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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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PA releases market report on Vietnam

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In view of Vietnam being identified by the financial services industry as one of the next group of emerging countries known as CIVET, the PA decided it was time to update its  market report on this country.

According to its author, Neil Morley, publishers interested in this market should recognise: 
  • The world of publishing in Vietnam remains ‘national’ rather than provincial; the larger organisations being attached still to national government ministries.
  • Knowledge of the Publishing Department of the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) is fundamental as it is central to registration and operation of publishing in Vietnam.
  • A quarter of all titles sold in Vietnam are educational textbooks and another quarter are technical and professional.
  • The value of imported books exceeds £6m and has enjoyed growth of 50% per annum since early years of this century. 60% of imports are ELT.
  • Importation continues to be dominated by large state-related organisations, including Fahasa, and they are responsible for approximately 75% of total importation, but relaxation of government controls can now be identified.
  • Pricing  is subject to government pollicy .Trade discounting has been established through the relationships between state-owned educational publishers and the larger state-owned wholesaling enterprises.
  •  There is a fundamental need to work through a partner that operates in the transitional area between state-control and quasi- private

To find out more PA members and GPI Subscribers can access the full report (below), while visitors are able to purchase a copy through the PA's online bookshop, which includes the full table of contents for this report. 

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The All Party Parliamentary Publishing Group's Author Publisher Dialogues

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The All Party Parliamentary Publishing Group, for which The Publishers Association acts as secretariat, hosted a parliamentary event on Wednesday 28th November in the House of Commons. The panellists spoke to an audience of publishers, Members of Parliament, Peers and creative industry representatives, and covereda range of issues including the importance of the author/publisher relationship, literacy, public and school libraries, the value of publishing to the UK economy; and the importance of intellectual property.

The Author Publisher Dialogues were between three authors and their respective publishers.  Man Booker Prize-winning author and journalist, Howard Jacobson was interviewed by Richard Charkin, Managing Director at Bloomsbury; best-selling crime fiction writer, Mark Billingham, was interviewed by David Shelley, Publisher at Little, Brown; and acclaimed author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz was interviewed by Jane Winterbotham, Publishing Director at Walker Books.

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FEP estimates EU and EEA publishers turnover €22.8 billion in 2011

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The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) estimate that total annual sales revenue of book publishers of the EU and the EEA was approximately €22.8 billion in 2011, according to a survey they conducted. This represents a 3% decrease from the last estimate of €23.5 billion for 2010, with most markets recording a lower turnover than the previous year. The largest markets in terms of publishers’ turnover in 2011 were Germany, followed by the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

However there was a 1% increase in the number of new titles to 530,000 in 2011.  European publishers held a total of close to 8.5 million different titles in stock, the countries reporting the largest availability being the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain, and employed 135,000 people, basically the same as the year before.  To read the full press release visit the FEP's website.

PA Members can access a more detailed FEP report on book Statistics by logging into this website.

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Academic and Professional Market Statistics Handout 2012

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The Academic and Professional Statistics handout from this morning AGM of the PA's Academic and Professional Division is now available to members only.

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PA Comment: industry-led steps to implement recommendations from Richard Hooper's report

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Press Release London

London, 21 November 2012 - Commenting on the industry-led steps to implement recommendations from Richard Hooper's report to streamline copyright licensing for the digital age, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association, said:  

“We are really pleased to be working with others in the publishing sector, as well as other creative industries, to take forward the recommendations of Richard Hooper's report, Copyright Works, and to develop the Copyright Hub. The industry-led Hub will make it easier for users to license content online, ensuring creators are rewarded for its use. 

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International Publishing Summer School 1-12 July 2013 – Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

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Oxford Brookes University in association with The Publishers Association

This prestigious two week course will bring together publishers from around the world to develop new skills as international publishers and to discuss issues of importance to our industry. The course will provide an opportunity for you to:

  • Learn from highly experienced tutors based at The Oxford Centre for Publishing Studies, one of the world’s leading publishing centres
  • Focus on new technologies, and recognise which will be the most effective in helping you build an efficient and successful publishing business
  • Hear from top industry speakers about how they have created, developed and sold products and services to a range of markets
  • Gain a better appreciation of how publishing works internationally
  • Improve your knowledge across a range of publishing areas – editorial, production, sales and marketing – all with a focus on the latest technology
  • Try out a range of new skills in break out groups and workshop situations
  • Visit key players at the cutting edge of digital developments

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In Memory of Tim Rix

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It is with great regret that we have learned today that our former President Tim Rix has died. Tim was PA President from 1981-83, and was one of the most widely respected and successful publishers of his generation. He was best known as the Chief Executive of Longman, at the time the largest and longest established educational publisher in the UK, from 1976 until 1990, and Chairman from 1984. After leaving Longman, Tim continued with numerous high profile engagements within and around our industry. He was a director of Yale University Press and latterly Chair of Edinburgh University Press. Tim also served on the boards of the British Library and the British Council, had been Chair of Book Trust and of Book Aid International, and was active in the Independent Publishers Guild. His last engagement was as a director of Whittles Publishing, an independent publisher based in Caithness. Tim will be greatly missed by his many friends and colleagues in our industry. We offer our condolences to his wife, Gillian and to his family.

Aid Projects Alert October 2012

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In this month's issue, there are ten new projects and ten approvals.

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Publishers Association calls for detailed research in e-lending review

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Press Release London

London, 6 November 2012– In its response today to the Sieghart Review of e-lending, The PA welcomes the Review as bringing renewed focus to the on-going discussions between publishers and librarians.  It notes that publishers recognise the immense value of libraries and The PA’s member companies are keen to identify a range of sustainable solutions to support e-lending. 

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