Winners of 2014 Digital Book Awards Announced at Gala Dinner Hosted by LeVar Burton

The Digital Book Awards recognize innovation, creativity and excellence in all aspects of digital book publishing. 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.

The awards encompass all forms of digital publishing that are available to consumers as ebooks, enhanced digital books and apps, to showcase and reward the work of authors, developers and publishers.

Winners of the 2014 Digital Book Awards will be announced at a gala held in New York City and hosted by LeVar Burton, actor and co-founder of Reading Rainbow, on Monday, January 13, 2013.

Finalists by category are listed below. Winners will be highlighted in green as they are announced.

Ebook Flowable – Adult Fiction
Cerberus: Book 1 of Parish, BookRix GmbH & Co. KG
Eversea: A Love Story, Natasha Boyd

Ebook Flowable — Adult Non-Fiction
Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!, Oxmoor House
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, InterVarsity Press
Life After Life: The Story of Wayne Ford, John D. Cruickshank
That Polio Season, Toronto Star Newspapers

Ebook Flowable – Children
Can You Survive the Titanic?: An Interactive Survival Adventure, Capstone Press
Cinderella Spinderella, Light Publications

Ebook Flowable – Reference/Academic
CAE Strategic Relationships: Building Rapport with the Executive Suite, The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation
Scotland’s Marine Atlas, On Behalf of the Scottish Government by APS Group Scotland

Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced – Adult Fiction
Collected, Donna M. Thompson
Mistress of France, Emma Boling, Beneath the Ink
Rain Shadow, Rebecca H. Carrer

Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced – Adult Non-Fiction
Henri, le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat, Ten Speed Press
Isa Does It, Little, Brown and Company
Pizza Pilgrims, HarperCollins

Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced – Children
Alicewinks: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Walrus & Carpenter Productions LLC
First Time on a Plane, Parragon
The Man with the Violin, Annick Press Ltd.
Seahorses & Pipefish, Dive in Your Imagination

Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced – Reference/Academic
American Sign Language (Enhanced), Thunder Bay Press
Cracking the GRE: Interactive Prep & Review for the GRE Exam, Random House Children’s Books and The Princeton Review
Introduction to Food Engineering, Elsevier/Academic Press
Julius Caesar: The Shakesperience, Sourcebooks
Language of Medicine 10th Edition, VitalSource ® Edition, Elsevier/Saunders
The Making of Star Wars, Ballantine Group

Ebook Fixed Format/Enhanced – Illustrated/Comics/Graphic Novels
A Long Way Away/Along A Long Road, Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
The World Atlas of Wine iPad Edition, Octopus Publishing Group

App – Adult Fiction
George R.R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire, Random House
Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus, Noble Beast
The Metamorphosis for iPad, Rocket Chair Media

App – Adult Non-Fiction
The Pocket Scavenger, Penguin Group (USA)

Psychometry, Carol Golemboski Ltd.
Ready, Set, Baby! The Watch and Learn Guide to Baby’s First Year, Open Air Publishing and Inkling Publishing

App – Children
The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Scholastic
Axel’s Chain Reaction, Allison Pomenta
COWZAT!, Colour Me Play
Goodnight Moon Storybook App, Loud Crow Interactive
Little Red Riding Hood, Nosy Crow

App – Illustrated/Comics Graphic Novels
Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing, HarperCollins /Harper Design

The Journey, Alta Editions

App – Reference/Academic
The Animator’s Survival Kit, Faber and Faber
Disney Animated, Touch Press/Disney
Interaction of Color by Josef Albers, Yale University Press
On the High Line, 36 Views

Digital Cover Design
Breaking Bad: Alchemy, Sony Pictures Television
A Long Way Away/Along A Long Road, Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers
The Persian Square, Davar Ardalan
A Shiver of Sharks, Little Bahalia Publishing

Transmedia (Any Format)
The 39 Clues, Scholastic
The Descent, Kobo
The Niantic Project: Ingress, Niantic Labs at Google
The Ruptured Sky, TEACH Magazine
Spirit Animals, Scholastic

The Digital Book Award for Inkling Habitat
The Louvre: All the Paintings, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers and Inkling Publishing
Modernist Cuisine at Home, The Cooking Lab
Moore’s Clinically Oriented Anatomy, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
The New Sunset Western Garden Book, Oxmoor House
The Way of Taiko, Stone Bridge Press



Ebook Flowable—These files are made in ePub and/or KF8 without utilizing features such as audio, video, HTML5, Javascript, fixed layout, pop-outs, etc., in order to work on a wide variety of e-reading devices.

Ebook Fixed format/Enhanced—These files utilize any of the enhanced ePub specifications and/or any (or all) of the full range of KF8 specifications, such as audio, video, HTML5, Javascript, fixed layout, pop-outs, etc.

App—If the title must be downloaded from an App Store, and/or the ebook title can only be read on an app platform, it’s an app. It can be a native app or a web-based app. Files formatted using ePub and KF8 specifications are not considered apps.

Transmedia—A transmedia project is a work that uses multiple platforms and formats to tell a single story or offer a complete experience. Each medium makes its own contribution to the whole. An example would be an enhanced ebook/multiplayer computer game/ web-video series.

Inkling Habitat—If the book was created using the Inkling Habitat development platform and is made available through the Inkling publishing platform it is eligible for consideration in this special award category. Inkling titles may also be submitted to the appropriate regular category in a separate entry form.


Innovation – Entries will have been conceived and executed in novel ways. Innovative titles look past their print counterparts and approach their platform natively by pushing the bounds of what has been done before.

Design – Well-designed entries display their content clearly and communicate their message effectively. Usability – Entries function as intuitively as possible and the features and/or layout are accessible for all readers to the extent possible.

Content – Excellent digital content enriches, enlightens, entertains and satisfies readers; it delivers on its promise.

Consistency – The title shows appropriate information hierarchy and font treatments throughout. In functionality and layout there are no unexpected surprises or glaring errors. Everything works, and works well.

Excellence – Award winners will have obtained the highest QED rating.

For more information or to enter the 2015 Digital Book Awards, email

The Digital Book Awards also accords “QED” designation to titles that qualify through the first-ever independent, third-party assessment of an ebook’s basic production standards. QED stands for “Quality, Excellence, Design” in ebooks. To earn the QED standard for excellence, ebooks must pass muster in a multi-format, multi-platform 13-step quality assurance (QA) process. Ebook entries are thoroughly and independently vetted on devices from mobile to eInk to tablet. The QED is a reader-centric award that lets ebook consumers know that their purchase will render correctly, no matter where or how they choose to read.

2014 QED Designees are as follows:

29th Street Publishing, Emily Books Reader36 Views, On The High LineAAA Publishing, AAA Top Destination Guide Las Vegas via AAA Mobile App

AAA Publishing, AAA Top Destination Guide Orlando via AAA Mobile App

AAA Publishing, AAA Top Destination Guide New York via AAA Mobile app

Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier, Molecular Biology 2nd Edition

Allison Pomenta, Axel’s Chain Reaction

Alta Editions, The Journey

American Dental Association, The ADA Practical Guide to Dental Office Design

Anneka Manning & OpenBook Creative, Bake Eat Love

Annick Press Ltd., The Man with the Violin

Artepublishing, Key Documents in American History: The National Archives

Auryn, Inc., Alphabet Animals

Auryn, Inc., The Chalk Box Story

AuthorHouse, I Remember Me

B&H Publishing Group, Audrey Bunny

B&H Publishing Group, The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook

Balcony 7 Media and Publishing, Dreamy Drums, Trouble in Paradise

Balcony 7 Media and Publishing, Gansevort: The King and His Court

Balcony 7 Media and Publishing, Isle of Mystery: Eyes of The King

Ballantine Group, The Making of Star Wars

Bayard / Aquafadas, J’aime Lire Store

Berrett-Keohler Publishers, co-published with AARP Books, Life Reimagined, Enhanced Edition

Bilineata Publishing & El Áncora Editores, The Lake of Stones

Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers and Inkling Publishing, The Louvre: All the Paintings

Bompiani, Storia delle terre e dei luoghi leggendari

BookRix GmbH & Co. KG, Cerberus: Book 1 of Parish, Sinkhole

Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment, Complete IELTS Student’s Book Bands 4-5

Capstone Press, Can You Survive the Titanic?: An Interactive Survival Adventure

Carol Golemboski Ltd. via Apple, Psychometry

Carson-Dellosa Publishing, Intense! Machines

Catto Creations, LLC, I Love to Color, Play, & Learn

Chronicle Books, LLC, Steam Train, Dream Train

Chronicle Books, LLC, True Blood: Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires

Clarkson Potter, Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners

Clarkson Potter, Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate

Coliloquy, LLC, Hard Listening: The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors) Tells All

Colour Me Play, COWZAT!

Comcast NBCUniversal, His Dream, Our Stories: The Legacy of the March on Washington

Corwin, Untangling the Web Interactive eBook, All my Love (for You)

Crown, The Fast Metabolism Diet

Cupcake Digital Inc., Sparky’s Birthday Surprise

Cupcake Digital Inc., Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas

Davar Ardalan, The Persian Square

Dive Into Your Imagination, Seahorses & Pipefish

DK, The Philosophy Book

Donna M. Thompson, Collected

Dorling Kindersley, DK Peekaboo! Read-Along Stories Powered by FamLoop

Duke University Press, We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements

Ebury Publishing, Self Belief: The Vision

Editora Saraiva, Código de Processo Civil e Legislação Processual em Vigor

Elsevier, Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy

Elsevier, Immunology

Elsevier, Principles of Medical Biochemistry

Elsevier/Academic Press (imprint), Introduction to Food Engineering

Elsevier/Saunders, The Language of Medicine 10th Edition, VitalSource® Edition

Emma Boling, Beneath the Ink, Mistress of France

Empowerment Productions LLC, EggMania – Where’s the Egg in Exactly?

EngageLab, Bridging Book

Faber and Faber, The Animator’s Survival Kit

FableVision, National Writing Project, Reading is Fundamental, Water Wonders

FamLoop, Oz Tales StoryGame by FamLoop

Getty Publications, Looking East: Rubens’s Encounter with Asia

Gräfe und Unzer Verlag, Die Welt in Lafers Küche – Fleisch und Geflügel

Gräfe und Unzer Verlag, Indische Küche in London – Special Edition

Gypsy House, Tampa, Florida, How Do We Love?

Hachette Book Group, Rose Kennedy’s Family Album: From the Fitzgerald Kennedy Private Collection 1878-1946

Hachette Book Group, Safe Haven

Hachette/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill

HarperCollins, Pizza Pilgrims

HarperCollins, Ecco, Defending the Title (Enhanced e-Book)

HarperCollins, Ecco, Fortitude (Enhanced e-Book) iBA

HarperCollins, Harper Perennial, The Things They Cannot Say (Enhanced Edition)

HarperCollins, William Collins, Catastrophe 1914

HarperCollins, William Morrow, Relish (Enhanced Edition) iBA

HarperCollins/Harper Design, Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing

HHS Administration on Children, Youth and Families/US Children’s Bureau, The Children’s Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood

Hudson Whitman/ Excelsior College Press, N21- Nursing in the 21st Century – A Mobile Journal

Hullabalu, Pan: The Fearless Beribolt

Infonouveau, A Fox in Paris

IntelliVen, Manage To Lead: Seven Truths to Help You Change the World

InterVarsity Press, One Bible Many Versions

InterVarsity Press, Playing God

InterVarsity Press, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

John D. Cruickshank, Life after Life: The Story of Wayne Ford

John D. Cruickshank, Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd., Shock: An investigation into the startling comeback of electroconvulsive therapy

John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd., Marketing: iStudy Version 2

Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand, The Complete Teach Like a Champion

Kaplan Publishing, Kaplan Mobile Prep for the NCLEX-RN® + 2 Practice Tests

Kazap Corp, The Elements Club

Kindoma Inc., Kindoma Storytime

Kisbo, Find Me

Knopf, Stay, Illusion

Kobo, The Descent

Leviathan (self-published), Shadowlands

Light Publications, Cinderella Spinderella

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Moore’s Clinically Oriented Anatomy

Little Bahalia Publishing, A Shiver of Sharks

Little, Brown and Company, Isa Does It

Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, A Long Way Away/Along A Long Road

Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, The Dark

LivoBooks, Doki Explores Space

LivoBooks, Welcome to the Vampire’s Lair … If You Dare!

LivoBooks, Zuly Playing in the Backyard

Logos Bible Software, Faithlife Study Bible

Loud Crow Interactive, Goodnight Moon Storybook App

Lucky Penny Press, Pablito and the Speckled

McLellan Interactive Publishing, One In A ThousandMegapops, Millie’s Crazy Dinosaur Adventure

MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Musical Instruments (MFA Highlights)

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Verso: Unveiling the Backstory

MOODBOOKS, The Last Extinction

Muse Clio, LLC, Magic Stories of the Metropolitan Museum

Music Together®, One Little Owl

Natasha Boyd, Eversea: A Love Story

National Geographic Books, Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life with Dogs

National Geographic Kids, Just Joking

Navitas, How Not to Run Your Business: A Guide for the Positive Thinker

New World Library, The Sexy Vegan Cookbook

Niantic Labs at Google, The Alignment: Ingress

Niantic Labs at Google, The Niantic Project: Ingress

Noble Beast, Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus

Non Sequitur Press, Assured Destruction Series
Nosy Crow, Little Red Riding Hood

Nosy Crow, Rounds: Parker Penguin

NSTA Press (National Science Teachers Association), Interdependence of Life

Oceanhouse Media, Clam-I-Am!: All About the Beach

Octopus Publishing Group, The World Atlas of Wine iPad Edition

On behalf of The Scottish Government by APS Group Scotland, Scotland’s Marine Atlas

Open Air Publishing and Inkling Publishing, Ready, Set, Baby! The Watch and Learn Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

Oxford University Press, Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf

Oxford University Press, Q: Skills for Success Level 1 Listening and Speaking eBook

Oxmoor House, Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!

Oxmoor House, The New Sunset Western Garden Book

Parragon, First Time on a Plane

Penguin, Chasing the Sun Deluxe

Penguin, Christina Pirello’s Wellness 1,000 Deluxe

Penguin, Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville Files

Penguin, Of Mice and Men: Teacher’s Deluxe Edition

Penguin, Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics

Penguin, Traveling Sprinkler Deluxe

Penguin Books NZ Pty Ltd, Hairy Maclairy from Donaldson’s Dairy

Penguin Group (USA), The Pocket Scavenger

Play Creatividad, The Guardian of Imagination HD

PlayDate Digital, My Little Pony: Party of One

Random House Children’s Books and The Princeton Review, Cracking the GRE: Interactive Prep & Review for the GRE Exam

Random House Digital, Barbie Color, Sparkle and Style

Random House Digital, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Random House Publishing Group, George R. R. Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire

Random House Publishing Group, Night Film Decoder

Random House Reference, Storied Sips: Evocative Cocktails for Everyday Escapes, with 40 Recipe

Real World Change Management, LLC, Change Management in the Real World

Rebecca H. Carrer, Rain Shadow

Rizzoli, Ragazza entra in un bar

Rocket Chair Media, The Metamorphosis for iPad


Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, Cultural Anthropology 2nd Edition

Samfundslitteratur, Business Behavior – The International Guide

Scholastic, Spirit Animals

Scholastic, The Adventures of Captain Underpants iPad App

Scholastic Inc., The 39 Clues

Scholastic Media, Clifford’s BIG Birthday

Scholastic New Zealand, Ransomwood

Seal Press, Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover

Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books, Making It: A Novel of Madison Avenue

Skywriter Media, The Ketchup Monster

Slim Cricket, The Little Witch at School

Sony Pictures Television, Breaking Bad: Alchemy

Sourcebooks, Julius Caesar: The Shakesperience

Sourcebooks, Put Me In The Story – Personalized Books

Sourcebooks, Stuff You Missed in History Class: A Guide to History’s Biggest Myths, Mysteries, and Marvels

Sprigleaf, Scandalous Brides

Stanford University, Laboratory protocols

StarWalk Kids Media, Between the Covers

StarWalk Kids Media, Critter Sitters

StarWalk Kids Media, The Impossible Shrinking Machine

StarWalk Kids Media, Water Stories: Adventures Afloat

Stone Bridge Press, The Way of Taiko

TEACH Magazine, The Ruptured Sky

Teachers Created Materials, Kids Learn Sight Words 1-300

Teachers Created Materials, Sing and Learn Nursery Rhymes

Telegram Studios, Det kommer aldrig va över för mig

Telegram Studios, Don’t Say a Word

Ten Speed Press, Henri, le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat

The Cooking Lab, Modernist Cuisine at Home

The Dini Group, Ltd, Workflow: Beyond Productivity

The IIA Research Foundation, Sawyer’s Guide for Internal Auditors

The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation, CAE Strategic Relationships: Building Rapport with the Executive Suite

The James Gang, Banned on the Hill

The New Book Press, LLC, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thunder Bay Press, American Sign Language (Enhanced)

Thunder Bay Press, Anatomy 360 (Enhanced)

Time Home Entertainment, LIFE The Day Kennedy Died

Toronto Star Newspapers, That Polio Season

Touch Press/Disney, Disney Animated

Twin Sisters IP, LLC, Five Monkeys

University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Spanish English Dictionary App

Vidya Gamer, LLC, Crowded Fiction: Jackson’s Choice

Vook, Composing Price

Vook, We, Haiku

Wake Forest University Digital Publishing, Pearls around the Neck

Walrus & Carpenter Productions LLC, Alicewinks: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Wasabi Productions, Gorilla Band 3D Story Book

Wineology Press, Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand

Wired Ballywho, Kingdom of Hamelot Series III: Rise of the Dark Kingdom

Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, Evidence: Practice, Problems, and Rules

Yale University Press, Interaction of Color by Josef Albers

ZoomerMedia Limited, The Zoomer Philosophy Volume 1