Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Winners

Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Winners

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is pleased to announce the newest winners of the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards (BFDA), designed to honor innovation in electronic book publishing by individuals and organizations of all sizes.

BFDA winners are judged against a standard of excellence in four categories: E-Books, Enhanced E-Books, Books as Apps, and New Technologies. Both Gold and Silver awards are distributed to entries that showcase exceptional content and design. Regardless of whether they win an award, all entries benefit from direct, constructive feedback from judges.

E-Book Winners:

Taden ChesterfieldTaden Chesterfield
Publisher: Little Finn
Award: Gold
Taden Chesterfield is comprised of six interesting and unique stories. The book is about a boy who finds adventures. From the get-go, the stage is set when the protagonist has his play sword taken from him by his mother. The idea is that one does not necessarily need to engage in violence, albeit pretend violence, in order to resolve conflict. Struggle can be resolved through tolerance, intelligence and empathy. By following the adventures of the title character, one can see that making positive decisions may, in turn, have a positive effect on one’s life and the lives of others.
Order information: KOBO, Amazon, iBookstore and Barnes & Noble – here!

StunningPhotographyTony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
Publisher: Mason Press
Award: Gold
In this book, Tony Northrup (award-winning author of more than 30 how-to books and a professional portrait, wildlife, and landscape photographer) teaches you both the art and science of creating stunning pictures. Teacher and peer support give the benefits of a classroom at the reader’s own pace. * Lifetime updates keep the book up-to-date as technology and trends change and add new content based on reader requests.
Order Info: Amazon; iTunes
BettyWhite - First 90Betty White: The First 90 Years
Publisher: Blue River Press
Award: Silver
This takes fan-based takes a look at one of America’s most loved and most endearing stars and if the first nine decades of her life are any indication there is a lot of fun still to come. Betty White: The First 90 Years covers most of Betty’s life, but focuses primarily on her career from the 1950’s through today. The book provides an astounding number of facts and is designed to appeal to the popular culture enthusiast and delivers on that score. It contains hundreds of footnotes and index references.
Order Info: Amazon

GetRichOnceYou Should Only Have to Get Rich Once – For Entrepreneurs
Publisher: Holcombe Financial
Award: Silver
The humbling reality is that financial planning is an optimistic guessing game. Rarely do financial plans project negative outcomes. Realistically, only 35% of new US businesses make it past 5 years- and fewer than 4% pass the $1 million mark. No matter what industry, this book teaches readers ways to retain wealth as an entrepreneur. Pulling from real-life experiences, the book outlines 13 rules to help guide and protect tycoons throughout their entrepreneurial journey by helping them create their own methods to fight the temptations that bankrupted some intelligent people and have a fighting chance in an uncertain world.
Order Info: Amazon; BarnesandNoble.com
Light & DarkLight & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight
Publisher: Light & Dark
Award: Silver
Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight is a unique take on good vs. evil, with a touch of excellent characterization, breathtaking sights to read about, and an inviting world of magic, dragons, and swordplay. The work is accented with a distinctive symbol created specifically for the setting, drawing the reader deeper into the backdrop of the fantastical surroundings that a reader of any age can enjoy.
Order Info: Amazon
AfricanGameTrailsAfrican Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist
Publisher: Boone and Crockett Club
Award: Silver
African Game Trails is the second book in Boone and Crockett Club’s new series of digitally remastered classic hunting and adventure books. This book includes over 100 images reproduced from the original printing of the book in 1910. In the table of contents you’ll find a list of all of the illustrations that hyperlink to the photos within the text.
Order Info: Amazon
Spaghetti Is Not A Finger FoodSpaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons
Publisher
: Little Pickle Press
Award: Silver
In this humorous book about an eight-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, written by Jodi Carmichael and illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, Connor struggles to make his way through a typical school day. This chapter book offers a series of humorous short stories that give the reader a humorous glimpse in to the life of Connor. It is currently ranked #7 in Short Stories and on Amazon, #18 in Special Needs, and #26 in Social Issues.
Order Info: Amazon

Glad to Be DadGlad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood
Publisher
: Familius
Award: Silver
Award-winning Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood  has exceptional focus (helping dads become more integral in the lives of their families); its rich content and story by award-winning author Tim J. Myers which uses Tim’s experience raising his daughter as the conceit to explore everything from the role of fathers to using your imagination for playtime to how to improve romance with your spouse to how to manage medical emergencies, dinner, and shopping from a man’s perspective;, its use of tables and charts to complement the story; and it’s design to bring form and function to the book.
Order Info: Amazon

Book As App Winners:

Teddys Day HDTeddy’s Day HD
Publisher: Exile Press
Award: Silver
The app takes Teddy’s adventures and makes them interactive to inspire young minds as they explore the world around them through the eyes of Teddy. Includes story audio (plus new/extra audio), never before seen pictures of Teddy on his adventures, games, activities and even a coloring book.
Order Info: iTunes

 

Enhanced E-Book Winners:

EggmaniaEggmania: Where’s the Egg in Exactly?
Publisher: Empowerment Productions
Award: Silver
EggMania is a multi-sensory, rhyming tale of adventure loaded with brainy enrichment. Acknowledging that kids learn through play, EggMania was written to educate and entertain children growing up in today’s digital world. EggMania is a versatile learning tool in the areas of language development, creative writing, art, science, and speech.
Order info: iTunes

Great ImpressionistGreat Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings: The Musée d’Orsay
Publisher: Artepublishing
Award: Gold
What makes this Impressionists book so innovative? It can be read like a normal art book. There are over two hundred featured illustrations of paintings in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, which has the world’s greatest collection of Impressionist art, along with texts and captions. But that’s where the similarity to a traditional art book ends. The illustrations can all be enlarged to see fine details of the paintings. In addition to the texts, there are over three hours of audio commentaries by Dr. Charles F. Stuckey, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Impressionist art.
Order Info: iTunes
TailwindsTailwinds: Adventures of a Young Aviator
Publisher: Para Publishing
Award: Silver
Tailwinds: Adventures of a Young Aviator, takes place in the late 30s and early 40s. It is illustrated with black-and-white photos that were taken at that time. There are maps depicting all the places the young hero visits. Fascinating videos provide backup material and almost all were from the 1940s era.
Order Info: Amazon

Twas the NightTwas The Night Before Christmas
Publisher: Grafton and Scratch Publishers
Award: Silver
This edition is an enhanced, interactive version with read along functions, reindeer fly, jingle bells ring and snow falls making this a first for this 189 year old poem. This edition took the bold step of editing out the reference to Santa smoking a pipe to best protect young children from the influence of tobacco imagery, based on evidence that such imagery can play a role in future uptake to tobacco by children. This edition is responsible for stimulating a worldwide discussion about tobacco prevention that reached Bombay to Steve Colbert, The View, NBC Nightly News, the BBC and NPR.
Order Info: Amazon
Startup Owners ManualThe Startup Owner’s Manual — The Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Great Company
Publisher: K & S Ranch
Award: Silver
This is a unique three-in-one interactive reading experience. This easy-to-follow reference reconfigures material from the popular, fast-selling startup bible by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf, providing separate streamlined “books” within the book dedicated to Strategy, Physical Channel Startups and Web/Mobile Channel Startups. A vast collection of links to outside resources — videos, blog posts, news articles, SlideShare decks – give additional insight into the Customer Development process the book describes. The result is a comprehensive, interactive reading experience that startups of all stripes can tailor to their individual needs.
Order Info: Amazon
The Continuous ProfileThe Continuous Profile
Publisher: The Continuous Profile, LLC
Award: Silver
The Continuous Profile is a “craft” eBook available for sale on the iBookstore in 50 countries. The target audience is the craftsman interested in creating unique 3-dimensional art abstractions on the wood lathe. The eBook fully exploits the use of interactive “widgets” including photos, slideshows, videos, and 3D animations.
Order Info: iTunes
Further information about the BFDA program is available at www.ibpa-bfda.org.
More information about all the winning entries is available at http://bfda-ibpa.tumblr.com/.

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