Much like the first year the prizes were awarded, the winners of this year's Frankfurt eBook Awards were dominated by e-book editions of prominent print titles from such major publishers as Random House and Penguin Putnam. However, Oregon-based independent e-publisher Salvo Press received a special citation for publishing new authors in e-book format. Another special citation was awarded to author Francois Tailandier for his e-book Intrigues, published by 00h00 in France. A new award for excellence in e-publishing (awarded to Fodor for its E-Book New York City travel guide) was created to honor the memory of Roxanna Frost, the former executive director of the International e-Book Award Foundation, who died earlier this year.
The prizes include two $50,000 grand prizes, fiction and nonfiction, and two $10,000 Distinguished eBook awards. The $10,000 award for e-book technology went to Thierry Brethes, CEO of Mobipocket, a French-developed e-book format (licensed to Franklin Electronic Publishers in the U.S.) that is said to operate on virtually any PDA operating system.
The winning titles are: grand prize for fiction: Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government by Steven Levy (Penguin Putnam); grand prize for fiction: The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh (Random); distinguished award for nonfiction: The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece by Eric Nisenson (St. Martin's Press); distinguished award for fiction: Faithless: Tales of Transgression by Joyce Carol Oates (HarperCollins).