The annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, familiarly known as the IPPYs, were established in 1996 by Jenkins Group Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan. The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year”. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony, most recently in Los Angeles on May 30, 2008. The IPPY contest is now the world’s largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.