IBooks Author Conference
The iBooks Author Conference is an annual gathering of the user community of Apple's iBooks Author digital content creation software, including educators, creative professionals, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, corporate trainers, self-published authors, and many others. "The iBAs," the awards recognizing achievement in iBooks Author production, were part of the iBooks Author Conference and recognized books and individuals from around the world.
The 2015 Conference took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee with Apple, NASA, Southwest, HCA, and other large companies in attendance. The 2016 iBooks Author Conference will also take place in Nashville Oct 6-7, 2016.
Keynote speakers for the inaugural iBooks Author Conference included Kelly Gabrysch, Director of Digital Publishing at Trailer Park Los Angeles, Dr. Julia Maurer of Mercersburg Academy (PA), and the co-creators of The Mozart Project, an interactive book created used iBooks Author.
The full schedule for the 2015 iBooks Author Conference included:
|Thursday||October 8||8:00 AM – 8:10 AM||Welcome to the iBooks Author Conference||Bradley Metrock|
|Thursday||October 8||8:15 AM – 8:35 AM||iBooks Author Goes to College||Michael Mills|
|Thursday||October 8||8:40 AM – 9:05 AM||Fair Use and iBooks Author||Kelly Frey|
|Thursday||October 8||9:10 AM – 9:50 AM||Panel: iBooks Author in Education||Julia Maurer, Michael Mills, Andrea Santilli, John Shoemaker|
|Thursday||October 8||10:00 AM – 10:35 AM||Straight Talk from the Developer: Tumult Hype||Jonathan Deutsch|
|Thursday||October 8||10:40 AM – 11:25 AM||Design Keynote||Kelly Gabrysch, Director of Digital Publishing, Trailer Park Los Angeles|
|Thursday||October 8||11:30 AM – 12:55 PM||Lunch||Hugh Mitchell, singer/songwriter|
|Thursday||October 8||1:00 PM – 1:35 PM||Panel: Experiences with iBooks Author||Johnnie Lewis, Andrea Santilli|
|Thursday||October 8||1:40 PM – 2:15 PM||InDesign and iBooks Author||Erica Gamet|
|Thursday||October 8||2:20 PM – 2:30 PM||Special Announcement: WidgetHub Reveal||Stephan Beauchesne|
|Thursday||October 8||2:35 PM – 2:45 PM||Goo Goo Cluster Snack Break||Staff|
|Thursday||October 8||2:45 PM – 3:35 PM||Education Keynote||Julia Maurer|
|Thursday||October 8||3:45 PM – 4:05 PM||Quit Competing on Commodity; Start Competing on Unique Value||Colby Jubenville|
|Thursday||October 8||4:10 PM – 4:45 PM||The iBAs: The iBooks Author Conference Awards||Award Presenters|
|Thursday||October 8||5:00 PM – 7:00 PM||The iBooks Author Hack||After-Hours Reception / Workshop|
|Friday||October 9||8:05 AM – 8:25 AM||Marketing and Pricing||Bradley Metrock|
|Friday||October 9||8:30 AM – 8:55 AM||iBooks Author and High School: What's The Story?||John Shoemaker|
|Friday||October 9||9:00 AM – 9:45 AM||Panel: Optimizing iBooks Author Publishing||Stephan Beauchesne, Erica Gamet, Kelly Gabrysch, James Fairclough|
|Friday||October 9||9:50 AM – 10:30 AM||Straight Talk from the Developer: BookWidgets||Remko Troncon|
|Friday||October 9||10:30 AM – 10:35 AM||Moon Pie Snack Break||Staff|
|Friday||October 9||10:40 AM – 11:10 AM||Multi-Touch Format Books in Business||Stephan Beauchesne|
|Friday||October 9||11:15 AM – 12:00 PM||Closing Keynote: The Mozart Project||James Fairclough, Harry Farnham|
|Friday||October 9||12:00 PM||CLOSING||Bradley Metrock|
|2015||Educator of the Year||Jon Smith|
|2015||Author of the Year||James Rice|
|2015||Trainer of the Year||Anthony DiLaura|
|2015||Executive of the Year||Kenji Fujita, OneBilling/E-SAKUGA|
|2015||Best Fiction (Overall)||Gauche the Cellist|
|2015||Best Non-Fiction (Overall)||TIE: More iPad Art; Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties|
|2015||Best Brand Extension||Breaking Bad: Alchemy|
|2015||Best Children's Book||Curious George Saves His Pennies (Multi-Touch Edition)|
|2015||Best Cookbook||Secrets of the World's Best Grilling|
|2015||Best Musical Work||The Mozart Project|
|2015||Best Mystery||Sherlock Holmes: Novels|
|2015||Best Poetry||APPlied Poetry|
|2015||Best Reference Book||More iPad Art|
|2015||Best Textbook||Portland's Japantown Revisited|
|2015||iBook of the Year||The Mozart Project|
|2015||iBook Series of the Year||One Best Thing|
|2015||Best Widget of the Year||Portland's Japantown Revisited|
|2015||Best Third-Party Complement to iBooks Author||Tumult Hype|
|2015||Best iBook Cover of the Year||TIE: Gauche the Cellist; Passp'art|
|2015||Best iBook Artwork of the Year||Passp'art|
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