The World Atlas of Wine eBook Edition Wins International Digital Book Award

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The World Atlas of Wine 7th Edition eBook by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson won a Digital Book Award for Best Book in the Ebook Fixed format / Enhanced-Illustrated category last night in New York City.

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The World Atlas of the single most important reference book on the shelf of any wine student. -Eric Asimov, New York Times

Octopus Publishing Group is overjoyed to announce that The World Atlas of Wine 7th Edition eBook by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson has won a Digital Book Award for Best Book in the Ebook Fixed format / Enhanced-Illustrated category.

The award was presented by actor LeVar Burton last night at a gala ceremony in New York City.

The eBook Edition of The World Atlas of Wine uses exciting new technology to bring wine-lovers even closer to the book’s rich maps, photography and narrative. It is the first digital release in the 42-year history of the book, which is considered by many to be the authoritative reference work on wine. (Read the stellar press reviews at

"The iPad Edition adds an extraordinary new dimension to a real classic," says co-author Hugh Johnson. "You can search, swipe and zoom in to see exactly what you want. And the photography simply glows with the light behind it. I'm thrilled with it. It shows you The World Atlas of Wine in a way that even a book can't do."

Available in Apple iBooks, the eBook Edition includes the complete content of the physical edition, with the addition of interactive panoramic maps – allowing each region to be enjoyed in stunning detail. Galleries of wine labels can be viewed as full-screen images and the stunning photography of the book is brought to life on the backlit screen of the iPad.

“The World Atlas of Wine is a rare example of a digital product that not only perfectly complements the physical book but also adds to it," says George Walkley, Head of Digital at Hachette UK, parent company of Octopus Publishing Group. "It has all of the authoritative content of the print book in a more portable package for the traveling or armchair oenophile. The tablet format and touch interface really lend themselves to detailed cartography, slideshows of wine labels and some of the most sumptuous photography I've seen in an eBook. This award is a great tribute to years of work by the authors, perfectly executed by the team at Octopus."

The team behind the eBook includes Denise Bates, Octopus Group Publishing Director and the commissioning editor; Martin Coombs and the team at DC Graphic Design who created the ebook; Cosmographics, the cartographers who created the superb maps; Kjell Eldor who project managed; and Ben Moore who came up with the initial concept and spearheaded the marketing. Special thanks go to authors Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson for their magnificent book, years of research and their embrace of the digital format.

A shareable video of authors Hugh and Jancis demonstrating the iPad Edition can be viewed here:

The World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson is available on iBooks/iTunes (free sample available). Follow the link on or search iTunes/iBooks for World Atlas of Wine.

The World Atlas of Wine 7th Edition published October 8, 2013 by Mitchell Beazley, an imprint of Octopus Publishing Group, distributed by Hachette Book Group.

ISBN: 9781845339180

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