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2019 DBW Awards Winners




Digital Book World Reveals Winners of the 2019 DBW Awards

Honorees Represent Books, Publishers, Industry Leaders and Technology

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2019) – Digital Book World (DBW) – the gathering of the wide world of publishing – named the winners of the 2019 DBW Awards during a special ceremony and reception on the evening of Sept 10 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

"We are honored to recognize some of the best of the best with the 2019 DBW Awards,” said Bradley Metrock, executive producer of Digital Book World and CEO of Score Publishing and the VoiceFirst Events series of conferences. “Congratulations to all of the winners, who each represent best-in-class industry achievement.”

Winners of the 2019 DBW Awards include:


Publisher of the Year

  • Simon & Schuster


Publishing Executive of the Year

  • James Daunt, CEO, Waterstones


The DBW Medal for Leadership in Diversity

  • Crystal Swain-Bates, Author


The DAISY Consortium Award for Accessibility in Publishing

  • VitalSource


DBW Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Margot Atwell, Kickstarter


DBW Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Mary Ghikas, American Library Association


DBW Outstanding Achievement Award

  • DAISY Consortium


Best Publishing Technology

  • Bookchain (Scenarex)

  • Skill Flow Builder (Amazon)


Best Use of Emerging Technology

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)


Best Use of Podcasting in Publishing

  • Print Run (Laura Zats / Erik Hane)

Publishing Commentator of the Year

  • Jane Friedman, The Hot Sheet and


Best Book (Fiction)

  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)


Best Book (Non-Fiction)

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


Best Book (Children's)

  • Born Just Right (Jordan Reeves)


Best Book (Business)

  • The Customer Centricity Playbook (Peter Fader and Sarah Toms)


Best Book (Poetry)

  • 1919 (Eve L. Ewing)


Best Book (Suspense/Horror)

  • Five Midnights (Ann Davila Cardinal)


Best Book (Religious / Inspirational)

  • Miracle Lady (Amy Collier Artman)


Best Book (Published by a University Press)

  • Blind Injustice (University of California Press)


For additional information about Digital Book World or the DBW Awards, visit Follow Digital Book World on Twitter: @DigiBookWorld or via #DBW19.


About VoiceFirst Events

Digital Book World is produced by VoiceFirst Events (a Score Publishing company), which hosts a portfolio of other leading events that explore the emergence of voice-tech and AI, including: Voice of the Flash Briefing, a VoiceFirst.TV online event (Oct. 3); The Voice of Money (Oct. 29 in New York City); and Project Voice, the No. 1 event for voice-tech and AI in America, taking place the week after CES (Jan. 13-17, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn.), among others. To learn more about these events, visit


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Note to Editors: Press passes to Digital Book World 2020 and the 2020 DBW Awards in Nashville, Tenn. may be requested.

Media Contact:

Aaron Kiel

ak PR Group (for VoiceFirst Events)

919-325-3358 – Office

310-699-4805 – Cell





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