Close, but no cigar

Luminaries of the digital publishing world gathered in central London last night for the announcement of the inaugural winners of the FutureBook Digital Innovation awards. Several categories were being contested, including best app, best use of social media, best content innovation, and best integrated digital marketing campaign.

Macmillan Dictionary was one of six shortlisted in the category of best website, and we were up against some stiff opposition. The result, when it was announced, caused a pang of disappointment, but nonetheless we’re really pleased with the achievement of having got onto the shortlist. As the saying goes: close, but no cigar. The winners, Berg Fashion Library, certainly have a stunning site and fully deserved their accolade.

Philip Jones, deputy editor of The Bookseller and co-founder of, said:

We were overwhelmed by the response to the awards. What particularly impressed me was the diversity, invention and dedication of the people and companies behind the entries: often making do with few resources and publishing into uncertain markets.

We like to think that we’re an inventive and dedicated bunch, and it’s nice to hear someone from within the industry say so too. Thanks to FutureBook for organising the event. We’ll be back next year!

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  • Congratulations on being nominated MED people. It’s a disappointment not to win, but a great achievement to reach the short list. Anyway, the digital/online versions of MED go from strength to strength. Well done, y’all!

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