Updated: 23rd April 2018

George RR Martin and Apple announce interactive Game of Thrones books collaboration

A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition, available through Apple from Thursday, promises a world of additional content including sigils, family trees and glossaries

George RR Martin has hailed an amazing next step in the world of books as he announced publication of a new digital edition of A Game of Thrones, featuring a world of additional content and an extract from the forthcoming sixth novel in his bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter.

A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition was released on Thursday on Apples iBooks to mark the 20th anniversary of the epic fantasy novels first publication. It offers a world of additional content, said its publisher HarperCollins, ranging from interactive character maps to detailed annotations, character journeys and timelines, family trees and and audio clips.

It includes an extract from The Winds of Winter. HarperCollins said the excerpt had been briefly published on Martins website, but was now available only in the new enhanced editions.

Were now entering a new period in the history of publishing, said Martin, announcing the new edition. The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before. These enhanced editions, available only on iBooks, include sigils and family trees and glossaries. Anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, its right there at your fingertips. Its an amazing next step in the world of books.

The enhanced digital edition of the second novel in the series, A Clash of Kings, is scheduled for 27 October, while book three, A Storm of Swords is due on 15 December. The fourth and fifth books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance of Dragons will follow in February and March 2017.

A HarperCollins spokesperson remained tight-lipped about a publication date for The Winds of Winter, saying only: As yet nothing has been finalised regarding the publication but when the book is ready, it will be announced through Georges website.

In January, Martin revealed that he had not yet finished the novel, and that it would not be released before HBO aired the sixth season of its hit adaptation of his narrative. Yes, theres a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters But theres also a lot still left to write. I am months away still and thats if the writing goes well, Martin said at the time.

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