Since the early 1970s, PPN has been recognizing outstanding book design, production, and manufacturing at an Annual Book Show.

Judging Criteria

Each entry in the Book Show is evaluated on an individual basis, according to criteria appropriate to the category. Those criteria include excellence in layout, art, typography, rhythm, structure, and flow.


One winner and up to four finalists are selected in each category. Winning entries are announced at our Annual Book Show, and all award recipients are showcased in a catalog and announced in press releases to the trade. Best-in-category winners also compete for Best in Show—a People’s Choice award—via a live vote during the Book Show.



  • To Be Determined

Save the date!  This year’s event will take place October 26, 2023 at Chronicle Books in San Francisco.