Lonely Planet Big Winners at BEA

May 22, 2006 (OAKLAND, CA) – Lonely Planet’s excellence in publishing was recognized at this year’s Book Expo America by two prestigious awards handed out at the Washington, D.C. show.

Experimental Travel was awarded the Gold Award at ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards (BOTYA). The book was awarded the top honor in the Travel Essay category. Experimental Travel is the book for those people who like their travel a little less formulaic. It’s about a playful way of traveling, where the journey’s methodology is clear but the destination is usually unknown.

Established in 1998, BOTYA recognizes excellence, spirit, original voices, and vision in the independent press industry. This year more than 1,500 titles published in 2005 were submitted in 60 fiction and non-fiction categories. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were given in each category at a special ceremony.

ForeWord, a bi-monthly publication, provides coverage for books from independent publishing houses that range in size from university presses, which publish hundreds of titles per year to micro, POD, and eBook publishers, which may publish one title in a lifetime.

One People took top honors in the Coffee Table Book category at the annual Independent Book Publishing Awards also known as the IPPYs. Through essays and beautiful images, this critically acclaimed pictorial celebrates the human lifecycle, from the joys of birth to the rituals of death.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 800 IPPYs have been awarded to publishers throughout North America. These awards recognize the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and a winner and two finalists in 58 different categories, ranging from non-fiction categories such as architecture and religion, to fiction categories like multicultural and horror.

About Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet creates and delivers the most compelling and comprehensive travel content in the world, giving travelers trustworthy information, engaging opinions, powerful images and informed perspectives on destinations around the globe. While known primarily for its 600+ travel guidebooks, Lonely Planet also offers an award-winning website, photographic image library, television production and distribution and digital travel content licensing. With a global staff of over 400, Lonely Planet is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, and has regional offices in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about Lonely Planet, visit our website at www.lonelyplanet.com.

Contact: Frank Ruiz, frank.ruiz@loneyplanet.com or 510-893-8556 ext. 151