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Exporting excellence: capitalising on the global value of UK education

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Taking place on 17th October 2012 this one day conference will investigate the global possibilities that exist for the UK education industry. The agenda will explore how UK education is positioned worldwide, the current demands of the world’s developing and established nations and where the opportunities might lie for British educational institutions, organisations and businesses.

Industry leading minds will examine what the Coalition Government is doing to promote the export of British education and whether more needs to be done. What incentives are available from overseas governments? What are the funding options open to those keen to internationalise their business?

Through a series of case studies by both geography and industry sector, Exporting Excellence 2012 will determine how best to evaluate new markets, highlight the successes and challenges of entering a new jurisdiction, and summarise the lessons that will assist you in executing the “perfect” market entry.

PA members can claim a discounted attendance rate of £345 instead of the full attendance rate of £395, please log in to the PA website to access the promotional code details at the bottom of this page.

To find out more visit http://www.educationinvestor.co.uk/conferences/ExportingExcellence.aspx

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BA Conference 2012 – Warwick 16-17 September

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This year’s annual event will follow the Gardners Books Tradeshow, and incorporates many elements of the Independent Booksellers Forum.

All events will take place on the university campus, and the BA are holding rooms in Radcliffe House for delegates. The BA will arrange all accommodation, so simply indicate on the
form, what you require.

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Finch, Willetts, RCUK, Green OA, and embargoes

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There appears to be considerable confusion around what Janet Finch said in her Report, what David Willetts endorsed in his Letter, and what the latest RCUK Policy actually proposes in relation to a number of issues. After consultation with our membership, this paper sets out to clarify what we perceive the publishers’ position to be on these issues.

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What is a Publisher for?

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A new article has been by Nosy Crow discussing 'what is a Publisher for?' - have a read of this blog on the Nosy Crow website here.

Publishing showcased at Global Business Summit for Creative Content

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Press Release London

London, 31 July 2012 – Taking place today at the newly-styled British Business Embassy in London (Lancaster House), the Global Business Summit for Creative Content showcased the importance of publishing as one of the leading creative industries in the UK.

During a session entitled ‘The Writer as Creative Catalyst’, Evan Davis, the Today programme presenter, interviewed Michael Morpurgo, the best-selling children’s author and they discussed the ability of books to drive further creative activity.

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Aid Projects Alert July 2012

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In this month's issue there are seven new projects and three loan approvals.

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The Publishers Association Sees Strength of Hooper Approach to Streamlining Licensing

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Press Release London

London, 31 July 2012 – The Publishers Association (The PA) has given its support to Richard Hooper’s approach to streamlining copyright licensing in the UK as outlined in his Phase 2 report published today. Hooper’s report,“Copyright Works: streamlining licensing for the digital age”, recommends the creation of an industry-led Copyright Hub, for use by businesses and the public, which could allow rights to be licensed more efficiently and openly. The Copyright Hub follows on from recommendations made in the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property, published in May 2011 and consulted on in the governments’ copyright consultation of December 2011.

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Promoting the excellence of British books

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The British Book Awards are now open for entry. These awards showcase the superb quality of the British book design and production industry - and can do wonders for your company's reputation! The Awards, brought to you by BPIF, Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association, are the premier recognition event for British book design and production. The judges will be looking for good design, free of typographical errors. Particular emphasis will be given to excellent layout and standards of typography.

All books published from 1 July 2011 until 30 June 2012 are eligible for entry in this year's awards. The deadline for entries is Friday 6 July 2012.

The Awards will be presented at a glittering event on Tuesday 20 November 2012 at the prestigious Grange St Paul's Hotel. It will be the event of the year for all those involved in the industry, bringing printers, designers and their clients together to celebrate the best of British book design and production work.



 

The Publishers Association calls for maintaining the existing Registrar of Public Lending Right

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Press Release London

London, 24 July 2012 – In its response to the government’s Consultation on transfer of the Public Lending Right functions from the existing public body, The Publishers Association (The PA) argues that the current PLR Public Body, the Registrar of Public Lending Right, is efficient and effective, and there is no need for the transferring of the statutory function of administering the PLR scheme to another existing public body.

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The PA welcomes a clear UK Government policy on access to research publications

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The PA welcomes the clarity in the UK Government’s position on access to published research and the support for a funded solution set out in the letter published today from David Willetts to Janet Finch accepting all the proposals in her Access Group report, apart from the issue of VAT which can only be resolved at EU level. This clarity will help all parties as we now move on to the implementation phase. We welcome the preference for the ‘Gold’ (funded) over the ‘Green’ (derivative) model, and the realisation that publishing under whatever model has costs associated that must be recovered in a sustainable way.

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PASM Q1 2012

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Total sales of physical books fell 0.4% by value and 7.2% by volume in first quarter of 2011 according to the PA’s data collection scheme, the PA Sales Monitor (PASM).

While the value of home sales of physical books fell by 0.6%, export sales remained at the same level. However, in volume terms both home and export sales fell by 4.2% and 11.7% respectively.

In the home market, there were double-digit increases in the value sales of school books (+28.6%) and hardback fiction (+15.5%), and smaller growth in the sales of children’s books, general non-fiction in paperback, and hardback and social science/humanities titles. These helped to offset the double-digit decreases in the reported value of physical book sales in the fiction paperback (-21%), reference (-18%) and ELT (-15.2%) categories, as well as a 4% decrease for STM.

In the export market, double-digit decreases in the value of exports of physical ELT books
(-16.7%) and hardback fiction (-18.1%) , with 8-9% decreases for paperback fiction and reference books, and a smaller drop in value sales for school books, children’s books and general non-fiction paperbacks. These decreases were balanced by a 25% rise in the value of sales of STM books, an 8% increase for social sciences/humanities, and 4% growth for general non-fiction hardbacks.

PASM participants (direct and indirect via their distributors) can access the full report by clicking here.

NB (1): The PA Sales Monitor is The Publishers Association’s monthly data collection scheme of publishers’ sales split into home and export sales, and within these destinations into 10 categories and, for exports by value, 7 geographical regions. There are 23 participant distributors/publishers in PASM representing c250 publishers with combined sales estimated to account for 76% of total UK publishers’ sales.

NB(2): Digital sales are not included in this first quarter report, but will be present in the Q2 report on the first six months of 2012.