Membership Fees

For any questions about membership subscriptions, application, renewals and benefits, please contact us. Please read the membership criteria below before you apply.


Membership of the Publishers Association is open to any business which the Council deems to be a bona fide publisher of books, journals, ebooks, or audiobooks in the United Kingdom.

Subscriptions must be paid on the total applicable turnover for the business, as defined below and including all publishing businesses acquired in the previous year.

Subscription fees are scaled according to your turnover and calculated as either a fixed (Bands 1-3) or variable rate (Bands 4-5a). Variable rates include a fixed minimum fee plus a rate per £1,000 of turnover above the bottom of the band.

We offer journal publishers with a turnover of over £9 million an attractive 35% discount on their journal turnover portion.

Subscriptions are for a term of 12 months. For publishers in Bands 1-3, membership is for 12 months from the date of joining. For publishers in Bands 4-5a, membership is from 1st January to 31st December or pro rata if joining during the calendar year.

Bands 1-3 can use the online form to apply. For Bands 4-5a, please contact us. You will be asked to provide a sample publication and a current catalogue or intended publishing programme in the UK.

All subscriptions are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

BandTurnoverSubscription (excl VAT) Rate per £1,000 turnover over bottom of band
1aUp to £250k £250n/a
1b£250,001 – £500,000£495n/a
1c£500,001 – £1,000,000£995n/a
1d£1,000,001 – £2.5m £1,995n/a
2Over £2.5m£3,085n/a
3Over £4.5m£5,145n/a
4Over £9m£14,740 plus £0.945 per £1,000 over £9 million and pro rata
5Over £18m£23,257plus £0.675 per £1,000 over £18 million and pro rata
5aOver £34m£34,072plus £0.460 per £1,000 over £34 million and pro rata

Membership of the Publishers Association is open to businesses which the Council deems to be bona fide publishers of books, journals, ebooks, or audiobooks in the United Kingdom. When considering applications for membership, the Council is required to satisfy itself that the following criteria have been met:

  • The applicant should be engaged in the United Kingdom in the business of commissioning, producing and issuing original works of copyright in a form and quantity suitable for sale to the general public;
  • The applicant by virtue of its business practice must be deemed to be more than just a subsidy or vanity publisher;
  • The applicant must have an office in the United Kingdom; and
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate that the United Kingdom market is a principal or significant focus of the applicant’s publishing activities.

Cessation of membership
A member in Bands 4-5a who has not notified the Publishers Association in writing by 30 September of the preceding year of its wish to resign from the Association remains liable for the coming year’s subscription.

Consolidation of turnover
Publishers in the same group (as defined for accounting purposes in the Finance Acts) are entitled to consolidate their turnover for subscription purposes. When subscriptions are consolidated in this way, only the company which pays the subscription is entitled to vote at a general meeting or election.

Membership of publishing groups
Our Memorandum and Articles of Association provide that, except as determined otherwise by the Council in any particular case, all the associated parts of any company or group which the Council considers to be under common control, and which are eligible for membership, must be in membership of the Publishers Association. In exercising its discretion under this paragraph, the Council normally requires that companies which are required to consolidate their accounts by the appropriate legislation shall be regarded as being under common control, but exceptions may be made for companies in a group that do not have common management links between them.

Financial year for subscription purposes
For subscription purposes, the financial year in respect of which turnover must be declared is the member’s accounting year that terminated during the twelve months up to September of the previous year for Bands 2 to 5a and the closest financial year for those in Band 1.

Subscriptions are liable to VAT at the standard rate.

Publishing businesses acquired in the previous year should be included in the total turnover declared.

For the purpose of calculating your subscription, the turnover that must be declared includes all publishing revenue associated with the company. This includes, but is not limited to, the following categories:

  • Book sales: Home and export sales by member companies (including sales to overseas officers and agents and subsidiary companies) of all physical books, ebooks, and downloadable audio, including book and/or printed sheet sales to book clubs, apps, serialisations, remainders, and all other special sales.
  • Royalty and subsidiary rights income: This includes the publisher’s share of all income deriving from royalty and subsidiary rights of a physical book, ebook, or downloadable audio.
  • Net income from digital platforms, databases, and research services: To include revenues derived from platforms and databases as well as analytical services such as text and data mining.
  • Scholarly, academic, or professional journals or articles: For subscription purposes, a journal or article is defined as one that exists mainly to peer review and publish the results of original research, discussion, analytical papers, and associated materials for an academic, professional, technical, or scholarly readership. Not everything it will publish will be peer reviewed.


Membership is open to non-publishers through our Associate Membership. Find out more.

The annual subscription for Associate Membership is based upon business turnover. All fees exclusive of VAT. Membership is for a term of 12-months. Membership is continuing unless 60 days’ notice is given in writing or via email of intention of resigning from membership.

< £50k*£100.00
£50k – £250k£250.00
£250k – £1m£995.00
£1m – £5m£1,995.00
£5m <£2,995.00

*For individuals only. Individuals with a turnover of more than £50k are requested to apply for the higher membership bracket.