Since 1963, Leipzig has hosted the world’s only international book design competition honouring the most beautiful books from all over the world. Despite cultural differences in editorial design and book production, the competition is an attempt to compare the technical and aesthetic level and the professional and artistic design of books beyond national borders.
The competition Best Book Design from All Over the World is organised and carried out by the Stiftung Buchkunst. With the international competition as well as the awards Best Book Design from Germany and the advancement award for young editorial designers, the foundation has promoted well-designed books and offered them platform as well as access to a broad public and the market for several decades. The competitions examine current developments in the field of international book design. The large number of young prize winners also underlines the formats’ openness to innovation without disregarding the longstanding book tradition.