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SAE Books Recognized for Editorial Excellence

Posted: May 14, 2024

While many people claim spring as their favorite season, it means more to the SAE Books team as spring is book award season.

SAE Books has once again been honored with multiple awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards™ and the 2024 Independent Press Awards.

“It’s that magical time when publishers await our version of an Academy Award® envelope – namely the coveted e-mail notification,” said Sherry Nigam, Publisher.

Each year experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters come together to select the best books of the year published by small, independent publishers. With dozens of categories and hundreds of entries from around the world, each judging committee utilizes a point system based for key areas including writing style, editing, images/figures, book cover, book design, and overall quality of the work. Each award represents overall editorial excellence in a specific category.

While this is SAE Books’ fourth year in a row to win an IPA Award, the authors and team at SAE Books achieved a new milestone by winning five awards, making it their most successful year yet.

Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence. Here is the list of 2024 SAE winners:

SAE International's Dictionary for Automotive Engineers by John Kershaw

  • 2024 Independent Press Award WINNER for Reference

We Were The Ramchargers: Inside Drag Racing's Legendary Team, Second Edition by Dave Rockwell

  • 2024 Independent Press Award WINNER for Sports
  • 2024 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Coffee Table book

The Arrival of the Electric Car, Second Edition by Chris Johnston and Ed Sobey

  • 2024 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Environment

Cybersecurity for Entrepreneurs by Gloria D’Anna and Zachary A. Collier

  • 2024 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite for Business: Entrepreneurship & Small Business

“This year included an array of quality and diverse independent books. It's crystal clear that independent publishing is pushing on every corner of the earth with great content. We are thrilled to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing," said Gabrielle Olczak, IPA sponsor.

As the longest-running award program recognizing excellence in independent publishing, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are sought-after by publishers all over the world. At the 2024 IBPA conference, Nigam accepted the Gold Award for General Reference on behalf of SAE International.

Nigam acknowledged that creating a book takes close collaboration between the author and the publishing team. “At SAE Books, we are privileged help industry leaders share their knowledge with our community,” said Nigam.

Here is the list of SAE winners for the 2024 Benjamin Franklin Awards:

SAE International's Dictionary for Automotive Engineers by John Kershaw

  • 2024 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Gold for General Reference

We Were The Ramchargers: Inside Drag Racing's Legendary Team, Second Edition by Dave Rockwell

  • 2024 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Silver for Sports.

 “At SAE Books, we're not just about publishing books; we're about fostering collaboration and trust between our authors and our product managers. Our authors are not professional writers. They are engineers from around the world actively engaged in the industry and invested in sharing their knowledge. These professionals hold down full-time jobs and have real lives beyond their careers,” said Nigam. “It's our responsibility to ensure the process goes smoothly and that their expertise is shared effectively through their books.”

If you haven’t check out SAE Books lately, take a moment to review the 2024 SAE Books Catalog.

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