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Creative industries figures: publishing goes from strength to strength

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Commenting on figures published today by the Government which show that the UK creative industries contribute £8.8million per hour to the UK economy, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, said: “These figures show the UK publishing industry, and the whole UK creative sector, is going from strength to strength, both here at home and overseas.  Through investing in innovative ways of delivering world-beating content online whilst recognising the continuing strong support for physical books, publishers are ensuring written material is available for all consumers however they wish to access and read it.”

 

Horne joins Publishers Association

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Brean Horne has joined The Publishers Association as its new Policy and Communications Executive following an internship at the BBC.  Brean is a law graduate from Sussex University and comes to The PA via Creative Access which provides opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME).

Susie Winter, Director of Policy and Communications at The PA, said: 

“We are delighted that Brean has joined The PA team.  A number of our members already have Creative Access interns and we are only too pleased to join them in supporting this programme and in welcoming Brean whose skills, knowledge and background will be greatly valuable to us”. 

 

Sieghart Report captures vital importance of public library service

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The Publishers Association today welcomed the publication of William Sieghart’s Independent Library Report for England.

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Public Library e-Lending Pilot Six Month Update

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The year-long pilot project, being run in partnership by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, into remote lending of ebooks by public libraries has reached its half way mark and some trends have begun to emerge.

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UK publishers producing world-class teaching materials

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Commenting on the study released by Tim Oates on the use of textbooks in English schools, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, Publishers Association and Caroline Wright, Director, British Educational Suppliers Association, said:

“We absolutely disagree that UK textbooks are not up to scratch.  UK educational publishers create world-class teaching and learning materials for schools which are used all over the world, Singapore included, as evidenced by the fact that 40% of British publishers’ revenues come from overseas sales." 

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PA/BESA Education Conference to explore impact of recent changes to education policy

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Following a period of significant change in education policy, The Publishers Association’s third annual Education Conference, in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association, will explore the impact of these changes on teachers, schools, assessors and publishers. 

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Europe’s Cultural Diversity Threatened by Commission’s Push for Uniformity

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Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum on Tuesday 4th November, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, said that the new European Commission’s drive to impose a digital single market risks undermining Europe’s rich cultural diversity, and plays into the hands of American-based platform companies. 

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Government announces it will continue to fund the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)

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The Publishers Association strongly welcomes today’s announcement by the Government that it will continue to fund the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).  Commenting, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The PA, said:

“As partners with PIPCU in their fight against online IP infringement we are delighted to hear its funding is secure for another two years.   We have seen first-hand the important work the PIPCU team does in tackling the problem of pirate websites and the difference they are making in ensuring the online environment is one which is safe and secure for consumers and allows publishers and authors to be remunerated for their work.”   

 

Research shows UK leads global publishing of new titles

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Latest figures from the International Publishers Association show that the UK is leading the world in the publication of new titles.

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PA calls for stability and cooperation in IP framework

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Appearing on a panel with IP Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe at Conservative conference, PA chief executive Richard Mollet called on a future conservative government to stop the carousel of reviews into the IP framework and work with industry to ensure children understand the value of creativity and intellectual property.

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Publishing industry sets out policy proposals for next government

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Publishing industry sets out policy proposals for next government

Recommendations will build on books and journals economic and social contribution

London, 19 September 2014 – The Publishers Association today releases an eight point plan for growth in the book and journal market.  Focusing on likely priority areas of any future government – the need to make the most of technological innovation, increase levels of literacy and ensure consumers have choice and are safe in the online environment – Publishing for Britain sets out a package of measures that will not only benefit the UK publishing sector but also the wider society and the economy.

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