborne Publishing in 1973 and has made it one of the most successful children’s publishers in the world. With over 50 years of publishing experience, hiscontribution to the publishing world has been both broad and influential. He began his illustrious career in London, when as a trainee advertising executive; he started Private Eye in his lunch hour. Peter moved to BPC Publishing in 1968 where he rose from Chairman’s Assistant to Publishing Director, before launching Usborne in 1972.
At Usborne, Peter pioneered a new generation of entertaining, colourful and friendly non-fiction books for children. Usborne has published over 6,000 titles, with more than 2,600 of those currently in print, now including books for children of all ages from babies to young adults. Usborne publishes in six languages – English, French, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese and German – with a seventh imprint, Usborne Korea, to launch later in 2015.
In 2014, Usborne won both IPG Children's Publisher and IPG Publisher of the Year Award. It was named The Bookseller Children’s Publisher of the Year in 2013.
Peter is not only a key figure in the sphere of children’s publishing; he has also made huge personal commitments to the cause of improving children’s literacy worldwide. He is a patron for READ International, a charity that delivers quality books to schools in Tanzania, and has also set up the Usborne Foundation with his children, Nicola and Martin, to support initiatives to develop early literacy. In 2011, Peter was awarded an MBE for "services to the publishing industry".
The Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing will be presented at the International Excellence Awards, an invitation-only event on Tuesday 14 April 2015, in The Conference Centre, Olympia, London.
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