The final presentation at this year’s FutureBook event, hosted by The Bookseller and sponsored by Kobo, Ingram, Atwood Tate, Nielsen, and YUDU, was to give out the Innovation awards in a large number of diverse categories that spanned the major functions in digital publishing. Hundreds of nominations were made in each of the eight categories.
“One of the reasons that we got involved in the sponsorship of this event is that we find events like this so crucial to driving the innovation from coming together and learning from each other,” said Michael Tamblyn, EVP of Kobo.
The categories and their winners included:
Best Start-Up –Bardowl, an audiobook streaming platform
Best Website –HarperCollins’ interactive dictionary site
Best Adult App -Zombies, Run! by novelist and online games creator Naomi Alderman
Best Children’s App – Khoya by Shilo Shiv Suleman
Best Reference Book App – London: A City Through Time by Heuristic Media
Best Technology Innovation -International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) for ePub3
Best Integrated Digital Marketing Campaign – The Everybody Up Digital Sing-along
And finally, the Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person went to Faber CEO Stephen Page for his support of smaller publishers by way of making digital publishing a viable option for their content.
Several “highly commended” winners were also recognized in each category. The complete write up of winners and honorable mentions can be found on The Bookseller’s blog.