The ΦΒΚ Book Awards are administered in the following three, non-fiction categories:
The Christian Gauss Award: Celebrates outstanding books in the field of literary scholarship or criticism.
The Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science: Recognizes superior books by scientists written to illuminate aspects of science for a broad readership.
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award: Honors scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.
Action Versus Contemplation: Why an Ancient Debate Still Matters, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, and Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion are featured in the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Magazine The Key Reporter.