Digital Book World Conference + Expo: Publishing Innovation Awards Recognize the Best in Ebooks, Apps and Transmedia

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Digital Book World Conference + Expo:

Publishing Innovation Awards Recognize the Best in Ebooks, Apps and Transmedia


January 10, 2013 – NEW YORK – The year’s most innovative ebooks, enhanced ebooks, book apps and transmedia projects 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. Journalist Porter Anderson of the popular publishing column Writing on the Ether will host the awards presentation and announce the winners in 14 categories. Tom Allen, former U.S. Congressman and current head of the Association of American Publishers will present the keynote address. Tickets for the luncheon are included with a Total Access Pass registration to Digital Book World or may be purchased individually at


“The Awards were founded for publishers, authors, developers, and innovative thinkers who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible,” explains Gary Lynch, Group Publisher, F+W Media’s Design, Publishing and Writing Communities. “PIA Winners are passionately focused on improving the reading experience in the 21st century by creating more engaging and entertaining reading environments.”

All ebook titles entered into the PIAs have gone through the QED review process and all winners will earn a QED seal, which stands for Quality, Excellence, Design. The QED process is a thorough, professional 13-point design review with an eye towards readability across multiple devices and in multiple formats. The QED aims to be a “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for ebooks – it signals to an ebook reader that the title will render well in whatever their preferred reading format and that they can buy with confidence.

Anne Kostick, principal at Foxpath IND and chairperson of the judging panel for the 2013 Publishing Innovation Awards. led a very thorough and highly competitive judging process.

Judges for this year’s awards also include:

Angela Bole, Deputy Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

Peter Costanzo, Creative Director, NBC Publishing

Colleen Cunningham, eBook Developer, F+W Media
Ami Greko, Senior Vendor Relations Manager, Kobo
Christina Biamonte Faubert, Content Account Manager, eBooks
Anne Kostick, Principal, Foxpath IND
Matthew LeBlanc, Director of Digital Workflow – eBooks, F+W Media, Inc.
Peter Meyers, Author and Digital Book Producer
Liz Scheier, Senior Product Manager at Brilliance Audio
Joshua Tallent, Principal, eBook Architects

The PIA 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.
F+W Media, Inc. is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts offering a diversified portfolio of ecommerce, books, ebooks, magazines, events, competitions, education services, instructional video, and more. The Company is considered the authoritative, trusted voice guiding enthusiasts with relevant, helpful information and connecting them to the products and services they need to achieve success, profit from their passion, or find inspiration.


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