Jay-Z, Big-Six Publishers Among Winners of Publishing Innovation Awards

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By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid

Penguin, Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and other publishing powerhouses were among the winners at the second annual Publishing Innovation Awards, announced tonight in New York City at the Digital Book World Conference and Expo. Rapper and producer Jazy-Z won an award, too.

The awards highlight the best in e-books, enhanced e-books and book applications in 12 categories, including best children’s e-book, best non-fiction app and best enhanced e-book. The awards are in response to a need to create best-in-class designations. Members of publishing’s elite mingled with cocktails at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in New York to commemorate the honors.

“When publishers surprise and delight their readers, they gain advocates who will talk about, recommend, and discover more of their quality work,” said Matt Mullin, community relations manager for Digital Book World. (Disclosure: the Publishing Innovation Awards are owned and operated by Digital Book World, parent to this site.)

The 2012 winners of the Publishing Innovation Awards are:

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 (Seymour Simon in partnership with Franklin Jr.)

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 (Atria Books), 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)

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3 thoughts on “Jay-Z, Big-Six Publishers Among Winners of Publishing Innovation Awards

  1. The whole image of the PIA awards is now at risk, after discovering that from hundreds of apps, and dozens that are actually good, you have chosen the Chuck Fischer ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas app as a finalist. Now this just makes me think he is a special friend of someone in the judging committee. Otherwise, there is no explanation. Oh, and it slipped into the Fiction category, instead of Juvenile, hoping that nobody would notice? That is actually an insult to anyone involved in children’s book apps. I could name a dozen apps that would deserve to have reached the same finalist status. Or is it that PIA didn’t have enough submissions from authors, developers and publishers? What a let-down. It jeopardizes the prestige of the whole PIA awards.

  2. Thanks for sharing your opinion on this pick. We recognize that not everyone is going to agree with our choices, but we trust the judgment of our PIA judges. They can only judge those products that were entered into the competition and in the best judgment of our panel that out hundreds of apps submitted in this category this was among the best. Entrants select the category for their submission at the time of their entry.

    I can absolutely assure you that there is no favoritism or bias in our judges.

    Thanks again!

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