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PA releases new market report on Brazil

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In the last ten years Brazil has been gradually opening up its economic, educational and cultural frontiers to an increasing extent with other South American countries and with the world in general, with a consequent need to update its society in the areas of information, education, technology and science. The publishing industry has also played an important role in this process, by providing improved access to education, information and leisure, whether in Portuguese, English or other languages. 

In light of the increasing focus on Brazil,, the PA commissioned publishing consultants Marcela Canizo and Rob Francis to compile a full market report on the book market This 150-page report is available free of charge to PA members and GPI subscribers by clicking Read More below. Otherwise this report is available to purchase through the PA's online bookshop

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PA releases mini market profile on Kazakhstan

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With English becoming a compulsory subject from the 1st grade throughout Kazakhstan from September 2013, the PA has compiled a mini market profile to provide members with an insight on the book market in this country. 

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PA Comment on the House of Lords Inquiry into Open Access

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London, 22 February 2013 – Commenting on the report of the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee inquiry into the implementation of open access policy, The Publishers Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Mollet, said:

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Aid Projects Alert February 2013

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In this month's issue there are nine new projects and four approvals and one tender.

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PA Comment on the growth of the e-book market

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London, 18 January 2013 - Commenting on the growth of the e-book market, as outlined in The Bookseller’s research, Richard Mollet, CEO, The Publishers Association, said:

The significant growth in the e-book market shows that readers’ preferences appear to be settling in the middle-way.

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Creating a 21st century reading service: results announced from new library/publisher skills sharing project

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London, 17 January 2013 – As digital reading trends move ever-faster, a special event held today addressed the urgent need for libraries to embrace new technologies in order to take their vital support for readers online.

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Aid Projects Alert January 2013

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In this first issue of Aid Project Alerts for 2013, there are eleven new projects, ten approvals and two tenders.

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PA Comment on Government’s Copyright Reform

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London, 20 December 2012 –The Publishers Association has noted that the IPO’s “Modernising Copyright” published today shows that some rightsholder concerns and points have been taken into account, particularly with regards to the need to ensure that expanding copyright exceptions does not undermine creativity and investment.  However, a great deal of what is proposed lacks detail and the IPO is yet to publish the economic impact assessments upon which the policy proposals are based.

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Paperback fiction books see 15% rise in export sales by value and volume

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--- Physical books sales rise by 2% by volume, from 415m to 423m ---

London, 19 December 2012 –The Publishers Association’s Sales Monitor (PASM) shows a rise of 2.1% reported sales of physical books by volume, from 415m to 423m. The PASM also indicates a 15% growth in the value (from 79m to 91m) and volume of paperback fiction between January and September 2012.

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PA releases market report on Mexico

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Mexico is a large, well-populated country, with excellent natural resources and a key strategic position in the Americas. Despite huge disparities of wealth, the Mexican economy continues to show growth. It suffered from the US economic recession in 2009, but had a surprising recovery. Important structural economic reforms are much needed.

According to Pilar Aramayo Prudencio, the author of the PA's new market report on Mexico, the points to note about the book industry are:

  • There are two book markets in Mexico: the private sector and the public sector. It is estimated that government publishing represents about 63% of the total market in volumes (246m books per annum), while commercial publishers represent just 35% (100m books per annum). Publishers are very conscious of this fact, and take every opportunity to highlight the limitations that government publishing, particularly in the educational sector, imposes on the realistically accessible market.
  • The total book market at the level of publishers’ net sales per annum is estimated at around US$600m (£347m). At the consumer level this would be worth around US$855m (£552m). The book market is dominated by educational products, and book sales into the educational market represent 60% of total sales.
  • Since 2007, growth of book sales has been steady. Government purchases for the public education system have grown, although prices are still low. The demand for private education continues at a very high level, providing the dynamism at all levels, from preschool to college, and this seems likely to continue.
  • Publishing –both trade and educational– is becoming dominated by foreign-owned, multi-national groups with local companies, which may be Spanish-owned,  US or UK-owned (or German-owned. The local traditional Mexican companies (i.e. Porrúa, Fernández Editores and Limusa) are still active, but have lost market share.

This report is now available to PA members and GPI Subscribers through this website. Non-members can purchase a copy of this report through our online bookshop.

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PA welcomes government recognition that IP is the key to growth

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Press Release London

London, 17 December 2012 –The Publishers Association welcomes today’s announcement made by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on intellectual property.  The PA welcomes the recognition that “the skillful use of IP” is the key to economic growth.  The PA is also supportive of the proposed new programme to boost consumer and business awareness about the value of IP and will work closely with government and other creative sectors to deliver this.

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