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The People's Book Prize - Call for entries

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'The People's Book Prize' was launched in June 2009.   Its aim is to discover new writing talent, to give budding authors a better chance of being published and read, and to provide the British public with a wider choice of new titles.

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UK Publishing Equalities Charter

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On Tuesday 20th April 2010, version II of the draft UK Publishing Equalities Charter was launched at London Book Fair by industry speakers including Simon Juden (PA), Bridget Shine (IPG), Viv Bird (Booktrust), Shreela Ghosh (Freeword) and Jacob Sam La Rose (Flipped Eye Publishing)

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Why ARROW matters to publishers

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The PA has published a short guidance document explaining what publishers should be do doing to support the ARROW project; why it is critically important for them to do so; and how they stand to benefit by engaging. The briefing is aimed at digital directors, rights directors, strategy directors, and chief technology officers within the publishing industry.

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Delegations

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Delegation to Russia: 28th November – 3rd December  

Following the success of the January 2010 delegation to India The Publishers Association is organising a delegation to Moscow for publishers looking to make links with the Russian market.

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Publishing Scotland & the PA to tie-up on lobbying

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Publishing Scotland and The Publishers Association have announced that they are to work together on lobbying.  Under the arrangement the two organisations will regularly exchange information, with PS leading on taking the industry’s messages to the devolved parliament, the PA leading in Europe, and the two collaborating in Westminster.

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Cameron & Clegg form coalition Government

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titleOn Tuesday 11th May, Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister and David Cameron was swiftly appointed to the post. A coalition Government has been formed out of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, with Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister. 

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General Election results show hung Parliament

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altThe PA has monitored the results of the General Election and it has been confirmed that Britain has a hung Parliament. The Conservatives are the largest party but do not have an overall majority, and speculation is now mounting as to what kind of deal will emerge from the three main political parties as they vie for power.

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Aid Project Alerts April 2010

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In this month's issue there are nine new projects and two updates

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Value of UK Publishers' total sales remained stable

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UK publishers solaltd an estimated 763m books in 2009, with an invoiced value of £3,053m according to the PA Statistics Yearbook 2009.

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PA and BESA to challenge the BBC Trust

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PA and BESA to challenge the BBC Trust over their fair trading investigation into formal learning services delivered through the BBC website.alt

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Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance awarded plaque of appreciation

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The Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAA) which heads up the UK publishers anti-piracy campaign in the GCC region (among other clients) has been awarded a plaque of appreciation by the Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. The Minister of Economy awarded the plaque to AAA in “recognition of their commitment towards fighting piracy in the region” and the timing was aligned with WIPO’s Intellectual Property Rights Day. Ola Khudair received the award on behalf of AAA in recognition of her exemplary lobbying efforts with governmental bodies and her aim remains the facilitation of an effective IPR Regime.