Among the awardees is Where the Heart Listens, by Eve Sullivan, MIT editorial assistant and founder of Parents Forum. The book was produced by eBookIt, a Sudbury, Mass., company.
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 sponsored by Constellation honoring the most innovative ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and book apps in several categories.
Ebooks submitted for consideration of the QED seal underwent a 13-point design review with an eye toward 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. To view a list of the titles that have received the QED seal so far and the methodology for their review visit: http://bit.ly/qedseal
"We consider the QED … a mark of quality that publishers, authors, and content creators can proudly bear to assure readers can buy with confidence," said David Blansfield, president, F+W Media, parent company to Digital Book World. “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.”
QED recipients will be celebrated in New York on Monday, Jan. 23, during the opening ceremonies for Digital Book World, during which the winners of the second annual Publishing Innovation Awards will be publicly announced.