Nominations\u00a0are now open for the Small Business Book Awards. \u00a0Go on over and nominate your favorite business book. \u00a0It's easy and doesn't take long. This is the 4th year we are holding the Awards. \u00a0They recognize\u00a0business books of special interest to small businesses and entrepreneurs. \u00a0Last year there were 106 books nominated and 41,000 votes cast by the community. This year, over 100 books have already been nominated with over 2 weeks to go. Books published between November 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011 are eligible. You can nominate one book - or as many books as you like. Anyone can nominate. Authors, you are encouraged to nominate your own book. Publishers and publicists can also nominate books. Or if you just happen to be a fan of a book and would like to recommend it to the world, please nominate it and make some author happy. There are no fees to nominate -- it's completely free. \u00a0See\u00a0Official Rules. Click on the \u201cNominate a Book\u201d button and fill out the form. It's short and takes just 2 or 3 minutes. You\u2019ll need a link from Amazon or some other Web page dedicated to the book, along with a couple of sentences' description (just look it up in Google to find the Amazon page). \u00a0That's all you need. \u00a0If you have more information fine, but it's not necessary. We will be reviewing all nominations to make sure that they are eligible. We may also edit book descriptions to make sure they are informational in nature and to eliminate obvious sales hype. Nominations first, then voting later Right now we\u2019re in the nominations phase. You have through January 31, 2012 to nominate small business books. The second phase is voting. Voting will be from February 1, 2012 through February 16, 2012. Picking the winners Winners will be picked by popular vote. The top ten vote getters overall will be the Best Business Books of 2012. In addition, the top five vote-getters in each category will be the Category Winners. \u00a0And what do the winners get? \u00a0Lots of recognition! The Book Awards are an outgrowth of the weekend business book reviews we do. \u00a0 Each weekend we review at least one small business book. \u00a0We've been doing in-depth book reviews regularly since 2007, and have over 250 in-depth reviews in the site. \u00a0We started the book reviews because most small business books don\u2019t get the recognition they deserve and get lost among the popular best sellers or the "Wall Street type" business and finance books. Our goal is to bring to the attention of small business owners those books that provide practical information to help them run their businesses \u00a0better. Follow #BizBookAwards on Twitter Want to know which books are being nominated? Be sure to follow the Small Business Book Awards hashtag on Twitter #BizBookAwards.