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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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Impressions from the London Book Fair

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Writing a blog on your first London Book Fair, in its last year at Earls Court, means you have the job of writing up first impressions of a new event, for the first time, for the last time at an old venue, before the old event moves to a new venue, where you’ll get new first impressions, for the second time. This, in a dizzying sort of way, summed up the London Book Fair for me. Sprawling, active and at times exciting.

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Impressions from Bologna Book Fair

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As a first-time visitor to Bologna and one who knows the value of personal recommendations, I contacted publishers to ask for guidance. Visions of stand numbers flying into my inbox and long lists of seminars I should be attending were dispelled by each and every contact advising the same thing: eat. Eat a lot.

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UK Film Success Welcomed by All – Except Copyright Saboteurs

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That publishing does not quite have its equivalent of Oscar night or the BRITs is both a blessing and a curse.

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The Gaping Hole in the Pirate’s Logic

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When your enemy is making a mistake, suggested Napoleon, it is best not to interrupt them. 

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Different Year, Same Challenges

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The fashion of the world at this time of year to is to conjure up the image of a clean slate, wiped of the concerns of the previous year and ready to be inscribed with the excitements of that coming.  

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