Finding Impressive Digital Books

shutterstock_122786464DBW is keen to discover the most impressive digital book designs and innovations, especially since the 2014 Digital Book Awards are now open for nominations.

Peter Meyers, VP of Editorial & Content Innovation at Citia, spoke with DBW about the some of the greatest digital-book designs that he has seen lately and what, about each of them, is genuinely impressive.

Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann, for instance, includes responsive content that’s not so predictable but rather mirrors how people engage with objects in the real world. And, The Good Man by Pedro Ivo Hudson does something that Meyers thinks most publishers don’t do enough of: “getting readers to stop.”

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The rest of the day’s top news:

HMH Partners with Philippines’ Vibal Publishing (DBW)
The publishers have joined forces for the next three years to improve “educational outcomes for the Philippines’ learners of today and leaders of tomorrow.”

Rethinking Agile Publishing (DBW)
Shared Epic, a collaborative storytelling and publishing platform from Aerbook’s Nick Ruffilo, has released its first title, Epic One. Ruffilo describes the platform’s origins and possibilities in this post on the DBW Expert Publishing Blog.

Harlequin Announces Digital First Program (DBW)
Four imprints from this publisher of books for women will present original digital titles. The initiative is intended to give new authors a better chance at being discovered as well as the benefit of Harlequin’s existing author services: editing, marketing, etc.

Web-Based Book Review Show Read This! Launches (DBW)
The company Author Marketing Ideas is looking to help authors promote books. The show host will review books, interview authors and report from international book events.

Free Ebook With Print Purchase (Book Riot)
The University Press of Kentucky launched an ebook loyalty program. Consumers who have a print title from the publisher can get a complementary digital copy too. The Press and this commentator thinks its simply good business.

The Slow Shift to E-Textbooks (Education News)
Considering Cengage’s recent bankruptcy filing, McGraw-Hill’s intention to replace print textbooks with ebooks, and the practices of university students, e-textbook adoption in the States will be slow but well ahead of the global market.

Campus Leaders Support BYOD (EdTech)
That’s “bring your own device” to school. Students know how to use the tablets, laptops, and phones that they own and administrators are focused on network access. In this scenario classrooms will need well-made software and content.

Biography Series Coming From Amazon (PW)
Launching in December with a piece on Jesus, the new series is meant to capitalize on consumers’ “fascination with the private aspects of public lives.”

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About DeannaUtroske

Deanna Utroske is the Content Producer at Digital Book World and an active member of New York Women in Communications, where she serves on the Integrated Marketing & Communications Committee. Previously, Deanna worked in the editorial office of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, a publication of the University of Chicago Press.


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