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The Frankfurt Book Fair has long been known as a champion for freedom of expression. The International Centre will act as a forum for debates and presentations, a platform for writers and the somewhat different version of the spoken word, a venue for discussion of topical issues facing the book trade and publishing all over the world, a meeting place for trade visitors, the press and general public - visit the International Centre in Hall 9 at the Frankfurt Book Fair!

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The Frankfurt eBook Awards will be presented for the first time during this year's Fair, including a Grand Prize of $100,000 for the best original eBook.

With the new millennium has come a new form for the message of the book: the eBook. To recognize the importance and the great potential of this new media for authors, publishers and the reading public throughout the world, the Frankfurt eBook Award has been established. The mission of these annual Awards is to recognize excellence in eBooks, reaching new and larger audiences with the electronically presented book.

The Frankfurt eBook Awards will be presented for the first time during this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. These annual Awards will recognize and honor excellence in the writing, the creating and the content of eBooks. They will be presented to the winning authors with recognition to their publishers at an Award Ceremony during this historic International Book Fair.

An international panel of judges from a variety of disciplines, including academia, the media, authors and other publishing industry professionals, will determine winning entries in the following categories:

$US 100,000 - Grand Prize for the best original eBook
$US 10,000 - Best Fiction work originally published in eBook form
$US 10,000 - Best Non-fiction work originally published in eBook form
$US 10,000 - Best Fiction work originally published in print and converted to eBook form
$US 10,000 - Best Nonfiction work originally published in print and converted to eBook form
$US 10,000 - Technology Achievement Award for the advancement and implementation of eBook technologies and features

Finalists for the Frankfurt eBook Award will be announced by October 2, 2000. The inaugural awards will be presented during the Frankfurt Book Fair on the evening of October 20, 2000, in a ceremony at the Old Opera House, Frankfurt.

A Message from Alberto Vitale, Chairman of the International eBook Award Foundation:

"The Frankfurt eBook Award was created by the International eBook Award Foundation to promote an increasing awareness of the vast potential and opportunity represented by eBooks. In recent weeks, as the closing date for submissions to the inaugural Frankfurt eBook Award literary competition approached, we have been gratified to note the tremendous volume and engaging diversity of eBook entries received.

The response far exceeded IeBAF expectations, overwhelming our initial projections, with submissions arriving from countries as far and wide as Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, South Korea, the UK and the US. The impressive range of entries has gone to our noteworthy panels of judges for their review, and it is clear that eBook publishing is a vibrant element of communications and education worldwide.

We wish to acknowledge the many publishers who submitted eBook titles, and the authors who embarked on this new course in publishing: You have proven the format to be dynamic, engrossing, and capable of delivering all the power, insight, and satisfaction readers associate with paper book formats.

Noting the strength and vision of the entries received, we believe the Frankfurt eBook Award will take its place among the most prestigious of literary awards which recognize significant contributions to the world of letters and the richness of our international culture and heritage, as a celebration of a powerful new medium."

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For general information visit the Frankfurt Book Fair website, phone 49 69 2102 263/284, or send an email.

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