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Software Developers: A contest to improve book discovery

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What is next for electronic books? How are readers going to find the next big book? HarperCollins is interested in finding the answer that's why they created the BookSmash Challenge (Break the Binding). HarperCollins is offering prize money and recognition to any software developers who create an innovative app that changes the way readers experience and discover books.

The contest is open to developers of apps for smartphones, tablets, or desktops. The apps musu use the OpenBook API (it's available to participating developers as part of the competition). The deadline for submissions is set for 5:00 PM EDT on September 5, 2013. Entries will be judged by a panel selected by HarperCollins and by popular vote between September 23 and October 4, 2013.

Harper Collens writes:

It is an incredibly exciting time to be a reader, an author, and a publisher. Opportunities to engage audiences are endless – new devices now support numerous ways of reading, publishing, and reaching readers.

HarperCollins is issuing a call to developers to create excellent, functioning software and proof of concept apps utilizing the HarperCollins OpenBook API, and in doing so turn opportunities into reality.

HarperCollins invites one and all to develop new ways of reading and discovering books and authors. This is a chance for developers to experiment and play with the HarperCollins OpenBookAPI, which features exclusive book data, author data, and content not available to the general public. These tools will allow developers to think about how to make readers fall in love with books all over again, and how to lead a reluctant reader to just the right story.

The OpenBookAPI is intended for development and noncommercial use only. The API includes full access to select authors' works that have been made available specifically for BookSmash and cannot be distributed without HarperCollins written approval. After the close of the competition developers may apply for an extended "developer key."

Thinking of joining the fun? Winners will be announced on October 10 at 2:00 PM EDT. Individuals, teams, and small organizations are welcome to participate for prize money. The Grand Prize is $15,000 and the Runner-Up will be awarded $8,000. The Popular Choice will be given $2,000. Any organization consisting of more than 50 employees is eligible for the HarperCollins Recognition Awar

Posted on July 24, 2013 in E-books