May 4, 2019: Congratulations to Bill Arnold, author, and Joe Cullen Brown, narrator and engineer, for this prestigious recognition in the non-fiction audiobook category! Miracle at Quecreek Mine took home the Silver Medal Benjamin Franklin Award in a ceremony held April 5 in Chicago, Illinois. Read the press release.
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IBPA CEO Angela Bole explains, "Unlike many other award programs, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ demand both editorial and design excellence and entrants are judged independently on both. ...This year, over 160 librarians, booksellers, and design and editorial experts – most of whom have decades of book industry experience – judged the books submitted to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program. The judging process took seven months, beginning in September 2018 and continuing into March 2019. ...This level of detail has helped the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program remain one of the highest national honors for independent publishers for over 30 years.
2019 started with a wonderful and well-deserved accolade for our newest audiobook, Miracle at Quecreek Mine! I could not be more excited about the authors we are working with already this year, each one with a story that will change lives, uplift hearts, inform and educate - right in our wheelhouse. We are expanding in order to be able to meet the needs of our authors and fulfill our mission, so if you have a project you would like us to consider, contact us for more information about submission requirements. We would love to talk with you.
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Our two in-house projects are moving forward with exciting collaborations and lots of amazing song-writing. That's right, song-writing! Watch to see Encourage Music and Encourage Books merge together for this incredibly important package we hope to launch by early 2020. Our partnerships are beginning to gel, relationships that will allow your stories to go out even further into our hungry world.
Have you listened to our sample of Miracle at Quecreek Mine in audio? Get ready for goosebumps and throat lumps. Who doesn't need a reminder of just how good and kind God is? Want a book series for your 9-13 year-olds that models wholesome living and teaches valuable lessons, all while keeping them on the edge of their seats? Check out Judy Grimme's series, The Front Porch Diaries (2nd volume out now). This little book is packed with extra features - check it out! And for those looking for the perfect inspirational gift book for the holidays, Beyond the Window will delight the sisters, friends, moms and daughters in your life. Every beautiful full-color page is filled with joyful insight, inspiring truth, and a bit of whimsy. The new collector's edition of Diving into the Deep? No words. The life of this one obedient servant of God, unbelievable and awe-inspiring on its own, sinks deep into your heart when you see the breathtaking photos that tell the story.
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PRESS RELEASE: 9 SEPTEMBER 2019 - NEW ALBANY, INDIANA
Encourage Publishing has joined with other publishers across the U.S. challenging Audible's overt disregard of copyright law in their plans to add captioning to audiobooks. Currently, Audible is pausing this action for only the largest traditional publishers (Chronicle Books, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster) while the issue is hashed out in court. In its public statement, Author's Guild executive director Mary Rasenberger summarized the issue: "Without authorization and in violation of its contracts with publishers, Audible added a text feature to its audiobooks. Text and audio are different book markets, and Audible is licensed only for audio. . . It has chosen to use its market power to force publishers' hands by proceeding without permission in clear violation of copyright in the titles."
"In essence, Audible is creating a proprietary and separate product using our authors' copyrighted material without permission. Our authors have the same rights as everyone else, and we appreciate being able to join our voice with the AAP, IBPA, and the Author's Guild," says Leslie Turner, owner of Encourage Publishing. "We are grateful for their legal advocacy against a giant that would have been beyond our resources to battle, and proud to add our voice on behalf of our authors." Encourage Publishing is listed among the members of IBPA opposing Audible's Captions program and seeking inclusion in legal relief from this overreach.
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Readers, we know you are anxious to read the next chapter book in the Front Porch Diaries and find out what happens to the children you have fallen in love with! Judith Grimme is hard at work on both Volume 3 and 4 and we expect to release Volume 3, THE FARM and the Risky Ride, by the end of the summer. Look for Volume 4, THE LAKE and the Secret Sweetheart by Christmas! Be sure to follow us for early release announcements!
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