2013’s most innovative ebooks, enhanced ebooks, book apps and transmedia projects hail from a cross section of publishers proving creativity is not dependent on deep resources. The world’s favorite cartoon characters, hobbies, novels and topics of debate are all fodder for products that will be honored at the 2nd Annual Publishing Innovations Awards Luncheon on January 16, 2013 presented by F+W Media in conjunction with the Digital Book World Conference + Expo.
The mission of the Publishing Innovations Awards (PIAs) is to highlight excellent publishers/authors, encourage new thinking, and improve the reading experience in the digital age. Anne Kostick, principal at Foxpath IND chaired the highly competitive judging process that selected finalists in 13 categories:
Best Ebook Fiction
Finalists: The Beijing Code (Smashwords); Just Call Me Lopez (Loyola Press); Shuffle (Tonto Books)
Best Ebooks Non-Fiction
Finalists: 11 Days in May (Waterside Press); A Gender Neutral God/ess: Be Inclusive but MAKE NO IMAGES was the Religious Change (J.J. Graphics); The Metropolis Organism (Frank Vitale Productions); Road Trip USA (Avalon Travel); AAA Chicago eTour Book Guide (AAA Publishing); Rick Steves’ London 2013 (Avalon Travel)
Best Ebook Children’s
Finalists: Neandersmall and the Egg (Bish Bash Books); The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas (Random House); The Finger Prince (Self Published); “B” is for Books! (Random House Children’s Books); SpongeBob SquarePants Presents; Don’t Be A Jerk It’s Christmas (Nickelodeon Publishing)
Best Ebook Reference/Academic
Finalists: Poisonous and Venomous Animals of America (Bilineata Publishing); HTML5 (FCA Editora de InformÃ¡tica, Lda.); Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd Edition (Thieme); The Visions of Tondal from the Library of Margaret of York Publisher (Getty Publications)
Best Enhanced Ebooks
Finalists: Roy & Hydrants (self-published); Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book (Disney Publishing Worldwide); Secrets of the World’s Best Grilling (Workman Publishing); Stretching (Shelter Publications) Molto Batali (HarperCollins); The Making of Life of Pi (HarperCollins)
Best App Fiction
Finalists: iPoe – The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection (Play Creatividad, S.L.); History of a Pleasure Seeker (Orson & Company); Beside Myself: An interactive novel for the iPad (Jeff Gomez)
Best App Non-Fiction
Finalists: Mother, Stranger (The Atavist); A Better Man (HarperCollins); This Is Not An App (Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA); Wine Simplified: Navigate Wine with Confidence (Open Air Publishing Inc.)
Best App Juvenile
Finalists: Magic Town (Mindshapes); Rounds: Franklin Frog (Nosy Crow); Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Color & Create! (Random House Children’s Books); Leonard (Ink Robin); Ten Giggly Gorillas (Wasabi Productions)
Best App Reference/Academic
Finalists: World Development Report 2012 app for iPad (The World Bank); Pyramids 3D (Touch Press); Biblio Board (Biblio Labs)
Best App Comic/Graphic
Finalists: Stowaway (The Atavist); Clover (Soma Creates Inc); 2084 (Thunder Cloud Studios LLC)
Best Self Published
Finalists: iOS App Development for Non-Programmers – Book 1: Diving In (Oak Leaf Enterprises, Inc.); The Norfolk Mace (Create Space)
Best Digital First Ebook
Finalists: Great Impressionist & Post Impressionist Paintings: The Musée d`Orsay (ArtePublishing); Inside the Script (Warner Bros. Digital Publishing)
Best Transmedia Project
Finalists: Shuffle (Tonto Books); Dynasty of the Magi (PoetCode)
PIA Winners will be announced on DigitalBookWorld.com immediately after the Awards Ceremony.
The Publishing Innovation Awards luncheon will take place Thursday, January 16th from 12:00-1:30pm at the Hilton New York Hotel. The event will include lunch, keynote, the awards ceremony and prize giveaways of two Sony Xperia tablet computers and two Sony eReader ebook readers with cases. A limited amount of tickets are still available and may be purchased at conference.digitalbookworld.com or onsite at Digital Book World Conference + Expo registration.
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo focuses on the business challenges posed by technology to trade publishers. It is the central event in a week of conferences and workshops addressing trends and opportunities in a rapidly evolving digital world. A variety of registration packages are available, including the Total Access Pass, which gains the participant access to all conference sessions as well as the Publishing Innovation Awards and Pre-Conference Workshops. Complete session and pricing details may be found on Digital Book World, an F+W Media event, online at conference.DigitalBookWorld.com.