PA News and Events
Frankfurt Book Fair gave us the opportunity to meet with our international colleagues as well as to hear from EU politicians about the development of copyright policy. The annual conference for intellectual property organised by the Alliance for IP also took place, at which Business Secretary Vince Cable MP, Internal Market Commissioner Michael Barnier and Arlene McCarthy MEP spoke about the importance of copyright to the continued growth of the creative industries.
Market research & statistics
In view of the changes happening in Burma following the first election in over twenty years in 2010, the PA has compiled a mini market profile on this country for the benefit of PA members and GPI subscribers. Click here.
General News and Events
Digital Publishing Forum: Online Communities, Wednesday 23 October 2013 @ UCL, London WC1
The second Digital Publishing Forum of the Autumn, on Digital Developments in Licensing, will take place on 23rd October at UCL, Anatomy G04 LT from 4-6pm, with a drinks reception and networking immediately after at Foster Court, G24. Chaired by Mark Bide, Chairman of the Publishers Licensing Society and Executive Director, EDItEUR, this DPF will review current licensing practises and the digital developments that will potentially make them more efficient and profitable. It will feature a talk on current licensing practices and some of the day-to-day challenges that arise from them, from a publisher’s perspective. Also speaking will be Tom West and Jonathan Griffin, PLS, on the work undertaken by PLS, particularly the development of a digital permissions service for publishers and researchers, and Godfrey Rust, Rightscom. Godfrey will give an overview of progress with the ground-breaking Copyright Hub, an online portal for copyright information and permission requests, and will emphasise the importance of standard identification and metadata from the perspective of the Linked Content Coalition project. Register here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/conferences/dpf
Open Call to Editors – UK Delegation to Qatar
The Publishers Association, the Qatar Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, the British Council and UK Trade & Investment are supporting 5 UK editors to travel to Qatar in December 2013 to attend The Doha 24th International Book Fair, 4-14th December 2013, where the UK has been invited to be guest of honour. This is a fantastic opportunity for UK publishers and editors to learn about Qatari and Arab literature, showcase literature from the UK, gain insights into the market and build long-lasting relationships with their counterparts in Qatar.
The objective of this delegation is to put the spotlight on publishing trade links with Qatar, highlighting its publishing industry, and the opportunities for conducting business.
The Publishers Association, The Qatar Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage and the British Council will prepare the programme for the selected editors. The programme will seek to promote and encourage greater cultural exchange between Qatar and the UK, to build awareness of each other’s literature amongst literary professionals and readers in both countries and to create opportunities for writers from both countries to prosper.
Interested editors should contact Kelly Signorelli-Chaplin
to request an application form as soon as possible.
Hold the Date! APD AGM 2013 – 26 November 2013 from 10am, Bloomsbury House, London
All PA members are warmly invited to this year’s Academic and Professional Division AGM, to be held on Tuesday 26 November from 10am in the Virginia Woolf Room, Bloomsbury House, London WC1. This AGM will give a chance to hear about APD activity since last year, ask questions of PA staff and Board, hear from outside speakers and join fellow attendees for a buffet lunch. The AGM will be followed by an APD Board meeting in the afternoon at the PA. Invitations will be sent later this month, but please contact Nicola Swann at
if you have any query in the meantime.
PA EPC/BESA Conference 2013, 2 December, London: New Curriculum, New Challenges: Keynote Elizabeth Truss MP
The new national curriculum for maintained primary and secondary schools, for teaching from September 2014, is finally in place – but how to make sure that it beds in successfully and works? The Publishers Association and the British Educational Suppliers Association would be delighted if you could join us at a one-day conference on Monday 2 December in London, New Curriculum, New Challenges: how to deliver quality and innovation from 2014, to help explore how publishers can best drive development of innovative, high-quality resources and CPD for the new curriculum and assessment system. We’re inviting publishers, educators, policy makers and other interested parties to sessions on what subject experts look for in resources; how to match innovation with quality; teacher communities and the sharing of resources; and how to ensure and show pupil progress.
Elizabeth Truss MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, will give the first Keynote address, joining speakers including Jo Palmer-Tweed (Chair, NC Expert Chairs Group), Dr Christina Preston (Professor of Educational Innovation, University of Bedfordshire), Bob Harrison (Toshiba/National Curriculum Computing Expert Panel Chair) and Jeremy Benson (Ofqual). The event will be held in the Rutherford Theatre, 76 Portland Place, London W1 and registration is now live on the PA website – for a programme and to register, please visit http://www.publishers.org.uk/NewCurriculum
The PA’s International Conference
This year’s PA international Conference will take place on Thursday 12th December, 9am – 6pm at Haberdashers Hall, 19 West Smithfield, EC1A 9HQ. The keynote speaker will be YS Chi, president of the International Publishers Association and chairman of Elsevier, Inc. Panels will include discussions on Korea and the Middle East, and round-tables sessions will cover China, Burma and mobile technology, among others. For more information and advance registration contact
11th – 12th December 2013, Grange City Hotel, London
The conference will cover the very latest online and offline copyright developments across the globe including:
• The latest on the implementation of the Hargreaves Review and reactions from our expert international speaker faculty
• Our renowned panel discussion on Collecting Societies and Licensing and a look at the forthcoming Directive
• Cutting-edge analysis and insights on recent UK and European cases including Meltwater, Amazon, Kyocera, CISAC and the Vitorino Report
• Analysis and impact of the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for visually impaired persons June 2012
Speakers will include: Richard Mollet, The Publishers Association, Liv Vaisberg, Federation of European Publishers, Florian Koempel, British Copyright Council, and Chris Oldknow, Microsoft.
Tuesday 12 November 2013, RIBA London
With a varied programme this biannual event focusses on updating BIC members and non-members alike on the activities of each BIC Committee and Clinic; meeting the new members; networking with the book industry; and sharing a drink or two together in the beautiful surroundings of RIBA’s Wren Room, with views across London. The Open Day will feature keynote speaker Matthew Cashmore (Digital Director, Blackwells) and a video link to BISG and BookNet Canada. Although free to attend, you will need to register: BIC Open Day Nov 2013
Wednesday 13 November 2013, The British Library
The monthly BIC Breakfasts focus on a different supply chain topic each time, and a delicious breakfast is provided. November’s focus is on print and digital conservation in libraries, and the event is sponsored by The British Library. Free to BIC members, with a minimal fee for non-members. Registration is via Eventbrite.
Developed by the Industry for the industry
Developed in consultation with BIC’s Production Directors Steering Committee, (a committee comprised of the following BIC Member Publishers: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Egmont UK, Harper Collins, Cambridge University Press, Hachette, Informa and Pearson), these courses provide up-to-date, technical, practical and commercial content to help Production Professionals better understand and meet the changing requirements of the industry. Courses include An Introduction to Colour Printing, An Introduction to Production, Pre-Press for Publishing, Understanding Paper, Shipping Explained, and are held at various locations across Europe. To find out more please visit the BIC website. Discounts are available for Friends of BIC, which includes members of The PA.
Wednesday 13 November (half day course), The British Library Conference
Metadata for Beginners is aimed at anyone in the publishing industry who is involved with bibliographic data in the supply chain. It is also aimed at individuals who require a better understanding of bibliographic data and the role it plays in the commercial success of a book. The course aims to de-mystify the subject of metadata, a subject often regarded as technical and complicated. Please book via Eventbrite.
To find out more about BIC Training courses please visit the BIC website.