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IBPA is Proud to Announce the Newest Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards Honorees

Monday, November 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - June 24, 2016) -- The definition of “book” continues to expand, and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) honors and encourages the field’s innovators with its unique digital book awards program: the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards (BFDAs). The most recent honorees, sixteen total, are listed below.

Launched in 2013 to honor innovation in electronic publishing by individuals and organizations of all sizes, the BFDA program awards both Gold and Silver designations on a rolling basis based on the degree to which the digital book exhibits exceptional content, design, and use of technology. All entrants benefit from direct feedback from judges, a hallmark of IBPA’s longstanding and well-respected Benjamin Franklin print book awards, now in its 29th year.

And don't forget about the Benjamin Franklin print award program! Submissions for the 2017 awards are open now. All print award finalists will be honored during a gala dinner in Portland, Oregon in April 2017 as part of IBPA's annual Publishing University. Click here for more information about Publishing University, and to register.

Now on to our most recent BFDA honorees -


Heather House Witch Of The Moors
Publisher: My Bento Box Books
Scotland, 1589. As spare for the heir, Alec Montgomery devoted his time to the pursuit of pleasure. Lighthearted and fiercely loyal, he spent his days as his brother's right-hand. But one stormy night, a mysterious crone and a chance meeting on the moors alters his fate forever. Fleeing the Montgomery raids, Sorcha Cunningham stumbled upon the refuge of Heather House with its ancient stone circle. The dreams began that night, visions of horror, forcing her into the arms of her enemy—the one man capable of shielding her from King James VI of Scotland and the North Berwick Witch Trials.



Abraham Lincoln And Mexico: A History Of Courage, Intrigue And Unlikely Friendships
Publisher: Egret Books
This new book by a noted Ph.D. historian and professor is one of the best books available about relations between the United States and Mexico before, during, and after that war. It shines new light on reasons for the US invasion, and opposition by Abraham Lincoln and other politicians to the unjustified and unconstitutional decision by President Polk to unilaterally initiate the war. The book covers more than two decades of US history, from 1846 to the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, including Lincoln's involvement to free Mexico from French occupation by the Imperialist Army of Napoleon III. As such, this is a book which is long overdue and one that treats Lincoln as an international figure, not merely an American one.


Black Bead: Book One Of The Black Bead Chronicles
Publisher: Wayward Books
On a savage planet colonists have built a society that lives in harmony with all life. Cheobawn, a child of the village, was marked with the Black Bead, a symbol of bad luck and shame. Yet there is something powerful about her the elders don’t understand. Finally of age, Cheobawn joins a pack as the psychic Ear on a mission outside the Home Dome. This is her chance to prove herself. But something sinister stalks them and they must draw on their strengths and training if they want to survive. Unravel the mysteries of the deceptively bucolic life beneath the dome in this coming of age metaphysical science fiction adventure.


Condo Mania
Publisher: Red Engine Press
The author shares his years of experience in the condo industry - sometimes serious and sometimes humorous - but always informative. As author Del Staecker said, "No one knows condos like Leo Rosenberger." From rabid cats to tangled squirrels and through all the demands, antics and foibles of condo residents, Leo is the gold standard.



Second Chances
Publisher: Lincoln Cole Publishing
Nichole, a young black woman, is caught in a tough position. She is juggling too many responsibilities as her world falls apart around her. When her mother turns up missing while performing an errand, Nichole is left picking up the pieces of her shattered life and taking care of her younger siblings. She isn’t sure where she can turn to for help, and she is facing a lot of harsh realities about how life works and how much prejudice can hold her back. Richard is a lawyer who lost himself in corporate law. He wants to help Nichole through her heartbreaking situation, but he makes mistakes and loses her trust. He discovers that he’s been doing the right things for the wrong reasons for a long time. Everything begins to fall apart as he realizes he's swept problems under the rug for so long he might no longer be able to fix them. After meeting a young alcoholic who is struggling to take control of his life, Richard wakes up to just how far off-course his life has become and attempts to right it. He asks Nichole for a second chance to help her overcome her obstacles, and he hopes it isn't too late. Can Nichole and Richard overcome their prejudices and get a Second Chance?


A Stone's Throw: Memoir of a Dope Fiend
Publisher: Primordial Productions
A hedonistic descent from innocence to narcissism into the dark culture of IV methamphetamine, psychedelics, organized drug crime and sex in 80’s Los Angeles. Pot and alcohol at 14, LSD by 15, and slamming-dope by 17. Scott’s high-school friends became a notorious counterfeit and drug-dealing group in L.A. Intense, shocking and brutal to the senses, A Stone's Throw teleports you on a journey he barely survived. A sinister, secret society of sex, crime, and intense hybrids of narcotics mostly unknown to society. Everything is revealed as you vicariously experience it.


Study It Grammar: Book 2
Publisher: Connect School of Languages
The Study It Grammar series is an exclusively-designed integrated skills and interactive textbook for students, teachers and schools. The Study It Grammar series consists of 8 different levels. Book 2 of 8 is for Pre-Intermediate language learners. In Book 2, students will learn: the simple past, simple present, comparatives and superlatives and count/non-count with prepositions and articles. Each unit contains vocabulary, listening, speaking, writing and reading practice as well as an additional review section. The books are designed to be used in-class.


Publisher: World Castle Publishing
TRISOMY XXI, a horror/sci-fi/mystery novel, is the thrilling story about the adventures of Joshua Allen, a sixteen-year-old boy who was born with an extra chromosome—a genetic aberration known as Trisomy XXI, or Down Syndrome. When a serious accident leaves him in a coma at the hospital, Joshua receives a mysterious injection that endows him with supernatural powers. The transformed teen is linked to a string of bizarre, unexplained deaths that have both the town’s sheriff and the coroner completely baffled. But when a ghastly creature from another planet lands on Earth and begins its hunt for Joshua—viciously slaughtering anyone in its path in order to complete its deadly mission—Joshua and his friends are thrown into a world of horror that is totally out of control. What follows is a horrific life-and-death struggle with the seemingly-indestructible extraterrestrial being. The salvation of an entire race of aliens hangs in the balance!


Your Soul Was Made for Mine
Publisher: Winding Road Publisher
A contemporary romance book in a new shade of grey. The tragic death of Emmalyn’s husband brings her in contact with Irish billionaire, Nolan. A friendship ensues that blossoms into desire, passion, and love. Their meeting quickly grows into a sexy, erotic adventure complete with dangers, intrigue, and a mysterious angel who guides them.

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