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PA Bulletin - 26th June 2009


 In this issue

  • Digital Britain
  • Survey on Publishers Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Affiliate Directory
  • Frankfurt Book Fair UK List of Exhibitors
  • Tools of Change Seminar: 13th October
  • June Issue of UK/USA Price Comparison Index
  • Record Industry Victory on File-Sharing
  • Rapidshare Sued Successfully
  • The 2009 Authors' Awards
  • BookBrunch
  • Book-Link
  • Vocabulary Mapping Framework (VMF)
  • StartWithXML: Why & How: 2nd September
  • International DOI Foundation open meeting: 7th October

PA News
Digital Britain

On 16 July Lord Carter published the Government’s long-awaited Digital Britain report. A significant proportion of the report is aimed at the creative industries, with the most anticipated proposals being those aimed at addressing peer-to-peer filesharing. But despite the media’s focus on this topic, there are plenty of other issues in the report which stand to affect publishers. Read more here.

Survey on Publishers Professional Indemnity Insurance
The PA in conjunction with RK Harrison Insurance Brokers would like to understand more about publishers attitude to professional indemnity insurance and have created a short survey (this should take no more than 2 minutes) that will allow us to work with RK Harrison and insurer Hiscox to develop a package of insurance products for the publishing industry. We would appreciate as many publishers as possible to complete the survey - all completed surveys will be entered into a draw for a bottle of champagne.  Click here to take part.

Affiliate Directory
The Affiliate Directory is for self-employed individuals (Consultant Affiliates) and businesses (Trade Affiliates) who work with or supply to the publishing industry and wish to promote their services to publishing houses and the industry in general.

Frankfurt Book Fair UK List of Exhibitors
The PA is producing a booklet with a list of UK companies exhibiting at the fair.  These popular publications are distributed to overseas and UK trade visitors and exhibitors approximately one month before the fair, making a useful contact list.  All companies and their stand numbers are listed free of charge. Find out more here

Tools of Change Seminar: 13th October
This intensive one-day conference will provide publishers with the opportunity to explore the options and the digital tools available to them and to connect with the industry game-changers who are experimenting and innovating to ensure a more profitable future in publishing. TOC Frankfurt will take place on 13th October and a special reduced rate of €399 (+19% VAT) is available to members of the The Publishers Association. Click here for further information.

Market Research and Statistics
June Issue of UK/USA Price Comparison Index
The June issue of the quarterly UK/USA Price Comparison Index compiled by Peter Kilborn is now available by clicking here.

Record Industry Victory on File-Sharing

The record industry has won a landmark victory in Ireland after pressuring internet service provider Eircom to implement a “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” policy targeting illegal file-sharing by its subscribers. The move is intended as a settlement of High Court proceedings brought against it by the four major record labels - EMI, Sony, Universal, and Warner - who accused Eircom of not doing enough to combat illegal file-sharing by its subscribers. Read more here

Rapidshare Sued Successfully
GEMA, the German music collecting society, has successfully sued Rapidshare for distributing 5,000 pirated music tracks.  In addition to a 24m Euro fine, Rapidshare must now take more active steps to filter out illegal content prior to its distribution.

Non PA New and Events
The 2009 Authors' Awards

The 2009 prize winners were announced on Thursday 18th June at the Society of Authors Literary Awards Reception. Sebastian Faulks presented over £65,000 in prize money to twenty-two writers during a reception at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London. Dame Margaret Drabble, Chair of the Society of Authors, introduced the evening.  For a full list of the winners click here.

BookBrunch is an information site and daily news service for the book industry. It is run by Liz Thomson and Nicholas Clee, writers and journalists, former editors of Publishing News and The Bookseller respectively. With all the latest news on books and bookselling, publishing and libraries, moves and what’s what in the digital world, it’s a must-read for everyone in the trade.  The individual subscription rates are as follows: 3 months: £30; 6 months: £55; 12 months: £99.  However, if companies are able to sign up to a group subscription BookBrunch can offer discounts on these prices, as follows:  5 to 10 subscribers: 10% discount; 11-25 subscribers: 15% discount; 26+ subscribers 20% discount. Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for further details.

Book-Link is a charity which sends books to Ethiopia for schools.  It also makes sure that the books get to schools and trains the teachers in how to use them.  Book-Link currently receives books from Letts Educational, Oxford University Press, Harcourt and Harper Collins and would be delighted to work with a wider range of publishers willing to provide it with overstocks or remainders. Book-Link particularly focuses on secondary schools books, but also on children’s fiction and non-fiction books.  Please click here for more information.

Vocabulary Mapping Framework (VMF)
A new digital initiative, the Vocabulary Mapping Framework (VMF), has been launched. This will create a mapping of vocabularies from nine major content metadata standards, creating a downloadable tool to support interoperability. The mapping will also be extensible to other standards. The work is an expansion of the existing RDA/ONIX Framework into a more comprehensive vocabulary which will be applicable in publishing, education, research, and libraries. The International DOI Foundation will provide a web hosting facility for the Framework as part of its commitment to promoting the wider use of interoperable metadata, and will use the vocabulary mapping wherever possible to support the association of metadata with DOI names.  For more information click here

StartWithXML: Why&How: 2nd September
StartWithXML: Why&How is a multi-part project initiated in New York to show publishers the advantages of using XML in their production processes.  The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) is working with StartWithXML to bring the project to the UK, and a StartwithXML Forum will be held in London on 2 September 2009.  Before that, PLS would be grateful if publishers could take part in a survey on practices, methods and strategies to identify ways to overcome barriers and take advantage of the benefits offered by XML workflows.  To take the survey please click here.  For further information on all aspects of StartWithXML: Why&How please click here. 

International DOI Foundation open meeting: 7th October
The 2009 International DOI Foundation open meeting will be held in San Francisco on 7th October, and follows a successful series of annual meetings. Participants are welcomed from a wide range of communities and interests. This year's theme covers the technical and social infrastructure needed to ensure persistence of identifiers of content, including continuity, guaranteeing access, and providing a supportable funding model.  For more information please click here.