Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 19: Publishing Innovation Awards

"A well-crafted ebook is essential both from the reader's perspective, as well as the publishers'—a reader will respond to a well-crafted, beautifully designed ebook. They will feel like they got their money's worth when they interact with a professional-quality product. A quality ebook is going to be increasingly crucial as a component of a publisher's brand going forward."
—Pablo Defendini, Interactive Producer, Open Road Integrated Media

The Publishing Innovation Awards honor the most innovative ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and book apps in 14 categories. It is the mission of the PIAs to highlight excellent publishers/authors, encourage new thinking, and improve the reading experience in the digital age.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

Winning Entries Receive:
· Recognition in front of your peers at Digital Book World 2012 in New York
· A showcase of your product at Digital Book World 2012
· A multipoint marketing campaign (last year's included features in the LA Times,Publishers Lunch,Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, and more)
· The QED (Quality, Excellence, Design) seal for your book—the equivalent of a "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval™" for an ebook

The Publishing Innovation Awards celebrate publishers, designers and authors who are improving the reading experience in the digital age. If your ebook, enhanced ebook or book app presents solid design that keeps readability front and center or introduces interactive or social elements that improve the reading experience, we want to see it.

Even if you don't win, your ebook will be evaluated for a QED seal. You'll receive valuable feedback, and if your ebook passes our 13-point design review, you'll get a QED seal to help attract readers who value clear, usable design.

More about the QED Seal
The QED Seal, new to this year's Publishing Innovation Awards, signals to an ebook reader that the title will render well in whatever their preferred reading format and that they can buy with confidence. It is an emblem that publishers, authors, and content creators can affix to their ebook cover and metadata that assures readers they can read that title where they want, how they want.
Your entry in the Publishing Innovation Awards includes a professional 13-point design review that evaluates readability across multiple formats. Regardless of whether you win the PIA awards, you'll receive valuable feedback on your ebook or app's usability and, if your product passes the inspection, you'll receive the QED Seal to help you communicate your digital offering's high standards to potential readers. Click here to find out more about the QED Seal judging process.


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