Publishing Innovation Award Winners Announced: Random House, Tonto Books, Warner Bros Digital Publishing Lead Pack

[Press Release]

2nd Annual Publishing Innovation Winners Announced
Random House, Tonto Books, Warner Bros Digital Publishing among top winners 

January 16, 2013 – NEW YORK – The 2nd Annual Publishing Innovation Award Winners were announced earlier today 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)
Finalists: The Beijing Code (Smashwords), Just Call Me Lopez (Loyola Press)

Best Ebooks Non-Fiction
Winner: 11 Days in May (Waterside Press);
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);
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)
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)
Finalists: Roy & Hydrants (; 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
(Play Creatividad, S.L.)
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.); 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)
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);
Finalist: Pyramids 3D (Touch Press), Biblio Board (Biblio Labs)

Best App Comic/Graphic
Winner: 2084 (Thunder Cloud Studios LLC);
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.);
Finalists: The Norfolk Mace (Create Space)

Best Digital First Ebook
Winner: Inside the Script (Warner Bros. Digital Publishing)
Finalist: Great Impressionist & Post Impressionist Paintings: The Musée d`Orsay (ArtePublshing)

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

For a list of Publishing Innovation Award winners from 2011 and 2012 please visit

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

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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