eBookMan, Simon & Schuster, iPublish Among Winners of e-Book Awards
Peter Yianilos, president and CTO for Franklin Electronic Publishers, received the Technology Award at the first annual eBook Awards held at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany in October. Franklin Electronic Publishers recently unveiled its e-book reader, eBookMan, a handheld, electronic, multimedia device.The top prize of $100,000 for best fiction work originally published in e-book form was split between two authors: David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi (Simon & Schuster); and E.M. Schorb for his murder mystery e-book Paradise Square (Denlinger's Publishers).
The goals of the awards program were to recognize and hone e-book authors, promote e-publishing to a wide variety of authors from around the world and bring e-books to the wider attention of the reading public, according to Peter Mollman, judging director for the IeBAF foundation, a sponsor, and a former publishing and software executive with World Book and Random House. "Especially gratifying," he adds, "was that so many of the submissions came from pure e-book publishers,
pioneers in this new world." Other award winners include:
* Original e-book category: Ed McBain, The Last Dance (Simon & Schuster); and Larry Colton, Counting Coup (iPublish.com at Time Warner Books)
* E-Book converted from print category: Zadie Smith, White Teeth (Random House).
IeBAF is sponsored by e-book industry leaders such as Microsoft, Reciprocal, Overdrive, Adobe/Glassbook and Open eBook Forum. For more information on the awards: www.iebaf.org
Reciprocal Integrates Microsoft Reader DRM
Reciprocal, a digital rights management (DRM) and digital commerce services company, integrated Microsoft's DRM solution into its 24/7 Digital Clearinghouse Server product. Digital Asset Server (DAS) is Microsoft's technology for providing secure distribution of e-books in Microsoft Reader format. With this integration, noted Reciprocal officials, the company answers demand from its growing network of publishers, e-tailers and distributors for the e-book Reader software format.