PIA Guidelines

In 2011, the ebook turns forty years old, but the medium has grown leaps and bounds in the past year, thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of publishers, developers, and content creators. In order to recognize the best of the best in this still nascent medium, Digital Book World created the Publishing Innovation Awards.

The Publishing Innovation Awards honor both the publishers, traditional and non-traditional, and developers of ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and book apps that best illustrate the myriad possibilities beyond simply replicating the print experience. The Awards are not only a valuable honor for authors, but also benefit publishers and developers by providing a prominent marketing platform for their finest titles.


November 1, 2011



  • Be recognized as the best in digital publishing during a time of exponential growth.
  • Join other innovators at the premier event for trade book publishing and showcase your work in front of hundreds of your peers.
  • Benefit from a broad-based marketing campaign – previous winners have been featured in the LA Times, Publishers Lunch, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and more.
  • Receive rigorous, professional, independent testing of ebooks and enhanced ebooks in the all-new QED, the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” for ebook design in multiple formats and platforms.


All entries must be submitted electronically through our secure entry page. You will have the option to upload your full ebook or provide a redemption code for a full application during the submission. If you are unable to provide us with access to your entry during the online submission process, you will have the opportunity to do so after you have completed your submission. Unfortunately, entries that do not provide a full ebook or book app will not be eligible for judging.


PIA consideration (includes QED for ebooks and enhanced ebooks): $199

QED consideration only: $125

You may submit as many entries as you wish.  You may enter the same project in multiple platforms but you will need to complete a separate form and pay a separate fee for each platform. Payment: A credit card number or a check or money order for the required jury fee (in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. bank) must accompany your submission. Please make checks out to F+W Media, Inc.

All winners will be notified by December 31, 2011. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are announced November 15th. Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results. Your cancelled check or credit-card charge will be notification for receipt of your entry.

Occasionally we make portions of our customer list available to other companies so they may contact you about products and services that may interest you. If you prefer we withhold your name, send a note with your name, address and the competition name to: List Manager, F+W Media, Inc., 4700 East Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45236