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Digital Book World 2019 Awards Finalists Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Finalists for The Digital Book World Awards.

In addition to the awards listed below, the DAISY Consortium is currently determining the Finalists for the Digital Book World Accessibility Award, Presented By DAISY. Those results will be announced when they are available.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Digital Book World will present three special awards for Outstanding Achievement this year in the publishing industry.

Margot Atwell (Head of Publishing, Kickstarter) for organizing the groundbreaking publishing conference "The Next Page," the DAISY Consortium for the creation and release of the powerful Ace accessibility tool, and Mary Ghikas for guiding the American Library Association through a challenging period of publisher relations. All three of these awards will be presented by their peers as part of the DBW Reception.

Digital Book World 2019 Finalists

Publisher Of The Year

Mango Publishing


University of California Press

Amazon Publishing

Stripe Press

Workman Publishing

Oxford University Press

Simon & Schuster


X Artists' Books

Publishing Executive of the Year

James Daunt (CEO, Waterstones)

Dominique Raccah (CEO, Sourcebooks)

Markus Dohle (CEO, Penguin Random House)

Krishan Trotman (Executive Editor, Hachette)

Jeff James (VP and Publisher, HarperCollins Leadership)

Margot Atwell (Head of Publishing, Kickstarter)

The DBW Medal For Leadership In Diversity

Ellen Oh (WeNeedDiverseBooks)

Crystal Swain-Bates (Author)

Natalie Carter / Melissa Cummings-Quarry (Black Girls Book Club (London))

Jenn Baker (Minorities in Publishing)

Haki Madhubuti (Third World Press)

Publishing Commentator of the Year

Joanna Penn

Jane Friedman

Sam Missingham

Orna Ross

Molly Flatt

Best Book (Fiction)

An Orchestra Of Minorities (Chigozie Obioma)

Meet Me In Monaco (Hazel Gaynor / Heather Webb)

Beneath The Lighthouse (Julieanne Lynch)

On The Come Up (Angie Thomas)

Women Talking (Miriam Toews)

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)

Sugar Run (Mesha Maren)

We Came Here To Forget (Andrea Dunlop)

Best Book (Non-Fiction)

The Mueller Report (The Internet Archive / Digital Public Library of America)

Choosing Happiness - Rudrani Devi

The League of Wives: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Took On The US Government To Bring Their Husbands Home (Heath Hardage Lee)

Unfreedom Of The Press (Mark Levin)

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769-2018 (The Paul Mellon Centre)

Parkland: Birth Of A Movement (Dave Cullen)

Woonyoomboo The Night Heron (SharingStories Foundation)

The Uninhabitable Earth - Life After Warming (David Wallace-Wells)

Political Correctness (Michael Eric Dyson et al)

Best Book (Children's)

We Are Not Friends (Anna Kang)

Illegal (Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin)

Born Just Right (Jordan Reeves)

How About A Purple Balloon (Susan Hammond)

Liberty Lane: A Conservative Children's Book Series (Josh Bansal / Amalia Halikias)

How To Read A Book (Kwame Alexander)

Best Book (Business)

The Customer Centricity Playbook (Peter Fader and Sarah Toms)

The Making Of A Manager (Julie Zhuo)

Case Master: Thoughtful Cases For Competitive Future Consultants (Valentin Nugmanov)

Digital Minimalism: Choosing A Focused Life In A Noisy World (Cal Newport)

5 Years Of Must Reads From HBR: 2019 Edition (Michael E. Porter et al)

Best Book (Poetry)

1919 (Eve L. Ewing)

Where Light Meets Darkness: A Pilgrim's Sacred Muse (Jonathan Heppner)

Civilian (Deonte Osayande)

The Twenty-Ninth Year (Hala Alyan)

Best Book (Suspense/Horror)

Her One Mistake (Heidi Perks)

Xenon Phobia (Sterling Emmal)

Five Midnights (Ann Davila Cardinal)

Wanderer (Chuck Wendig)

Best Book (Religious / Inspirational)

Devotedly: The Personal Letters And Love Story Of Jim And Elisabeth Elliot (Valerie Shepard)

Ayesha At Last (Uzma Jalaluddin)

Miracle Lady (Amy Collier Artman)

Best Book Published By A University Press

Antidemocracy In America (Columbia University Press)

Bubbles and Crashes (Stanford University Press)

A World Beyond Physics (Oxford University Press)

Hope And History (Cornell University Press)

Blind Injustice (University of California Press)

Best Publishing Technology

Bookchain (Scenarex)

Penny Magic

The Reading Realm

My Virtual Literary Festival


Skill Flow Builder (Amazon)

Best Use of Emerging Technology

The Ghostkeeper's Journal and Field Guide (Japhet Asher)

The Chef (James Patterson)

Space Race (Ben Hubbard)

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)

Disney Read-Along Books (Google / Disney)


Shift To All Digital-First Textbooks (Pearson)

Audible Customer Support Line Through Alexa (Amazon)

Best Use Of Podcasting In Publishing

Remember Reading (HarperCollins)

Print Run (Laura Zats / Erik Hane)

Black Girl Book Club (Jordan Bailey / Lauren Mayfield)

Minorities in Publishing (Jenn Baker)

The Creative Penn Podcast (Joanna Penn)

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