Digital Book World Conference + Expo: Publishing Innovation Awards Finalists Announced

Related: Last Year’s Publishing Innovation Award Winners | Register for This Year’s PIA Awards Luncheon

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Digital Book World Conference + Expo:

Publishing Innovation Awards Finalists Announced


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 Informática, 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 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 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

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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


About F+W Media, Inc.
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