For the second consecutive year, InterVarsity Press (IVP) has been recognized by Digital Book World—the premier platform offering educational and networking resources for digital publishing professionals—and their partners for achieving their Quality, Excellence, Design (QED) certification on the production of IVP ebooks.
Digital Book World also announced two IVP titles as finalists for the 2015 Digital Book Awards, including Immigration by Dale Hanson Bourke and Teach Us to Want by Jen Pollock Michel in the "Ebook Flowable—Adult Nonfiction" category. The award program celebrates innovation in apps and ebook publishing.
Immigration is part of the Skeptic’s Guide™ Series of which The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict was both QED certified and named a finalist with Digital Book World in 2014. These ebooks are known for their color photographs, specialized callouts and useful graphics. Teach Us to Want was IVP's premier book incorporating the "tweetables" feature, wherein a user can quickly tweet out preselected portions of a book with minimal effort, sharing content and ideas with followers.
Digital Book World considers the awards to represent "some of the best innovation, creativity and talent in the dynamic world of digital publishing. The awards are important for helping our young industry define best practices and set the bar for standards of excellence. In the uncharted world of digital disruption, these pioneers are guiding the way to a successful and exciting future."
Immigration and Teach Us to Want were both recognized for the QED certification in their respective ebook formats, passing a rigorous 13-point quality assurance program. Some of the criteria evaluated include information organization, font treatment and consistency, and functional hyperlinks both to outside sources and referencing within. The QED certification recognizes and supports each reader's ability to access their ebooks, which means that each nominated ebook is tested on mobile, eInk and tablet screens.
"IVP is thrilled to have the QED seal on our digital books because we think it tells readers that they can have confidence in what they are buying," said Andrew Bronson, digital sales and marketing manager for IVP. "There are some ebooks out in the market that are not the best quality and customers are not always sure what they are getting. The QED seal helps to provide the confidence we want them to have."
IVP's digital publishing program continues to grow and has seen much innovation over the last year. As with Teach Us to Want, the "tweetables" feature was launched in other books including Anxious by Amy Simpson, Life Together in Christ by Ruth Haley Barton and What Your Body Knows About God by Rob Moll. Additionally, IVP continues to create ebooks in a variety of formats for different platforms and continues to convert backlist titles.
"IVP values the QED certification program because it helps us to measure the quality of the ebooks we are producing against the evolving standards of the publishing industry and, ultimately, to meet the increasing expectations of readers," said Sally Craft, director of digital publishing at IVP. "We are thrilled to have two books stand out as finalists in the annual Digital Book Awards competition."