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Brazilian publisher Ed5 is one of the winners of the International Excellence Awards 2019

Brazilian publisher Ed5 is one of the winners of the International Excellence Awards 2019

Brazilian publisher Ed5 is one of the winners of the International Excellence Awards 2019, a prize granted by the London Book Fair and by the UK Publishers Association. The company was one of the nominees in the Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award category, which also included Ediciones Godot (Argentina) and Kogan Page (England).

“This award makes us proud because it is the recognition of the work we have been developing and encourages us to reach a higher goal, which is to develop more comprehensive and universal educational books and resources. We aim at more productive and large-scale processes that may help other countries in Latin America and in the rest of the world to replicate and improve their methods, in order to make of ‘accessible’ content a continuous concern for such markets”, states Roberto Maluhy Jr, Ed5 Director.

In the market for three years, the purpose of Ed5 is to offer solutions to the publishing industry for the proofreading and editing of didactic and paradidactic books, also including the production of accessible books. “We believe all people must have the basic human right to have access to knowledge, education, culture and entertainment. This is a crucial action to promote the autonomy and social development of individuals. On the other hand, it is a new step of the industry to offer not only books converted by non-profitable institutions, but also all titles such citizens need and want”, adds Roberto.

Brazil is a finalist in three categories of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019

Brazil was shortlisted in other two categories of the international award: The Library of the Year Award, with the nomination of Biblioteca Parque Villa-Lobos (BVL), and The International Book Trade Journalist Award, being represented by journalist Leonardo Neto, editor of Publishnews, a media vehicle that provides information on the Brazilian publishing market. The competition included finalists from 26 countries classified for 17 categories.

Last year, Biblioteca Parque Villa-Lobos (BVL) was nominated one of the best libraries in the world by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). BVL competed for the London Book Fair award with Labuto Library Partners (Zambia) and Espoo City Library (Finland), which won the International Excellence Award.

BVL is located in Parque Villa-Lobos, in the city of São Paulo, a place that used to be an open dump, and it is the result of efforts to renew and transform the area. The library is used by people of all ages and promotes several activities that have children, adults and the elderly as audiences.

The winner in The International Book Trade Journalist Award category was Porter Andersen, from Publishing Perspectives.