Mission. To honor each ebook entered with the best judges for each category. We take judging seriously and our judges take their responsibilities seriously.
Objectivity. We are striving to make the judging as objective as possible.
We appoint judges who are experts in their category; judges who love the genre. Ebooks are being evaluated both subjectively by experts and objectively with a scoring sheet we provide. The score sheet makes judging easier and, when combined with the subjective evaluation, makes their choices fairer.
Quantity. We are appointing as many judges as possible for each category.
Evaluations are fairer when judging is balanced by the work of more than a couple of judges. Many other award programs employ very few judges.
See the categories at:
Quality. Judges who care about an ebook’s category.
We have judges who will read the ebooks. Most judges for other award programs are swayed mostly by the presentation: covers, layout, and design. They only glance at the text. If we select judges who love their category, they will be fascinated and eager to read the texts.
Additionally, we try to benefit from a variety of backgrounds. Each category should have at least one category blogger, category publisher, category reader, category industry person, and so on. Note the emphasis on the word “category.” We want people with a background in that category of ebook.
Many other book award programs employ judges who like books but only a few are experts in the additional categories they judge.
To be Nominated for the awards, an ebook must
–Be currently available from a website. Supply the link. We do not nominate ebooks for sale “tomorrow” or on a future date.
–Have cover art
–Have back-cover sales copy or a description.
–One or more formats (ePub, PDF, Kindle, etc.) and gifted Amazon ebooks are sent to email@example.com. Or be available with a Coupon Code from Smashwords.com, retrievable by our judges.