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ebookcraft's inaugural design competition has its first winner

Toronto, ON – April 13, 2016 – Rebecca Springer took home the grand prize for So You Think You Can Code 2016

They came, they coded, they proved how well-designed an ebook can be.

ebookcraft's first-ever ebook design competition, So You Think You Can Code (SYTYCC), came to a close on March 31 when the 2016 grand prize winner was announced live to an excited crowd of conference attendees. Congratulations are due to Rebecca Springer, who took home the $2,500 cash prize courtesy of Rakuten Kobo, subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud and FlightDeck, and eternal nerd glory.

In the weeks leading up to the conference, ebook designers near and far were invited to tackle a messy EPUB and turn it into a glorious, beautifully designed, platform-agnostic, fully accessible ebook. A panel of expert judges–Joshua Tallent (Firebrand Technologies), India Amos (Amplify), and Monique Mongeon (Penguin Random House Canada)–reviewed all the submissions across multiple devices and declared Rebecca's submission the most deserving of the grand prize.

"“This year’s competition is a starting point to look at the future of ebook design," said Tallent during the announcement. "Of all the submissions we received, Rebecca’s offered the best reader experience across different modes, systems, and devices. The clean and easy design did a successful job of fitting the content into a digital reading environment [....] Overall, it was an excellent example of the kind of ebook design we feel is worthy of recognition, and Rebecca is well deserving of the 2016 grand prize."

More information on the winning entry, including code snippets, can be found here.

ebookcraft would like to thank the competition's prize sponsors, all those who competed, the panel of judges, SYTYCC coordinator Laura Brady (Brady Type), as well as House of Anansi and Figure 1 Publishing for contributing ebook content. Those interested in hearing about next year's competition can sign up for updates or keep an eye on this page:

A thorough recap on the ebookcraft conference, including links to presentation slides, can also be found on the BookNet Canada Blog.  

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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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