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Rakuten Kobo to provide $2,500 cash prize for ebook design competition

Toronto, ON – March 22, 2016 – Winners will be announced at ebookcraft on March 31, 2016

For ebook designers with the necessary swagger, there are some major prizes at stake this spring at ebookcraft 2016. The inaugural So You Think You Can Code ebook design competition will include a $2,500 cash prize courtesy of e-reading company Rakuten Kobo, alongside a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($900 value) and a three-month 25-titles-per-month subscription to FlightDeck ($120 value). 

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: fine typography; provision of accessibility content for all elements; device agnostic; rich navigation; ingenuity/creativity of design; adherence to standards; errors caught and fixed; HTML updated to provide proper semantic markup; and semantic inflection. Entries will be shared publicly following the competition with valuable lessons on effective ebook design for the benefit of the e-production and publishing communities.

The deadline to sign up has been extended to March 26, and submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 27. Full contest rules, including eligibility and instructions on how to submit an entry, can be found at

The winning team or individual will be announced at the end of ebookcraft on Thursday, March 31 at the MaRS Discovery Centre in downtown Toronto. Registration for the conference closes on March 22 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, please visit


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BookNet Canada is a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards and education to serve the Canadian book industry. eBOUND Canada is a not-for-profit organization that aims to advance publisher engagement in the digital marketplace.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for this project. / Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds du livre du Canada (FLC) pour ce projet.

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