The Digital Book Awards: We Really Like You!

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With the Emmys and the VMAs in the rearview, it’s time to get [serious/focused on/excited] about the 2014 Digital Book Award nominations. The Digital Book Awards (formerly known as the Publishing Innovation Awards), founded in 2010, recognizes innovation, creativity and excellence in all aspects of digital book publishing.

(Kelly Leonard is a member of the Digital Book Awards panel of judges. The DBA deadline has been extended to October 15 — enter today!)


Each year, award winners and finalists in 15 categories demonstrate fresh thinking, inspired design and bold technology integration, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in this constantly evolving publishing arena.

Will there be a red carpet? Maybe. Will there be twerking? Please, no. Will there be stars? Absolutely. Will you be among them? Only if you enter. To quote the New York State lotto ad, “You have to be in it to win it.”

Here are seven inspiring looks at when being nominated for (and sometimes winning) a major award helped spur artists and their work to go from big to super big:

Oscar – “The Hurt Locker” – Best Picture and Best Director (first time a female won Best Director), 2009 (Won)

Emmy – “South Park” – Outstanding Animated Program, 1998 (Nominated)

Grammy – “Jaws” – Best Soundtrack Album or Recording or Score from Motion Picture or Television, 1976 (Won)

Tony – “In the Heights”, Best Musical, 2008 (Won)

Pulitzer (Fiction) – The Accidental Tourist, 1986 (Finalist)

National Book Award (Fiction) – The Wapshot Chronicle, 1958 (Winner)

Publishing Innovation Award (Transmedia Project) – Decoded by Jay-Z, 2012 (Winner)

The Digital Book Awards program encompasses all forms of digital publishing—ebooks, enhanced digital books and apps—in order to showcase and reward the work of authors, developers and publishers.

Nominate an ebook or app today and you may just have the chance to say at the 2014 awards presentation, “You like me, right now, you like me!

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