2012 Publishing Innovation Award Winners

The winners of the Publishing Innovation Awards were announced to a crowd of more than 800 publishing professionals at the Opening Ceremony of the Digital Book World Conference + Expo at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in New York City.

“Our winners, and all our finalists, have produced some of the most creative work taking place today in our industry,” said David Nussbaum, Chairman & CEO, F+W Media. “It’s our pleasure to honor these companies and individuals and doubly exciting having the opportunity to do so at an event like Digital Book World, with more than a thousand of their peers in attendance.”

2012 Winners

Digital First Ebook Winner: Desserts (Allrecipes.com)
Finalists: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy (HarperCollins), L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (Little Brown & Company), Mooon USA Travel Planner (Avalon Travel)

Ebook – Children’s Winner: Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Festival / Zuuka)
Finalists: Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack (HarperCollins), Why Do Puppies Do That? Enhanced Edition (KiteReaders.com)

Ebook – Fiction Winner: The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer and Cabinet of Curiosities by Preston & Child (Grand Central Publishing)
Finalists: The Rose Garden (Sourcebooks), The Virtuoso (Sourcebooks), Over Easy (Wouldya Publishing), Central Reservation (Xelsion Publishing)

Ebook – Non-Fiction Winner: AAA Las Vegas eTourBook Guide (AAA)
Finalists: Excellence Now (New Word City), Marathon: You Can Do It! (Shelter Publications), Cook For Your Life (Hardie Grant Publishing), Complete Gay And Lesbian Manners (Workman Publishing)

Ebook – Reference/Academic Winner: Meggs’ History of Graphic Design 5th Edition (John Wiley & Sons)
Finalists: Discover France (Lonely Planet), Using WordPress: Enhanced Edition (Que Publishing), Beginning Guitar Lessons – Progressive (Learntoplaymusic.com), Sao Paolo’s Atlantic Forest (WWF-Brazil and Sao Paolo State Forestry Foundation)

Enhanced Ebook Winner: Eva Scrivo On Beauty (Atria Books)
Finalists: Count, Dagmar! (Chronicle Books), Chaos: Enhanced Edition (Open Road Integrated Media), David Roberts’ Egypt (Sideways, Inc.), Debortees Islands & Streams (Telegram Forlag)

Transmedia Project Winner: Decoded by Jay-Z (Random House)
Finalists: Dark Eden (Katherine Tegen Books), One Child (EnThrill Entertainment), Cathy’s Book Part 3 (Running Press), Living Language Platinum (Random House)

App – Comics Winner: The Wormworld Saga (Robot Media)

App – Juvenile Winner: Cinderella (Nosy Crow)
Finalists: Millie & The Lost Key (Megapops), When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App! (Disney Publishing), The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Workshop)

App – Reference / Academic Winner: British Library 19th Century Historical Collection (Bibliolabs)
Finalists: DK Quick Cook (DK Publishing), DK The Human Body (DK Publishing), Gems and Jewels for iPad (The University of Chicago Press), Martha Stewart Cookies (Callaway Digital Arts Inc. and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia)

App – Fiction Winner: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (Penguin USA)
Finalists: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: The Interactive Ebook (Quirk Books and PadWorx Digital Media), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Chuck Fischer Studio), Apocalepsy 911: the First Chapter (Unit 5 Entertainment), Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (Penguin USA)

App – Non-Fiction Winner: The Magic of Reality for iPad (Random House)
Finalists: Wreck this App (Penguin USA), Lights, Camera, Capture (John Wiley & Sons), Our Choice (Rodale)

2011 Winners

Fiction Winner:  DRACULA: The Official Stoker Family Edition (PadWorx Digital Media)
Finalists:  Letters From Father Christmas (HarperCollins); War of the Worlds (Smashing Ideas)

Non-Fiction Winner: Logos Bible Software (Logos Bible Software, Inc.)
Finalists:  10 Greatest Card Tricks of All Time (Vook & Workman Publishing); Ansel Adams (Hachette Book Group, Inc.)

Children’s Winner:  A Story Before Bed (Jackson Fish Market)
Finalists: Cozmo’s Day Off (Ayars Animation, Inc.); The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross (Moving Tales)

Reference Winner:  Star Walk for iPad (Vito Technology Inc.)
Finalists: Let’s Eat Out with Celiac / Coeliac and Food Allergies! (R & R Publishing); The Solar System (Touch Press)

Comics Winner: Robot 13 (Robot Comics)
Finalists: Operation Ajax (Tall Chair, Inc.); Tumor (Archaia Studios Press)

The Publishing Innovation Awards recognize the best ebooks and book apps based on their merits in the areas of origination, development, production, design, and marketing.

Judges for the Publishing Innovation Awards were: Peter Costanzo, Director of Digital Content, F+W Media (former Online Marketing Director of Perseus Books Group); Elizabeth Castro, author of EPUB: Straight to the Point; Peter Meyers, author of Best iPad Apps and the E2BU white paper, Enhanced Ebooks Today and Tomorrow: A Survey for Authors and Publishers; Liza Daly, president of Threepress Consulting and developer of Bookworm, ePub Zen Garden & Ibis Reader; and Joshua Tallent, founder/CEO of eBook Architects and author of Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide.

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