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PA's PR 8th February 2017

PA's PR 8th February 2017

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the PA has announced speakers for this year's copyright keynote event at the London Book Fair - the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture, the shortlist for the LBF International Excellence Awards has been released and entries for the Creative Across Media: Excellence & Originality (CAMEO) awards are now open. Meanwhile analysis from Experian and the National Literacy Trust has highlighted the extent of the literacy crisis in England, the Reading Agency has published six new Quick Read titles for adults who are less confident in their reading skills and the IPA is calling for nominations for its freedom to publish award.


Charles Clark Memorial Lecture
Judge Pierre Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who has been a major architect of the Fair Use doctrine in the US, and intellectual property lawyer and former General Counsel for the US Copyright Office Jon Baumgarten (pictured left) will be giving this year's Charles Clark Lecture at the London Book Fair on March 15 from 16.00-18.30. The debate will analyse the development of Fair Use and examine arguments in favour of and against its expansion. The debate will be moderated by BBC business reporter Peter Day. To register please email quoting CCML Lecture.

London Book Fair: awards & events
The shortlist for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2017 has been announced, with France leading the way with four nominations and China, USA, South Africa and Canada not far behind with three each. The awards will be presented on Tuesday 15 March in the Conference Centre, Olympia. Meanwhile the PA will be hosting three seminars at the LBF: on the impact of Brexit on publishers, on international copyright law and on making books accessible. A list of the events the PA is involved at LBF can be found here. See herefor a series of export related seminars and events that the LBF and PA have teamed up with DIT to run.

CAMEO Awards: call for entries
The PA and London Book & Screen Week are calling for entries for the Creative Across Media: Excellence & Originality (CAMEO) awards, which celebrates the role books play as an inspiration for plays, films, TV and games. The deadline is Monday 20 February. Judges will be looking for demonstration of quality and success across a range of factors, including sales, reviews, and press coverage. Entries are open to anyone who has been involved in the original or transformed entity, such as publishers, producers, directors or authors. It is open to any film, TV, game, app or stage production released in the UK between 13 March 2015 to 13 March 2017. Enter here.

National Literacy Trust report
New analysis from the National Literacy Trust and credit referencing agency Experian shows that the vast majority of England’s constituencies (86%) contain at least one ward with “serious literacy issues”. Their analysis also found that literacy issues are intensely localised. Although there are clear hot spots where literacy levels are particularly low, the analysis shows that low literacy levels are not restricted to regions with low income, unemployment and social deprivation. Out of 458 constituencies in England, just 75 had no serious literacy issues. Inner cities and their surrounding areas were found to be in most need of literacy support. 

Quick Reads titles published
The Reading Agency has published six new Quick Reads titles. The books are specially designed to be easy to read,  and are shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. The new titles are: Dead Simple crime anthology (Orion); Looking for Captain Poldark by Rowan Coleman (Ebury); A Very Distant Shore by Jenny Colgan (Little Brown); The Other Side of You by Amanda Craig (Little Brown); Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers (Ebury); and One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Hodder). Click here for more information about Quick Reads and the new titles.

IPA Prix Voltaire award
The International Publishers Association is calling for nominations for its freedom to publish award - the 2017 IPA Prix Voltaire. The prize, formerly known as the Freedom to Publish prize, carries a cash prize of 10,000 Swiss franks (£7.990). Last year the award was given to the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. Nominations are open until 7 April. According to the IPA nominees will have recently published controversial works amid pressure, threats, intimidation or harassment or will be publishers with a distinguished record of many years spend upholding the freedom to publish and freedom of expression. For more information about the award click here.

Aid Projects Alert January 2017
In this month’s issue there are four new projects and five approvals.


Researcher to Reader conference, 20 & 21 February 2017, London

How to Build a Successful Open Access Books Programme, 22 February 2017, London

Practical plans for improving journal success, 23 February 2017, London

Introduction to Journals Publishing, 1 March 2017, London

World Book Day, 2 March 2017

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

OEB - Technology Conference, 6-8 December 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 39th Annual Conference, 11-13 April 2017, Bournemouth

Commissioning and list management, 25 September 2017