The competition for the Most Beautiful Books of Slovakia was established in 1965 with an aim to support the artistic qualities and printing standard of books’ accomplishment. Since 1993 the principal organizer has been BIBIANA with an assistance of the co-organizers, i.e. the Ministry of Culture SR, the Ministry of Education SR, the Slovak National Library and the Slovak Printing Union. Submitted books are judged by an expert jury in view of their artistic and printing values considering the interplay of all components of the book entirety. Each year the jury appoints a collection of up to 20 titles which are pronounced the Most Beautiful Books of Slovakia. Besides, the jury grants a set of special prizes to creators of selected books.
Each year the organizer of event publishes a catalogue presenting the award-winning books with their detailed technical description, pictures and index of awarded subjects.