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PA's PR 1st March 2017

PA's PR 1st March 2017

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the government has moved to extend the Public Lending Right to remote e-lending, the PA has produced a market brief on the book market in Belarus and the programme of events for this year's Market Focus Poland has been released. Meanwhile World Book Day has launched a toolkit to help authors, publishers, librarians, illustrators and booksellers join in the celebrations, the PA has attended the Egmont Consumer Insight day and the Department for International Trade has detailed its programme at the London Book Fair.


PLR extended to remote e-lending
The Public Lending Right, which compensates authors for works loaned for free from public libraries, will be extended to remote e-lending via the Digital Economy Bill. This is an issue the PA has been working to resolve with DCMS and other interested parties (authors, agents, libraries and booksellers). The final wording includes requirements that the book must have been lawfully acquired by the library, and that the lending is in compliance with any purchase or licensing terms to which the book is subject. It therefore achieves our main objective which was to  ensure the commercial licence agreements publishers have with libraries were not jeopardised.

Belarus market brief
In preparation for the Minsk Book Fair in February, where the UK was Guest of Honour, the PA produced a market report on the book market in Belarus for the benefit of PA members. Seonaid MacLeod attended the fair on behalf of the PA, and her notes on the roundtable held during the event are included in this appraisal of the market. The market report includes an overview of the publishing industry in Belarus and shows that in 2015 UK publishers' direct sales of physical books to Belarus rose by 37.5% to £142,733 but remained below the previous high over the past five years of £477,866. Click here to find the brief. Members need to log in to access.

Market Focus Poland programme
The programme of events as part of this year's Market Focus Poland at the London Book Fair has now been released. The Cultural Programme, which has been curated by the British Council, will feature 12 of Poland's most prominent writers, including the Market Focus Author of the day Olga Tokarczuk. The Professional Programme, which is organised by the PA and LBF, will include a series events providing an insight into the Polish publishing industry, highlighting business opportunities and showcasing the market's importance to the international publishing industry. The full list of events can be found here

World Book Day toolkit
World Book Day has launched a toolkit designed to help authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians and booksellers join in the World Book Day celebrations this Thursday. The toolkit includes ideas for things they can share on social media and activities to do in their workplaces. The toolkit also contains key messages, a timeline of suggested Tweets and a list of assets which are available for everyone. World Book Day is also asking for publicists for the 2017 £1 book authors and illustrators to forward the toolkit onto them and encourage them to be as active as possible on their own Facebook and Twitter accounts. The toolkit can be downloaded here

Egmont Consumer Insight Day
The PA attended the Egmont Consumer Insight day which presented stats in collaboration with Nielsen showcasing the success of the children's book market. Encouraging statistics included a jump of 7% in the children's book market in 2016, which can mostly be attributed to the release of The Cursed Child. The figures also showed that print dominated the market, making up 93% of the sales. Perhaps surprisingly the Character market fell 12% year on year. What didn't change however was the dominance of the top 20 brands.The afternoon also highlighted the importance of bookstores for this market and the importance of reading to kids throughout their childhood.

DIT at London Book Fair
With the London Book Fair in two weeks, the Department for International Trade has detailed its programme at the fair. The department will be hosting buyers from Thailand, UAE, China and the USA and offering export advice to UK companies, including how to create an export plan. Members of the team will be onsite on Tuesday and Wednesday. Email Katie McGowan to book an advice session. DIT is also hosting seminars aimed at helping UK companies to do more business overseas. The sessions focus on doing business with India, USA, Indonesia, UAE and China and there will be a chance to network with speakers after each session. A full schedule is listed here


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Best Practices in Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board Review, 7 March 2017, Online

Developing Open Access and Hybrid Journals, 9 March 2017, London

Ebooks and the Academic Library Market, 9 - 10 March 2017, Charlotte

European Digital Publishing Professionals Summit 2017, 9-10 March 2017, Brussels

OEB - Technology Conference, 6-8 March 2017, Berlin

CAMEO Award Ceremony, 13 March 2017, London

London Book Fair, 14 - 16 March 2017, London

The Education Show, 16 - 18 March 2017, Birmingham

13th Berlin Open Access Conference, 21 - 22 March 2017, Berlin

Bologna Children's Book Fair, 3 - 6 April 2017, Bologna

UKSG 40th Annual Conference, 10-12 April 2017, Bournemouth

Managing Publishing Strategy, 9 May 2017, London

Commissioning and list management, 25 September 2017