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2014: The Year of “peak freetard”?

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The tensions - some would call them battles - between the creative sector and internet intermediaries have been blowing hard for well over two decades. In recent times it has seemed like the latter were in the ascendant as various political processes and developments appeared to go in their favour.  However, in the UK 2014 may come to be seen as the year in which the pendulum swung back, perhaps decisively, in the favour of the creators.

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Creative Access Blog -- a Day in the Life of a Communications Assistant

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I began my yearlong publishing traineeship at HarperCollins, facilitated by Creative Access in July, in the Corporate Communications department.  I work under the much esteemed Communications Director, Susanna Frayn and more immediately, Sam Missingham, Events Manager, with accolades including launching the first digital publishing awards and the world’s first virtual romance festival.

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Safe As Houses?: Why Publishing Should Not Fear the Cynics

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From any perspective it is clear that our society is suffering from a crisis of trust.  From UKIP to Russell Brand, to FIFA the EU and back again, British voters and citizens are subjecting the established order to the sort of sceptical forensic examination usually reserved for buying used cars.  In many cases the inspection is being failed. 

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Inclusive Publishing

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A decade or more ago, the publishing industry was struggling to find solutions to the apparently intractable challenge of how to make more large-print books available, more quickly, and more inexpensively, to benefit the steadily enlarging cohort of the book reading community as the challenge of age-related visual impairment grows.

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Make Tech the Tool of Creators

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“Copyright rules should be modernised, during the first part of this mandate, in the light of the digital revolution, new consumer behaviour and Europe’s cultural diversity”….so reads the instruction given by European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in his mission letter to Vice President Andrus Ansip, the former Estonian Prime Minister tasked with developing the Digital Single Market brief in the new Commission.

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Publishing for Britain: a manifesto for publishing, culture and the economy

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Today marks the launch of The Publishers Association’s manifesto.  “Publishing for Britain” is an eight-point policy document which we believe should inform the actions of whichever party or parties come to form the next government.  The measures we propose will not simply be to the advantage of the UK publishing sector, but will also benefit wider society and the economy. 

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The threat to the Amazon is of more concern to many than the threat to our culture

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Like most people in publishing my eye is naturally drawn to any headline containing the word "Amazon" and so it was I found myself reading about the need to preserve the biodiversity of the rain forest in an article on the Brazilian presidential election.

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Guest Blog -- Making Pre-School Inclusion a Reality

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I was delighted to hear about Ruth Hunt’s plan to commission a series of children’s books featuring diverse families, and I really hope that her call is taken up and this goes ahead, as we certainly need more books that feature same-sex families ­– not just so that the children in those families can see their lives reflected in books, but so that ALL children are exposed to the diverse family set-ups, especially as some of those children, regardless of what books they read, will identify as gay when they grow up, and some will also go on to have families with a same-sex partner. However, we desperately need more than just one series of books.

 

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Reshuffle leaves industry with a new challenge

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The Prime Minister has spent four years earning a reputation for disliking reshuffles, apparently reckoning, not unreasonably, that Ministers perform better when they have experience, expertise and stability in their briefs.  However, such compelling managerial logic has butted up against an equally unarguable electoral rationale, which demands that next May's General Election is led by a fresh, more female and non-toxic team.

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Good? Publishing is great!

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Although the World Cup has revealed that England is well outside of the top ten in terms of world football, a survey out this week shows the UK to be in the top seven contributors to the world: and it’s largely because of our publishers!

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No politics please, we're publishers...

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The whole of the European Union goes to the polls this week, in a feat of organised democracy surpassed only by India in terms of numbers; and in terms of questionable taste of some of the candidates only by the Eurovision Song Contest. 

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