Three Elsevier Books Win Awards from Textbook & Academic Authors Association

Titles honored with Textbook Excellence Award and Most Promising New Textbook Award

Cambridge, MA, April 13, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that three of its books will receive 2016 textbook awards in the College category from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). Two titles will receive the Textbook Excellence Award, better known as a “Texty,” and one title will receive the Most Promising New Textbook Award. The awards will be presented during an awards ceremony on June 24, 2016, at the Textbook & Academic Authors Association 29th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

TAA announced a total of 17 award winners in four categories, including eight for the 2016 Most Promising New Textbook Award (College), which recognizes excellence in first-year edition textbooks and learning materials, and five for the 2016 Textbook Excellence Award (College),recognizing excellence in current textbook and learning materials in their second edition or later.

“We are grateful that the Textbook & Academic Authors Association continues to recognize the promise of our new titles and the excellence of those already providing value to the health, science and technology communities,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Education, Reference and Continuity, at Elsevier. “It is a true honor for our authors to receive these awards at the Association’s upcoming conference.”

The Elsevier books winning the 2016 Textbook Excellence Award (“Texty”) are:

The Elsevier book winning the 2016 Most Promising New Textbook Award is:

Anatomy and Physiology, Ninth Edition, published under the Mosby imprint, Biotechnology, Second Edition, published under the Academic Cell imprint, and Materials and Sustainable Development, published under the Butterworth-Heinemann imprint, all are available in the Elsevier Store or on ScienceDirect.

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association provides professional development resources, events, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books. Established in 1987 by math author Mike Keedy, TAA is the only national, nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors.

TAA created the Textbook Excellence Award in 1992 to recognize current textbooks and learning materials. Nominated works must carry a copyright date for the previous or current year, and entries can include learning materials in all mediums. Textbooks in their first editions with publication dates in the previous or current year may compete for a Most Promising New Textbook Award. In 1993, TAA initiated the William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award ("McGuffey"), to recognize textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time. Nominated works must have been in print 15 years and are still being sold. All works are ranked on certain criteria: interesting and informative; well organized and well prepared; up to date and appealing; and teachability. College and elementary–high school books are judged separately.


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About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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