09 May 2014
Dominic Knight of Palgrave succeeded Nick Fowler of Elsevier as Publishers Association (PA) President at the PA annual general meeting yesterday (8 May).
Joanna Prior of Penguin succeeded Knight as Vice-President. Past President Ursula Mackenzie is to remain on the Council for a further two years.
Prior is succeeded as Chair of the Trade Publishers Council by Jamie Byng of Canongate.
Fowler, in his outgoing address, pointed out the positive data in the PA Statistics Yearbook: a rise in the overall market in the past five years despite a 2% fall in 2013, and impressive digital growth. He and Knight both addressed the subject of workforce development (a film in which young people talk about their roles in the industry is on the PA website), and of continuing to emphasise the value of copyright protection. On copyright, PA CEO Richard Mollet reported a shift in Government thinking, towards acknowledgement of the value of IP protection. In Europe, there has been a great deal of lobbying, the effects of which may be seen in a European Commission white paper due in the middle of this year.
Other PA activities highlighted at the AGM and in the Association's annual report include the Reading for Pleasure campaign; continuing work on the development of Open Access models; the acceleration of take-down notices issued by the PA's Copyright Infringement Portal as well as the establishment of the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit; and the Showcasing Innovation programme, part of the PA's work in demonstrating that the publishing industry is at the forefront of innovation in a rapidly evolving economy.
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