about 10 years ago

Announcing the winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of The BookSmash Challenge: Break the Binding.

View all the winners in the Gallery.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and made the challenge a great success!

The The BookSmash Challenge: Break the Binding team

about 10 years ago

Last chance to vote

Thank you for supporting the BookSmash Challenge! There's just one day left to weigh in on your favorite apps — the voting deadline for the Popular Choice award is 5 p.m. ET tomorrow, September 27.

If you haven't already done so, please vote now. You can vote for as many submissions as you’d like, but no more than once for a single submission.

Help us crown the crowd favorite!

about 10 years ago

Public voting is now open

The public voting period for The BookSmash Challenge: Break the Binding has begun. Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorites!

If you’ve entered a submission, be sure to spread the word through your social networks.


The The BookSmash Challenge: Break the Binding team

over 10 years ago

Deadline tomorrow, September 5

The deadline for the HarperCollins BookSmash Challenge is tomorrow, Thursday, September 5, at 5 p.m. ET. 

Start your draft, review the submission checklist and make your submission & video the best they can be.

We hope you're enjoying experimenting with the HarperCollins OpenBook API so far, and we look forward to seeing how you'll encourage new ways of reading and book/author discovery with your innovative apps!

Have a question?

See the FAQ, post questions about the OpenBook API on the HarperCollins Developer Forum, and email support@challengepost.com with "BookSmash" in the subject line if you have questions about the…

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over 10 years ago

Start your draft now

You’re nearing the finish line! As the submission deadline of September 5 (5:00 p.m. ET) inches closer and closer, now is a great time to at least start a draft of your submission if you haven’t already done so.

Start your draft here

Give yourself the next few days to carefully review all the requirements and make sure you’re not missing anything. And for good measure, review it all again one last time. You’ve worked so hard to get to this point — don’t let a small omission trip up your entire submission.

Review the submission checklist and make your

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over 10 years ago

Read this before you submit!

The countdown has begun, and you're almost there! Don’t forget that submissions are due on September 5 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

If you haven't created a draft yet, please do so now. And if you've just joined us recently, we encourage you to explore the quick-start guide, get some inspiration from the HarperCollins App Idea Bank, and have fun hacking all week long. 

Submission Checklist

Before you say "ship it!", here are some last minute reminders to help you make sure everything is in order. You should answer "yes" to all of the questions below.

  • Did you use the OpenBook…

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over 10 years ago

Submission tips

Good news, BookSmash registrants: you're nearing the finish line! Perhaps that's not such good news if you haven't started yet, but don't fret — explore the quick-start guide, get some inspiration from the HarperCollins App Idea Bank, and you'll be up and running in no time. The deadline is 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, September 5, 2013.

Here are a few tips on the OpenBook API and on getting your submission in tip-top shape.

Start your draft now

Starting a draft is a good way to make sure that your app meets all the competition requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting…

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over 10 years ago

Connect our past to the future

A note from Steven Rosenbaum, CEO of Magnify.net, a video curation, publishing, and monetization platform. Steven will also serve on the judging panel of the BookSmash Challenge.

I wanted to reach out and let you know how excited I am to be one of the judges for BookSmash — I know you're hard at work thinking about how the right technology could enhance or even invent the future of the book.

Here's why I'm involved. I think reading matters — a lot. Books aren't simply objects to be collected, shared, and set on a shelf. They're the ideas that connect…

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over 10 years ago

One month to go (action required!)

Thank you to everyone participating in The BookSmash Challenge! We’re incredibly excited to see what you come up with. There's roughly one month to go in the submission period, so we thought it’d be a good time to check in and see how things are going. 

Registrants: please tell us how development is going here.

If you don't plan on entering anymore, please let us know.

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This challenge is about exploring ways that technology can help readers find new ways of discovering authors and books. Aside from monetary prizes and recognition, the ultimate reward would…

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over 10 years ago

A note from HarperCollins

Hello and thank you for participating in the HarperCollins BookSmash Challenge!

We’re delighted that you’re using our OpenBook API. The ‘author innovators’ whose work you have access to in the API are very excited to see what you will do with their books — they are curious as to how you will reimagine reading and appreciate the contribution you will make to their work. They are eager to see what direction your development will take — will you shake up the book and present non-linear reading? Will you incorporate community into their books, or location based technology? Will you design…

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over 10 years ago


Thanks for registering for the HarperCollins BookSmash Challenge! We're very much looking forward to seeing how you re-imagine reading and book discovery and create apps that engage audiences in new ways.

Potential participants: read on and kick off your submission today! Apps are due September 5, 2013. Make readers fall in love with books all over again, and lead reluctant readers to just the right story.

Quick-start guide
  1. Get inspired. Explore app ideas in the HarperCollins App Idea Bank and see which author innovators have made their full works available for the challenge.

  2. Apply for an API key. And get acquainted…

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