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Digital Book World Announces the 2018 DBW Award Winners

In Nashville, TN this week, Digital Book World (DBW) came together to celebrate the merging of technology and publishing. Via digital distribution channels, ebooks, voice technology, and much more, the world of publishing has changed rapidly. At the event, they announced the winners of the 2018 DBW Awards, including Best Book (Overall), Best Audio Book, and Publisher of the Year, in addition to 48 other categories.

“Digital Book World is honored to recognize best-in-class achievement across the wide world of publishing, and we’re thrilled to celebrate these distinguished award winners with the publishing and technology community,” said DBW Executive Producer Bradley Metrock in a press release. “Congratulations to all of the award winners – we’re proud to showcase your work.”

There was one book that stood out among the rest, which perfectly represents the merging of storytelling and technology. Galdo’s Gift: The Boovie, as its title might suggest, is a hybrid book-movie for children. By combining voice acting and animation with an ebook, Galdo’s Gift embodies the new and dynamic world of publishing. The book received four awards total: Best Book (Overall), Best Book (Fiction), Best Book (Children’s), and Best Book (Interactive Fiction).

In addition to the awards, Digital Book World also inducted two industry veterans into the DBW Publishing Hall of Fame. Marie Dutton Brown is an iconic editor and literary agent who championed diversity in publishing over the course of her 50-year career. Len Edgerly, the other inductee, is the creator and host of The Kindle Chronicles, a podcast which has been airing for over a decade.

Winners of the 2018 Digital Book World Awards

Publisher of the Year

Dark Horse

Trade Publisher of the Year


Educational Publisher of the Year

A Book Apart

Corporate Publisher of the Year


Academic/Scholarly Publisher of the Year

Princeton University Press

Independent Publisher of the Year

Milkweed Editions

Publishing Executive of the Year (Tie)

Jeff Bezos, Amazon

Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks

The DBW Medal for Leadership in Diversity

Morgan Jerkins, Author

Innovation in Accessibility

Amazon Alexa

Best Mobile Application

Novel Effect

Best Alexa Skill (Publishing + Storytelling)

Short Bedtime Story, Webguild

Best Google Action (Publishing + Storytelling)


Best Use of Blockchain in Publishing Technology


Best Use of AR/VR in Publishing


Best Use of AR/VR in Storytelling


Best Use of Multimedia in Book Marketing

Autonomous Driving: How the Driverless Revolution Will Change the World (Andreas Herrmann, Walter Brenner and Rupert Stadler)

Best Use of Podcasting in Book Marketing


Best Use of Social Media in Book Marketing

7th Grade Revolution (Liana Gardner)

Best Use of Voice Assistants in Book Marketing

Simon & Schuster (Stephen King Library skill)

Best Book (Overall)

Galdo’s Gift: The Boovie (Trevor Young and Eleanor Long)

Best Book (Fiction)

Galdo’s Gift: The Boovie (Trevor Young and Eleanor Long)

Best Book (Non-Fiction)

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America (Morgan Jerkins)

Best Audiobook

What Happened (Hillary Rodham Clinton)

Best Book (Business)

Hit Refresh (Satya Nadella)

Best Book (Children’s)

Galdo’s Gift: The Boovie (Trevor Young and Eleanor Long)

Best Book (Economics)

Broken Pie Chart: 5 Ways To Build Your Investment Portfolio to Withstand and Prosper in Risky Markets (Derek Moore)

Best Book (Health / Medical Science)

Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review, Third Edition: Fast Facts and Practice Questions (Maria T. Codina Leik)

Best Book (How-To)

Final Cut Pro X 10.4 – How It Works (Edgar Rothermich)

Best Book (Interactive Fiction)

Galdo’s Gift: The Boovie (Trevor Young and Eleanor Long)

Best Book (Mathematics / Science)

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect (Judea Pearl)

Best Book (Politics)

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Michael Wolff)

Best Book (Science Fiction)

Artificial Condition (Martha Wells)

Best Book (Technology)

Autonomous Driving: How the Driverless Revolution Will Change the World(Andreas Herrmann, Walter Brenner, and Rupert Stadler)

Best Book (Textbook)

CollegeScope (Human eSources)


Click here for the full list of winners.

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October 5, 2018
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