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Future Publishing received the Launch of the Year award from the Association of Online Publishers last night (Thursday, 19 July), in recognition of its "bold investment" in magazine copies for Apple's Newsstand platform.

The latest figures released by Future show a 37 per cent increase in digital revenues for the publisher, also named Digital Publisher of the Year in the consumer category at last night's awards, for the second year in a row.

The increase in revenues was partly credited to its portfolio of magazines on Newsstand. Future's sales on Newsstand on the iPad passed £3 million in October last year, with the latest figures showing sales of around £500,000 a month.

The results, published earlier this year, added that Future has sold more than 830,000 copies on the Newsstand.

AOP award judges said Future had shown "bold investment, successfully working with Apple to deliver strong commercial results and highlighting a commitment to the future".

Future was awarded the prize for Digital Publisher of the Year, with judges adding that "from its innovative approach to new launches, significant organic growth to reaching the tipping point where digital revenues offset those from print - Future is the deserving winner!".

Other wins on the night included Guardian Music for Use of Video, NME.com for Use of Social Media - a new award this year - and Huffington Post Media Group for Pureplay Publisher - another new award for 2012.

Editor of NME.com Luke Lewis recently spoke at Journalism.co.uk conference news:rewired - full stream ahead about social media and the site's approach to audience interaction. His presentation and video from the event can be viewed on the news:rewired website.

NME.com also won an award for Website of the Year in the consumer category last night. Judges described the site as "a great example of how digital has become the dominant platform for a brand" which "has made a successful transformation from print to digital."

Lewis told Journalism.co.uk: "I'm over the moon about NME.COM winning two AOP Awards, especially in two really hard fought categories - consumer website and social media.

"The AOPs are the Oscars of digital publishing, it's the one everyone wants to win. Plus, everyone on NME.COM works stupidly hard, from writers to developers it's a talented and dedicated team, so it's really nice to get this recognition for their efforts."

A full list of winners is available on the AOP awards website.

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