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Celebrating Innovation in Apps and eBook Publishing

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.

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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

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

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
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

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, contact tara.johnson@fwmedia.com


Thank you to Anne Kostick, Principal, Foxpath IND, and to all of our judges for lending their expertise to the judging of this year’s awards.

Thank you to our sponsors for their funding and support.