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PA's PR 28th June 2017

PA's PR 28th June 2017

Since the last edition of PA's PR, audiobook publishers have launched the first #loveaudio week, the PA has hosted the UK stand at Seoul International Book Fair, and has started gathering data for its 2017 salary survey. Meanwhile there are still spaces available on the UK stands at the Guadalajara and Shanghai book fairs, the PA is getting ready to celebrate British IP Day next week and research from the National Literacy Trust has shown that children who enjoy writing do better in the classroom.


Love Audio campaign
The PA's audiobook publisher members launched the UK’s first #loveaudio week last week to showcase what makes this medium so special. The social media initiative celebrated the growing popularity of audiobooks - with new figures released ahead of the campaign showing one in ten people now listen to audiobooks. The week coincided Audio Book Month in the US and featured behind the scenes videos of audiobook production, clips of authors talking about the power of audio as well as samples and promotions designed to get more people engaged with the medium.

Seoul International Book Fair 2017
Earlier this month the PA organised a UK Stand at the Seoul International Book Fair for the first time, with Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) grants provided by DIT.  The event was well organised and held at the centrally located COEX centre providing a wide selection of hotels and restaurants for participants. As well as large number of local publishers and distributors, there were international exhibitors from France, the USA, Canada, Belgium, Ukraine, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and Turkey who was this year’s Guest of Honour. The companies exhibiting on the UK Stand reported good meetings and new contacts to follow up on.

Book salary survey has started gathering data for its 2017 salary survey. The survey analyses salaries from book publishers and literary agents based in the UK and Ireland who employ staff on a salary or a fixed term contract basis. The survey aims to help small and large publishers understand market rates for specific roles. According to, the salary survey has been particularly helpful at the entry and mid-level where there is less data about the book industry. The results will be published in September. The survey will close at Friday 28 July and can be filled out online here.

British IP Day
Next Wednesday will mark the second ever British IP Day, celebrating the contribution that Intellectual Property makes to the UK. To mark the day the Alliance for Intellectual Property is organising UK brand designers, artists, musicians, authors, publishers and designers to meet with their local MP and talk to them about the work they do and why their industry and creativity matters to help ensure MPs understand more about the value of IP and how they can support our work in the future. We will be celebrating the day by attending meetings with MPs next week with publishers and authors.

UK book fair stands
The PA, in partnership with the Department for International Trade, is organising a UK stand for the first five days at the Guadalajara International Book Fair 2017.  More than half the space has already been taken, but we do have a few places left. The PA and DIT are also organising a UK Pavilion at the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair. Ten companies have already booked stands but there are spaces available on the pavilion as well. DIT will be offering Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) grants to help SME’s for both fairs. For more information please email Gloria Bailey.

Writing for enjoyment
Children who enjoy writing and who write creatively outside of school do significantly better in the classroom, new research from the National Literacy Trust has shown. The report showed that children who enjoy writing outside school are seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age compared with children who don’t enjoy writing (23.2% vs 3.2%); and are twice as likely to write above the expected level for their age (19.3% vs 7.9%). However, despite these benefits, the report found that half of pupils say they do not enjoy writing outside of school. The full report can be read here.


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