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IBPA Member Benefits Liaison
(Manhattan Beach, CA) Launched in 2013 to honor innovation in electronic publishing by individuals and organizations of all sizes, the BFDA program awards both Gold and Silve designations on a rolling basis based on the degree to which the digital book exhibits exceptional content, design, and use of technology. All entrants benefit from direct feedback from judges, a hallmark of IBPA’s longstanding and well-respected Benjamin Franklin print book awards, now in its 26th year.
The most recent BFDA honorees are:
Publisher: NTiD, inc.
COLOURS is a play, an art book, a literary curiosity and an audio epic all in one! The play immerses the reader into the odyssey of a fool who has created fictitious characters to remedy the lunacy and solitude embattled within. Each page is carefully crafted through design and typography to bring the text to life. The literary curiosity lays in the intricate and surprising play of language. COLOURS is a testament to the author’s out of the box thinking: bridging ideas, absurdity and philosophy, while fusing words, design, and audio together in a judiciously dynamic way.
Publisher: Tree Lover Press
Online gamers Jayden Banks and his best friend Parker Jameson had the perfect life in the San Francisco Bay Area until a malfunctioning tablet computer and a traced computer hack catapult them into an epic outer-space adventure.When thirteen-year-old Jayden, Parker, and Parker’s twin sister Nora get thrown into an intergalactic war by shape-shifting aliens, the trio will need to team up with alien teens to survive the journey home. Game On is the first book in the Adventures of Jayden Banks and the Jameson Twins series. The novel has been called: “Hardy Boys meets Nancy Drew meets Robin Hood in Space.” Game On!
The Gift of Sunderland
Publisher: Acadia Publishing Group, LLC
A rift has been created in the Ayers’ lineage. Roland Ayers, Guardian of the Forest, knows that he must obey the voices of past Guardians and declare the next in line. When the announcement is made, two estranged brothers will be torn further apart, causing the Forest to rise from its long sleep. Follow Fergal, Waylond, and the rest of our heroes as they trek across Sunderland to the depths of Mt. Olga where evil dwells. It’s there they will discover the importance of family and friendship.
Mexico: Sunlight & Shadows: Short Stories & Essays by Mexico Writers
Publisher: Egret Books
This is one of the best books available about life for both expat residents and natives in villages and cities across Mexico. What sets it apart from most other books about living in Mexico is that it’s a literary collection of short stories and essays, full of insights by contemporary authors who write and live full time in Mexico or who have spent a lot of time living in the country. The superb collection contains works by twenty-two authors, all but five of whom live full time in the country. Their writing spans a variety of topics; many contributions extol life in Mexico’s abundant sunlight while others examine what the shadows sometimes obscure. It’s a sampler of sorts, with active hyperlinks for more information about the authors and their other writing. Perhaps the best way to gain valuable insights about the day-to-day life of people in a foreign country is to read good books by authors living and/or writing in that country. The purpose of this book is to identify several writers who can help readers accomplish this for Mexico. Enjoy!
Ninja Mouse: Haiku
Publisher: SuperUltraGo! Press
The Shadows are his comrades.
He wants nothing.
He needs nothing.
He is free.
He is Ninja Mouse.
A collection of haiku poetry with themes of martial arts philosophy and nature. Japanese translations included..
Tom Thorneval – Dream Merchant Extraordinaire
Publisher: Wivern Digital Limited
“Dream making as clever as Roald Dahl’s in The BFG” is how Kirkus describes the first paperback from the Addison’s Tales musical storyworld. The rippingly entertaining anti-fairytale follows the misadventures of Tom Thorneval – a very likable Dreammaker aiming to make it big in the world of men. Unfortunately, Tom’s great plan has drawn the ire of Fate, and he is robbed of all his dreams shortly after setting out on his grand adventure. With its philosophical turns and fable-like qualities that are “reminiscent of Lewis Carrol’s Wonderland”, Tom Thorneval is a modern twist on what it’s like to be a little dreamer in a very big world.
3 Keys to Managing PTSD: The Warrior’s Guide to Overcoming Combat Trauma
Publisher: Stress is Gone, LLC
This eBook equips military veterans with a complete stress management program. Readers will master the 3 Keys to Managing PTSD, which are:
1: Learn how to stop a stress reaction
2: Process the trauma and
3: Meditate daily
If you want to naturally reduce stress, this book is for you. The PTSD FREE mobile app and Stress Is Gone Membership are included. The entire program is certified by The American Institute of Stress. The author dedicates the book to his father, a decorated USMC Vietnam veteran and Ret. FDNY Firefighter, who passed away from long-term complications from PTSD.
Publisher: Pixure Book Publishing
Achoo Gaboo is a reading app for kids 2-5 about a clumsy elephant with a sneezing fit that won’t quit. Every time Gaboo achoos, kids can pop the rainbow bubbles that trumpet from his trunk and tickle his monkey friends who giggle “bless you.” Achoo Gaboo will enchant kids with his happy-go-lucky attitude and his refusal to let his little affliction keep him down. His friends in the Gazoontight Gang offer comic relief and support, while subtly teaching manners.
The Castle Across the Street: Prince Jackson Goes to School
Author and Publisher: C.K. Carter
The second book in The Castle Across the Street series, Prince Jackson Goes to School is all about overcoming those first day jitters. After a super fun summer, playing with his best friend Lizzie in the new neighborhood, Prince Jackson goes on a new adventure; going to school for the first time. He’ll learn all about following the rules, being a good listener, and just how fun school can be. There’s also a surprise at the end you won’t want to miss.
In the Time of the Jacarandas
Author and Publisher: Egret Books
In the Time of the Jacarandas is the most recent collection of Michael Hogan’s poetry and the only one written entirely from Mexico. Hogan has lived in Guadalajara for the better part of three decades. The poems are in English, but don’t be deceived. They are not written from the perspective of a foreigner, but rather from one who has come to love his adopted land. As Sam Hamill writes: “Hogan’s Mexico is tangible, never alien. These are poems that bear the weight of hard-earned experience together with the sweet light of an open and generous heart.” Some of the poems included here first appeared in the following magazines and journals: Broad River Review, Bryant Literary Review, Chiron Review, Concho River Review, Ellipsis, Ginosko Literary Journal, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Ofi Press (Mexico City), Penwood Review, Piscah Review, Poetry Bus (Dublin), Poetry Quarterly, Princemere Poetry Journal, Sin Fronteras (Guadalajara), Texas Review, Time of Singing, Waypoints Magazine and White Pelican Review. Permission to reprint is hereby gratefully acknowledged.
The Ladybug Faerie
Publisher: Culture Collective
The best Faerie Tales are as entrancing for adults as they are for the kids who request them before bed night after night. A mysterious witch, a ladybug who is afraid to fly, a faerie that sings piano solos and flowers that whisper… Welcome to the magical world of Itahlea The Ladybug Faerie!
The Ladybug Faerie has some very deep lessons about believing in yourself, about positive body-image, about overcoming fears but mostly it shows how stumbling blocks can become stepping stones. All of these messages are presented through the story and characters, through metaphor, which makes for great conversations between friends or between parent and child.
The Lost Remnant
Publisher: RPG Media
A young woman’s yearning for a chance at life is granted but at a terrible price.
Can she bear the weight of her newfound knowledge while seeking to unlock the mystery of herself? Forced to leave the security of her tribe, the only family she has ever known, Azsha embarks on a journey of self-discovery set in a time of uncertainty and upheaval to brave the mounting dangers that threaten her present and our future.
Parenting from Your Soul: A Spiiritual Approach to Raising Children with Compassion and Wisdom
Parenting From Your Soul offers you the opportunity to view parenting choices from a spiritually based perspective in order to create joyful, well-balanced children as well as happy, confident parents. The principles discussed are based in spiritual ideology, challenging you to examine the role of parent from an unconventional perspective.Parenting From Your Soul will help you guide your children to a life of happiness, purpose, and fulfillment while assisting you to make positive, dramatic changes in your own life. You will gain information about transforming your relationship with your children, no matter their age. Applying this information to your life can open up a new way to approach your role as a parent as well as change the way you approach issues in your own life to one that connects with your heart and soul.
Pilgrim Wheels: Reflections of a Cyclist Crossing America
Publisher: High Prairie Press
In 2011, at 57 years old, Neil Hanson began a 3400-mile cross-country bicycle journey, exploring an America that can only be discovered on winding backroads from the saddle of a bicycle. More than just a travelogue of a bike ride across the country, Hanson’s delightful and beautifully written story takes the reader on a journey that is engaging and insightful, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always inspiring. It’s a must-read adventure that will stir your soul.
Sherlock and Me
Publisher: Active Literature
Encyclopedia Brown meets the Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade, with a HUGE TWIST! The reader of Sherlock And Me is the main character and hero in this book “by name.” Kids love reading about themselves. They love a humorous story that takes place in a familiar setting (their school). They enjoy a familiar character (their principal). They also love solving mysteries and choosing how they do so as they control their pathway through the book. This interactive story has illustration activities and fun character names.
Spirtuality 1.2 or The Disconnected From The School Of Life (A Review For Tekkies)
Publisher: Coqui Antiaging Solutions, Inc.
Can our spirituality be explained through the use of technology? In his first book, Spirituality 101, Dr. Iván Figueroa-Otero presents a guide to self-understanding while closing the apparent gap between the religious and scientific vision with an eclectic and original delivery. This version (1.2) is a deliciously funny, tongue-in-cheek update, where every concept, idea, image and advice is carefully defined with technological elements like virtual domains, bits, and RAM. Here, the questions, Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? The human race has been studying for centuries are explained in a way accessible to anyone with a smartphone or a computer. “Imagine our Universe as a big computer, where the quality of its computation is directly proportional to the quality of the input data. And where every programming error is reversible and re-programmable, with a little bit of patience!”
Traveling The Two-Lane: A Memoir And Travelogue
At the age of sixty-three, Marilyn left for her journey with no set path or itinerary in hand. Just a destination: Alaska. As she explored, she pondered her past. Marilyn grew up gay at a time when homosexuality was not only illegal, but considered a mental illness. For decades she led a dual existence, trying to be “normal” while fantasizing about women. Traveling the Two Lane offers a perspective that is unlike most; while surrounding herself with the natural beauty of the present, Marilyn looks back at the past, filled with buried secrets and little hope for the future.
The Woman in the Movie Star Dress
Publisher: Doublewood Press
What if the clothes you wore carried ghostly fragments of your soul, and somehow those fragments got transferred to one who wore those clothes next? This is the story of a young Native American woman who comes to Hollywood to escape her past. She finds work in a vintage store that sells clothes used in the movies. One day she discovers a way to transfer human character through these clothes and uses this ability to search for identity and mooring. But the threads of her past intervene like trip wires and complicate her quest, forcing her to look within her soul to understand who she really is.
ABOUT THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DIGITAL AWARDS (BFDAs)
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 28th year. Both Gold and Silver honoree awards are distributed to entries that showcase exceptional digital content and design.