Aptara-Produced Interactive eBook Wins 2014 Digital Book Award

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"The Man with the Violin" from Annick Press Wins for Best Enhanced Children’s eBook

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(Aptara's) designers' choice and treatment of interactivities works to forge a connection with the readers' emotional engagement and overall reading experience.

"The Man with the Violin," an interactive eBook published by Annick Press and designed and produced by Aptara, won the annual Digital Book Award for best “Enhanced Children’s eBook.” Bill Penders, Aptara’s President, and Brendan Ouellette of Annick Press accepted the award from renowned literacy advocate and Master of Ceremonies LeVar Burton. The award gala was held during the January 2014 Digital Book World Conference in New York City.

“Aptara applied their considerable creative talents to an award-winning picture book and created a digital edition that is joyful and moving. In fact it stirs the inner spirit,” said Rick Wilks, Director of Annick Press. “Their designers’ choice and treatment of interactivities works to forge a connection with the readers’ emotional engagement and overall reading experience.”

“The depth of talent, innovation and excitement among the finalists was truly impressive,” said Bill Penders, President of Aptara. “It confirmed the importance of the Digital Book Awards and points to a very promising future for the digital publishing industry.”

The annual awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in digital publishing over the past year. Three Aptara-produced eBooks were Digital Book Awards finalists.

View a video sample of the award winning children's eBook.

"The Man with the Violin" is an enhanced eBook with audio read-alouds, embedded music, and exciting animations on every page. It was designed and developed in a fixed layout EPUB format for the Apple iPad, KF8 format for the new Amazon Kindle, and optimized EPUB format for Kobo eReading devices.

About Aptara
Aptara enriches content for capitalizing on all digital mediums. Providing full content lifecycle production – from content creation and design, to new media enhancements, content technology solutions, and production for all mobile devices and platforms – Aptara develops innovative digital products that deliver content how, when, and where recipients want it, while providing publishers renewed agility and revenue opportunities. Serving the 10 largest publishers in the world, Aptara is a US-based company founded in 1988 around its unique publishing technical expertise. Our over 6,000 professionals are deployed globally to help content providers create, enrich, publish, monetize, and manage their assets in the digital age.

About Annick Press
Annick Press is recognized as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge publishers of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. With editorial offices in Toronto and Vancouver, Annick publishes approximately 25 titles per annum, which are distributed in North America by Firefly Books and licensed internationally. Annick also publishes e-book editions of select titles which are available through all major retailers. http://www.annickpress.com

About Digital Book World
The Digital Book World Conference + Expo is the largest event dedicated solely to the business of digital publishing worldwide. It consists of a 2-day multi-track, multi-faceted digital publishing program, pre-conference events, Digital Book Awards Gala and exhibition hall. Digital Book World, an F+W Media event, attracts an international audience of 1,500 industry professionals, 50 exhibitors and more than 100 speakers. http://conference.digitalbookworld.com

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