2013 Publishing Innovation Award Winners

2nd Annual Publishing Innovation Winners Announced

Random House, Tonto Books, Warner Bros Digital Publishing among top winners

The 2nd Annual Publishing Innovation Award Winners were announced on January 16, 2013, at a luncheon gala hosting more than 400 publishing professionals at the New York Hilton during the opening day of the 2013 Digital Book World Conference + EXPO. The winners of the most innovative ebooks, enhanced ebooks, book apps and transmedia projects hail from a cross section of publishers.

“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 of parent company F+W Media, Inc. “It’s our pleasure to honor these companies and individuals and doubly exciting having the opportunity to do so at Digital Book World.”


2013 Winners
Best EBook Fiction
Winner: Shuffle (Tonto Books)

Interview with Author Chris Rickaby, Tonto Books
Purchase Shuffle on Vook

Finalists: The Beijing Code (Smashwords), Just Call Me Lopez (Loyola Press)


Best Ebooks Non-Fiction
Winner: 11 Days in May (Waterside Press)

Interview with Author JD Messinger
Purchase 11 Days in May on BarnesandNoble.com

Finalists: A GENDER NEUTRAL GOD/ESS: Be Inclusive but MAKE NO IMAGES was the Religious Change (J.J. Graphics), The Metropolis Organism (Vitale Productuions),
Road Trip USA (Avalon Travel),AAA Chicago eTour Book Guide (AAA Publishing); Rick Steves’ London 2013 (Avalon Travel)


Best Ebook Children’s
Winner: The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas (Random House)

Interview with Julia Stimpson, Random House UK
Purchase The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas on iTunes

Finalists: Neandersmall and the Egg (Bish Bash Books), The FingerPrince (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
Winner: The Visions of Tondal from the Library of Margaret of York Publisher (Getty Publications)

Interview with Ruth Lane, Getty Publications
Purchase The Visions of Tondal on iTunes

Finalist: Poisonous and Venomous Animals of America(Bilineata Publishing), HTML5 (FCA Editora de Informática, Lda.), Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd Edition (Thieme)


Best Enhanced Ebooks
Winner: Stretching (Shelter Publications)

Interview with Rick Gordon, Shelter Publications
Purchase Stretching on iTunes

Finalists: Roy & Hydrants (blurb.com); Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book (Disney Publishing Worldwide), Secrets of the World’s Best Grilling (Workman Publishing), Molto Batali (Harper Collins Publisher), The Making of Life of Pi (Harper Collins Publishing)


Best App Fiction
Winner: iPoe – The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection

Interview with Naiara Chaler, Play Creatividad
Purchase iPoe on iTunes

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Finalist: History of a Pleasure Seeker (Orson & Company), Beside Myself: An interactive novel for the iPad (Jeff Gomez)


Best App Non-Fiction
Winner: Wine Simplified: Navigate Wine with Confidence (Open Air Publishing Inc.)

Interview with Author Marnie Old
Purchase Wine Simplified on iTunes

Finalist: Mother, Stranger (The Atavist), A Better Man (Harper Collins Publisher), This Is Not An App (Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA))


Best App Juvenile
Winner: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Color & Create! (Random House Children’s Books)

Interview with Scott Gordon, Random House
Purchase Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Color & Create on iTunes

Finalists: Magic Town (Mindshapes), Rounds: Franklin Frog (Nosy Crow),
Leonard (Ink Robin), Ten Giggly Gorillas (Wasabi Productions)


Best App Reference/Academic
Winner: World Development Report 2012 app for iPad (The World Bank)

Purchase World Development Report 2012 on iTunes

Finalist: Pyramids 3D (Touch Press), Biblio Board (Biblio Labs)


Best App Comic/Graphic
Winner: 2084 (Thunder Cloud Studios LLC)

Interview with Author Mark Sroufe, ThunderCloud Studios
Purchase 2084 on iTunes

Finalists: Stowaway (The Atavist), Clover (Soma Creates Inc)


Best Self Published
Winner: iOS App Development for Non-Programmers – Book 1: Diving In (Oak Leaf Enterprises, Inc.)

Interview with Author Kevin McNeish, Oak Leaf Enterprises
Purchase iOS App Development for Non-Programmers – Book 1: Diving In on Amazon.com

Finalist: The Norfolk Mace (Create Space)


Best Digital First Ebook
Winner: Inside the Script (Warner Bros. Digital Publishing)

Interview with Jeremy Ross, Warner Bros. Digital Publishing
Purchase Inside the Script on WBShop.com

Finalist: Great Impressionist & Post Impressionist Paintings: The Musée d`Orsay (ArtePublshing)


Best Transmedia Project
Winner: Dynasty of the Magi (PoetCode)

Interview with Derrick Garvin, PoetCode LLC
Purchase Dynasty of the Magi on iTunes

Finalist: Shuffle (Tonto Books)


Said Anne Kostick, Chief Judge of the 2013 Publishing Innovation Awards, “This year’s PIA competition shows us the range and depth of creativity in the digital publishing world. Every year brings fresh ideas and innovations from creators around the world, and for the judges, it’s like being let loose in our favorite bookstore. With this much talent on display, we can only imagine what we’ll see next year!”


“We give our thanks to our panel of judges who provided their talents and time to this important program. Our winners have been considered and chosen by some of the leading experts in our industry today and should be proud of their accomplishments,” said Gary Lynch, Publisher, F+W Media, Inc.


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.


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For information:
Gary Lynch, Group Publisher, F+W Media Design, Publishing and Writing Communities
212-447-1400 x12102
Stacie Berger
Communications Director, F+W Media, Inc.
513.531.2690 x 11457


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