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20 March 2020

Publishers Association comment on coronavirus

Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association said: “The escalation of the coronavirus situation is causing a range of very significant challenges across publishing businesses. We are doing everything we can to support the industry at this extraordinarily difficult time. We have established a page on our website and are issuing regular member briefings. We…

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11 March 2020

Publishers Association’s comment on Reading Tax being axed in the 2020 Budget

Following the announcement that tax on digital books, journals and newspapers will be zero-rated from 1 December 2020, find our comment below. Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association said: “We are delighted that the Government has decided to zero-rate VAT on digital books and journals in the Budget. It’s fantastic that the Chancellor has…

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11 March 2020

Will digital VAT be history?

By Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association. As the UK’s new chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, delivers the Government’s long-awaited Budget today, the UK publishing industry will be watching and listening closely for an announcement about zero-rating VAT on digital books. Will the tax anomaly between print and digital…

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07 December 2018

Bookselling and Publishing Industry joins together to publish new Commitment to Professional Behaviour

The first Industry Commitment to Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing (published today, 7 December 2018) has been created and endorsed by The Association of Authors’ Agents, The Booksellers Association, The Publishers Association and The Society of Authors. Download the Industry Commitment to Professional Behaviour in Bookselling and Publishing. The Principles laid out in the…

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12 November 2018

New research outlines ‘integral role’ of academic publishing in UK

Academic publishing plays an integral role in the research and innovation ecosystem, according to independent research released today. The report, by Frontier Economics, sets out publishing’s contribution to the innovation cycle, incorporating existing research with stakeholder views. It finds that without the highly specialised and time-intensive tasks carried out by UK academic publishers, innovation may…

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22 October 2018

Outdated tax on digital publications costs £210 million a year and stunts growth

Axing VAT on digital publications could save UK consumers up to £210million and raise demand for epublications, according to new independent research released today that finds “a strong case” for zero-rating. UK readers currently pay 20% more in VAT for ebooks, ejournals, digital magazines and online newspaper subscriptions than their identical printed equivalents, which have…

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19 July 2018

Value of UK publishing industry increases 5% to £5.7bn

Published Thursday 19th July 2018. The UK publishing industry had a record-breaking year in 2017, with income up 5% to £5.7bn, according to new figures released today by the Publishers Association. The industry is already the number one exporter of books in the world and export income rose a further 8% to £3.4bn in 2017,…

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10 July 2018

Film, TV and theatre adaptations of books attract more revenue, viewers and critical acclaim

The UK publishing industry significantly increases the commercial and cultural value of film, television and theatre productions, acting as the foundation of the UK’s £92bn creative industries sector. Research launched today produced by Frontier Economics for the Publishers Association demonstrates the contribution of publishing to the wider creative industries. The Contribution of Publishing to the Wider…

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25 May 2018

Government must support cut to tax on reading and learning

Publishers have today called for the UK government to support new powers that would allow VAT to be removed on ebooks, audio books and online newspaper and magazine subscriptions in the UK. At a European Union meeting today (Friday), Finance ministers will discuss new proposals that would allow all member states to reduce the amount…

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10 April 2018

The Publishers Association launches a blueprint for UK publishing

The Publishers Association launches A Blueprint for UK Publishing with 10 priorities for government at The London Book Fair. The UK Government must be steadfast in its support for ‘gold standard’ intellectual property rights and radical in its commitment to promoting digital if the £7.8bn UK publishing industry is to make the most of global…

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04 December 2017

UK publishing sector ‘star export and productivity performer’

New independent research has shown that the British publishing industry generates up to £7.8bn GVA for the wider UK economy and supports more than 70,000 jobs in direct, indirect and induced impact. The Contribution of the Publishing Industry to the UK Economy – produced by Frontier Economics for the Publishers Association and to be launched…

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15 September 2017

Publishers Association launches 10 point inclusivity action plan

The Publishers Association has today announced a new 10 point industry-wide action plan to tackle inclusivity within the industry’s workforce to ensure publishers better reflect the UK population. This plan includes a new commitment to undertake an industry wide survey of the workforce of UK publishing houses, which will be published on an annual basis.…

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21 August 2017

Publishers Association comments on censorship in China

Responding to reports that Cambridge University Press has received instruction to block certain journal articles within China, Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association said: “All publishers operating in China face restrictions. They are required to work through Chinese partners and comply through those partners with local law to be allowed to do so,…

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04 August 2017

Publishers Association Internship

By Eliza Kavanagh, Campaigns Executive for the Publishers Association. The Publishers Association is the UK’s leading representative body for the publishing industry. Publishers pay an annual membership fee in exchange for services and a unified voice in government and the media. Our work covers a broad range of activity — from fighting piracy to removing…

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24 July 2017

Publishers Association appoints Emma House as Deputy Chief Executive

The Publishers Association announced today that Emma House has been promoted as its new Deputy Chief Executive. Emma House has worked at the Publishers Association as Director of Publisher Relations for more than eight years. During this time she has run the Publishers Association’s Boards across all areas of the publishing industry, liaised with external…

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