Two Vook-Created eBooks Win Publishing Innovation Awards

Digital Book World honors two ebooks in fiction and nonfiction for groundbreaking technology innovation made possible through Vook.

New York, NY, January 18, 2013 --( Digital Book World has announced that authors Chris Rickaby and JD Messinger are recipients of this year’s Publishing Innovation Awards for the best fiction and nonfiction ebooks respectively. The announcement was made today at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. According to its website, the 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.”

Rickaby’s Shuffle: an e-novel won the Publishing Innovation Award in Fiction, recognized for new, innovative reader-interaction capabilities. With seven possible beginnings and seven possible endings, Shuffle’s stories are cleverly tied together through the different songs found on an iPod. At the end of every story, readers can click on an iPod graphic to decide which chapter they’d like to read next. Rickaby, the creator of the groundbreaking concept, says “Shuffle does for reading what digital music players do for music. Lots of discussions around ebooks are still just about taking old forms of narrative structure onto the new publishing platforms. I wanted to write something that was purposefully designed as an e-novel from the beginning. The e-build mechanic that Vook has delivered perfectly resonates with the main themes of the book.” Shuffle was developed by Vook under the direction of Jeffrey Yozwiak and is available for $6.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iBookstore, and Vook’s store.

Nonfiction winner 11 Days in May: The Conversation That Will Change Your Life—an account of Messinger’s spiritual journey—utilizes Democrasoft’s WeJIT technology, implemented by Vook's ebook developers, Adam Schnapper and Jeffrey Yozwiak, allowing readers to communicate directly with the author. These topic-based discussions are made possible with embedded WeJIT links in the ebook that direct readers to an online discussion forum where they can engage with each other and the author. Conversations can be shared beyond the confines of the ebook via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other sharing methods built into WeJITs. “I was inspired to create a total immersion experience,” says Messinger. “What that meant I wasn’t exactly sure, I just knew that I needed to somehow make 11 Days in May not just an engaging book, but an interactive story.” The WeJIT and video-enhanced edition of 11 Days in May is available for $14.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iBookstore, and Vook’s store.

Vook’s VP of Business Development, Matthew Cavnar, says “At Vook, we’ve been innovating since we launched video-enhanced ebooks to the world, and we’re pleased to be able to extend the technology and production expertise that we’ve developed to help our partners, both authors and companies, realize their creative visions and push the limits of what’s possible in ebook technology.”

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