The Independent Book Publishers Association, formerly Publishers Association of Southern California (PASCAL) and Publishers Marketing Association (PMA), is a not-for-profit membership organization serving the independent publishing community through advocacy and education. With nearly 3,000 members, IBPA is the largest publishingtrade association in the United States. IBPA programs and publications include the Benjamin Franklin Awards, Publishing University, and the monthly IndependentMagazine. IBPA was founded in 1983 by Jan Nathan as the Publishers Association of Southern California (PASCAL).
The Benjamin Franklin Awards honor independent publishers and self-publishedauthors for excellence in book editorial and design. Prized are given in a number of categories. IBPA members,as well as librarians, reviewers, editors and bookstore owners choose the winners and provide feedback to the authors about their books. In 2014, the prize winners were announced at the Book Expo America Festival in New York.