The Most Beautiful Books of the Year
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The Finnish Book Art Committee


The aim of the Finnish Book Art Committee is to draw attention to the book as an artistic whole. When choosing the Most Beautiful Books of the Year the Committee tries to find works in which form and content support each other as well as possible. The starting point for evaluating works is the overall graphic design, beginning with the typography and ending with the finished printed product. As well as classical printing skills, the Committee values fresh and new creative solutions.

The Finnish Book Art committee chooses the Most Beautiful Books of the Year collection annually. One book receives the honorary title of the Most Beautiful book. The year´s most successful book covers forms a group of its own. Honorary diplomas are handed out to the designers, publishers, printers and other production units of prize-winning books.

The Finnish Fair Foundation has granted financial aid annually for the Finnish Book Art Committee. Committee works in cooperation with the National Library.

The Committee´s long list selection jury evaluates the books entered for the competition and presents them to the main jury which decides on those selected for the Most Beautiful Books. Representatives of the following book and graphic fields participate in the work of the juries:

Aalto University - School of Art and Design
Association of Finnish Printmakers
Bibliophiles Association
Federation of the Printing Industry
The Finnish Critics´ Association
Finnish Fair Foundation
Finnish Library Association
Freelance Graphic Designers
Grafia, Association of Professional Graphic Designers
Illustrators in Finland
Lahti University of Applied Sciences - Institute
of Design and Fine Arts
Master Bookbinders´ Guild
National Library of Finland
Mediaunioni MDU ry - Union of Print and Media
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

The Most Beautiful books collection is on display every year in Finland at venues including libraries and book fairs, and abroad in international festivals and competitions.

In Finland the Most Beautiful Books of the Year have been chosen annually since 1947. The Most Beautiful Books are chosen in more than 30 countries each year.

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