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National Book Foundation Seeks Digital Innovators

The National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards, has just opened applications for its second “Innovations in Reading” Prize. The Foundation nbf.pngwill award prizes of $2,500 to individuals or organizations that have, according to the Foundation, “developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.” And this year, the Foundation is specifically seeking applicants who are using digital technology.

Here is more from the Foundation’s program director Leslie Shipman: “We hope to extend our reach this year beyond grassroots approaches into the educational and technology communities, perhaps to someone who has developed a great iPhone or Open Source application that encourages reading in ways we haven’t yet imagined.”

So, if you’re working on something cool that encourages reads and could use $2,500, throw your hat in the ring. The online application can be found on the Foundation’s Website. Applications are due 2/17/10.

Nick Cave eBook App Wins Award

EConsultancy cover-bunnymunro.jpghas announced the winners of its 2009 Innovation Awards, and one of them is an eBook: the iPhone app version of Nick Cave‘s recently published second novel, “The Death of Bunny Munro.”

It was turned into an iPhone app by the book app developer Enhanced Editions. EConsultancy named Enhanced Editions the winner of one of its 2009 Innovation in User Experience based on the Nick Cave app.

The judges called the app: “A brilliant and engaging iPhone application which helped to bring to life Nick Cave‘s second novel, with video and audio which gave users significantly more than they could get from a physical book.” EConsultancy is an consulting, advocacy and community organization for the digital marketing community.

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