Atlantic scores a hatrick at British Book Design awards

<p>Atlantic Books took home the top gong at last night&#39;s British Book Design and Production Awards, picking up 2009 Book of the Year for its title <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>The Wizard of Oz </em>also took home the Trade Illustrated prize, while the novel<em> The Girl With Glass Feet </em>won the Literature award. </p><p>Penguin was also among the successful publishers, with <em>Quantum of Solace</em> picking up the Best Jacket or Cover Design award. Walker Books won the Children&#39;s Illustrated prize for <em>My Secret War Diary</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>The judging panel comprised David Hyde, &nbsp;production designer at Simon &amp; Schuster, Waterstone&#39;s leisure buyer Sian Jones, and Paul Martin, creative designer at The Page Design Consultancy.</p><p>At the start of the evening, Michael Johnson, chief executive of BPIF, stressed the importance of British printers in the UK&#39;s publishing trade. He said domestic printers were &quot;more competitively priced than importers&quot;, thanks to the last year&#39;s currency fluctuations. Noting the challenges presented to the industry by digital books, Johnson added that print was &quot;a leading sector in terms of green practices&quot;.</p>