It is with great pleasure that we announce that the ebook version of Virginia Wolf, published by Kids Can Press, has won the annual Digital Book Award for Ebook—Fixed Format/Enhanced: Children. This is a great thrill both for the hard-working Digital Publishing department at KCP, and for their partner ebook developer, Laura Brady at Brady Type.
Virginia Wolf, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, is a gentle story of sisterly love, loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell.
While developing the ebook version, we tried to pay homage to the story by keeping the enhancements innocuous. In the EPUB version, there is a read-along that plays on the page turn. The text doesn’t highlight partly because it is hand-lettered, and partly because some of the words are extra-large and highlighting would be obtrusive. In the KF8 version of the ebook, we have taken advantage of the colour palette in the book to create the background colour of the text pop-ups, slowly migrating from grey at the start of the story, to a variety of the pastels that the book's illustration finish in.
The DBA awards are given out every January at the F+W Digital Book World conference in New York City. The awards were started as a way of establishing a record of excellence in a new industry. In their fifth year now, the Digital Book Awards recognize some of the best innovation, creativity and talent in the dynamic world of digital publishing. For more see digitalbookworld.com.
Brady Type is an ebook conversion house and book production company, based in Toronto, Canada. Drawing on old-school typesetting and book layout experience, we bring the art of book design and typesetting to the rigorous code requirements of ebooks, marrying left- and right-brain functionality in the creation of your ebooks and print books.
Kids Can Press is the largest Canadian-owned children's publisher. Its catalogue includes an award-winning list of over 600 picture books, non-fiction and fiction titles for young readers, including the worldwide bestselling Franklin the Turtle, Scaredy Squirrel and CitizenKid series For over forty years, Kids Can Press has distinguished itself as a publisher of high-quality children's books and continues this tradition with its digital publications, custom publishing partnerships and brand marketing initiatives. Browse Kids Can Press books at www.kidscanpress.com.