When do I upload my ebook? When do you want it?

We don’t ask you to upload your ebook for several reasons. One is that we don’t want a folder on a server that has a bunch of books in it. If we got hacked, then we’d be in big trouble, right? At least that was the original idea.

And then it dawned on me, what if we just had the authors and self-publishers and entrants email their ebook directly to the judges using a proxy email address (such as cookbook@globalebookawards.com)? This would save the trouble of downloading the ebook, storing it (it can’t get hacked if it’s not stored) and then turning around and uploading it and addressing it to the judges.

It just made a bunch more sense to do it this way; fewer moving parts.

When we have all the judges in place, we will contact you and let you know when and where to email your ebook.

What years are eligible?

Ordinarily, only eBooks published in the past year would be eligible for entry. But this is the first year of the Global eBook Awards. 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 cutoff date is July 1, 2011. An eBook with a copyright date of 2011 or earlier that was offered to sale on a website prior to July 1, 2011 is eligible. Next year, eBooks will have to have been released in the previous year (only).

In the future, 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.


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