“We consider the QED the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval™’ for ebooks – a mark of quality that publishers, authors, and content creators can proudly bear to assure readers can buy with confidence. Ebook sales are growing dramatically and readers need to know what they’re buying will render well regardless of device – tablet, e-reader, smartphone or PC – before they buy. It’s really gratifying to see that so many publishers across a range of genres are producing ebooks of the highest quality now.”—David Blansfield, President, F+W Media, parent company to Digital Book World
The QED, which stands for Quality, Excellence, Design, is a quality assurance program that was conducted on all ebooks entered into the Publishing Innovation Awards (PIAs), an awards program honoring the most innovative ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and book apps in several categories.
Ebooks submitted for consideration of the QED seal underwent a thorough, professional 13-point design review with an eye towards readability across multiple devices and in multiple formats. The QED was judged on criteria established on the recommendation of the Publishing Innovation Awards advisory council, who are respected leaders in the digital production and design space.
QED recipients will be celebrated in New York January, 2013 during the opening ceremonies for Digital Book World Conference, during which the winners of the third annual Publishing Innovation Awards winners will be publicly announced. It is the mission of the PIAs to highlight excellent publishers/authors, encourage new thinking, and improve the reading experience in the digital age. Purchase your tickets to the Publishing Innovation Awards (PIA) Luncheon here.
Digital Book World Conference, January, 2013, is the only event providing trade publishers with actionable, proven strategies for taking immediate advantage of opportunities as they develop in today’s publishing industry. It provides learning and networking opportunities to facilitate process change in all areas – production, marketing, editorial, design, sales, pricing, rights management, international partnerships, etc. – so publishers can capitalize on the new opportunities technology facilitates.