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IBPA is proud to announce the newest Benjamin Franklin Digital Award Honorees, promoting best-in-class digital content!

The Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards (BFDAs), launched in 2013 by the Independent Book Publishers Association, honor innovation in electronic publishing by individuals and organizations of all sizes. Both Gold and Silver honoree designations are awarded based on exceptional content, design, and use of technology. The most recent honorees are:


Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardCatching Fireflies: A Writer’s Notebook
Publisher: Little Pickle Press
Catching Fireflies encourages children to catch the sparks of their creativity, harness their inspiration, and pour their talents onto the screen. The book app captures the essence of Coleen Paratore’s Fireflies: A Writer’s Journal in a dynamic way that is designed to catalyze original expression, both language and arts.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardMistress of France
Author-Publisher: Emma Boling
Using the groundbreaking “app-less” enhancement technology of Colorado-based Beneath the Ink, Emma Boling has created a multi-dimensional experience that is compatible with all platforms and devices. She invites readers to delve deeper into the story without leaving the page or requiring connectivity. A compelling page-turner, this is a tale of hidden love, bitter betrayal and powers sought beyond our world. Mistress Of France has it all – an absorbing story of destiny, love and power mixed with cutting edge technology.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardThe Sword of Demelza
Author-Publisher: J.E. Rogers
The Sword of Demelza is unlike any anthropomorphic animal story on the market today. This thrilling middle grade fantasy is an exciting fast-paced tale, which introduces young readers to endangered animals by going one step beyond the story. A glossary at the back of the book provides tidbits of information about the unusual flora and fauna pressed between the pages. More than seventeen illustrations help children visualize these unusual characters, and a website is provided where the children can go to see what the animals really look like.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardA Troop is a Group of Monkeys
Publisher: Little Bahalia Publishing
A surfeit of skunks, a troop of monkeys, a clutter of spiders…. These colorful and poetic words for animal groups are called collective nouns and children will learn all about them in this rhyming picture book by Julie Hedlund. With beautiful painted illustrations by Pamela Baron, each animal group is brought to life in color-splashed environments sure to fascinate any child.The magnificent illustrations and playful use of language make it perfect for design-savvy parents and inspired gift givers. First published as a series of interactive book apps for the iPad, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys has received much industry praise and was included in the Top 50 Apps for Kids in 2013.


Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardArmageddon and the 4th Timeline
Publisher: Grand Circle Publications LLC
In a world faced with violence and the potential of cataclysmic annihilation, what if the only means to save mankind existed in an alternate reality? Armageddon and the 4th Timeline is a fast-paced mystical fantasy with three thought-provoking themes: the war on terror and the potential of a nuclear holocaust; travel through time to alter future events; and new-age spiritual principles that affect the way mankind coexists.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardThe Business Of Show Business: A Comprehensive Career Guide For Actors And Models
Publisher: StarStyle® Productions, LLC with Kales Press and Waterside Productions, Inc.
Since The Business of Show Business was first published as a pamphlet in 1984, it has become the bible for aspiring thespians and actors who want to understand the business side of the entertainment industry while avoiding the scams. This 14th edition, an enhanced digital version with audio interviews and tips, provides users with the updated information they need quickly and easily at the touch of their fingertips in a conversational, uncomplicated manner. With the embedding of audio files, Cynthia Brian personalizes the eBook in a special way as a trusted coach and experienced guide by providing the reader/listener with connected inspiring and motivational messages dedicated to their success in the business of show business.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardThe Dark Side of the Dream
Publisher: Egret Books
Two Mexican brothers, Jose Luis and Francisco Salazar, and their families migrate to the U.S. shortly after the U.S. entry into World War II. The story depicts their struggles as they come to grips with a new, often hostile environment. Later, the family prominently figures in two of the most tragic, yet stirring incidents in Mexican-American history. This eBook version of a 1995 historical novel portrays the struggles of Mexican-Americans pursuing the dream of a better life. News media reviewers and readers have dubbed the novel the “Mexican Roots” and compared it to The Grapes of Wrath.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardDirectory Of Federal Prisons: PrisonLawBlog.Com’s Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Directory
Publisher: Middle Street Publishing
A comprehensive guide to contact information and basic character profile information of every prison within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Directory of Federal Prisons is more than an eBook, it’s a lifeline for families unfortunate enough to have a loved one in federal prison. The eBook was envisioned and developed at FCI Petersburg, a medium security federal prison in Virginia. It was created in an effort to help families stay in contact with their incarcerated loved ones. The eBook was envisioned, developed, and marketed with the single hope that it will help keep families together. To prisoner rights’ advocates, there is no higher calling.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardThe Emperor’s New Clothes
Publisher: Advance Publishing
In The Emperor’s New Clothes, Carl Sommer revives some of the ageless fables and stories of the past, adding his own signature Sommer Time Story style. With an eye for motivating children toward ultimate success, his stories are indispensable for classrooms, homes and libraries. This entry features a read-along that has realistic sound effects and dynamic music. It also has video clips of the author communicating virtues and practical learning skills that impart values and principles of success to children.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardFamous Skill Hills in Wisconsin
(And Other Delusions of Grandeur)

Publisher: Dead Tree Press
In this collection of humorous essays, Scott Jacobs explores a boyhood of idyllic pastimes and the questions it led to later in life. Why is Budweiser beechwood aged? Is Black Friday a scam? And where have all the waysides gone? Here is proof positive that Wisconsin isn’t a state, it’s a state of mind; and gentle good humor is the coin of the realm. Two chapters –– “Life in 1950″ and “Movie Magic” –– illustrate the integration of visual materials into the storytelling, but the photos at the head of each chapter were also chosen to set a visual tone for the stories that follow.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardGET HIRED! Grow. Lead. Live.
Author-Publisher: Hal Eastman
In challenging economic times, finding the right job, keeping it, advancing, and eventually achieving a leadership position is especially difficult. Eastman’s pragmatic insights — based on actual executive experience — cut through the theoretical chaff of much of today’s “how to” business literature. From graduates looking for first jobs to unemployed job seekers, new managers, and even CEOs, there’s something here for everyone, whatever the current stage of a career.

Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardMolly and the Sword
Publisher: Jane & Street Publishers Ltd.
A courageous young girl learns – and teaches – valuable lessons on the road to triumph as a violinist. Although Molly and the Sword appeals to children as young as 6, its story is likely to resonate with older children, as well. The dramatic 14 full-page illustrations and clean layout will draw in those older readers who might normally rebel against “children’s” books. Parents and music teachers will appreciate one point in particular: there’s no magic wand. It is practice that enables Molly to perfect her skill.


As a rolling awards program, Benjamin Franklin Digital Award (BFDA) submissions are accepted year-round. Entries are judged against a standard of excellence in four categories: eBook, Enhanced eBook, Book as App, and New Technology/Software.

The Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards provides both Gold and Silver Honoree awards for exceptional content, design, and use of technology. All entrants benefit from direct, constructive feedback from judges, a hallmark of IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin print book awards, now in its 27th year. Both Gold and Silver honoree awards are distributed to entries that showcase exceptional digital content and design.

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