What years are eligible?
There are many eBooks from the past that deserve the opportunity to be recognized, evaluated, and honored. We do not want earlier eBooks to be overlooked or ignored. Therefore, eBooks from the past are eligible.
The last day to enter is
March 12, 2012 April 30, 2012. An eBook with a copyright date of 2012 or earlier that was offered to sale on a website prior to March 11, 2012 April 29, 2012 is eligible.
Revised editions, with a recent copyright or release date, will be eligible. Revised editions are normally marked on the copyright page, such as “Copyright 2011, Revised.” Revised editions are considered by the publishing industry to be new books (they usually have new ISBNs). Larger publishers rarely release revisions. They do not want to put the updated book through their (slow and expensive) 18-month production process. Smaller publishers have been keeping their books up-to-date for years. For example, Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual is in its 16th revised edition, 24th printing, since 1979. A revised book is a successful book because it has sold well enough to be updated and invested in again. It is a brand new book—with a track record. A winner in the marketplace; it deserves to be recognized by awards.