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21 May 2020

An interview with our President, Annie Callanan

What inspired you to pursue a career in information technology and how have you ended up in publishing? My career started on Wall Street at an M&A firm that became not only a pioneer in the development of database technologies but a leading data publisher with an expanding focus on the strategic application of technology…

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15 May 2020

Peter Phillips on his year as President

Peter Phillips looks back on his year as President of the Publishers Association: It’s hard to believe that almost a year has passed since my appointment, but when I look back over that time, I am impressed by the scale of our achievements. When I spoke at the 2019 Annual General Meeting, I stressed the…

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15 May 2020

Publishing: A uniquely valuable industry

This speech was delivered by Annie Callanan at the Publishers Association’s Annual General Meeting which was held virtually on Thursday 14 May. Good evening! It is an absolute privilege to step into this role as President of the Publishers Association and to share some thoughts with everyone here today. I would first like to express…

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15 May 2020

Annie Callanan becomes President of the Publishers Association

Annie Callanan, CEO of Taylor & Francis, has been elected as the new President of the Publishers Association. Annie succeeds Peter Phillips, CEO of Cambridge University Press, who remains an Officer of the Publishers Association.   The Presidency transferred at the Publishers Association’s Annual General Meeting, which was held virtually, yesterday (Thursday, 14 May 2020). David…

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27 April 2020

Publishers Association launches #MyThreeBooks campaign

Celebrate reading with #MyThreeBooks. From today join the #MyThreeBooks campaign by sharing a book you loved as a child, a book you love right now, and a book you can’t wait to read. We believe that publishers have an important role to play in keeping people entertained, educated and informed while they socially distance by…

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24 April 2020

Publishers Association’s five government asks for pandemic support

The Publishers Association shares its key asks for the government in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the books industry – booksellers, authors and freelancers have all seen their work significantly disrupted. Publishers are facing incredibly difficult decisions about…

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25 March 2020

Publishers Association unveils major brand redesign

The Publishers Association has today unveiled its new brand and website. The vibrant new logo, icon and colour scheme have been chosen to reflect the creativity and dynamism of the publishing industry. The launch stage of the website will be followed by further content and features, including an enhanced members’ area. Ruth Howells, Deputy Director…

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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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16 March 2020

Brexit: all eyes are now on the trade deals

Dan Conway, Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association, looks at the importance of trade deals in Brexit negotiations and how various scenarios could affect the UK publishing industry. The UK book industry has reacted with resilience to the regulatory and political uncertainty of recent years. The Publishers Association’s latest market statistics indicate that…

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11 March 2020

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

Following the announcement that VAT 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?

Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association, looks at whether the Government will decide to axe the reading tax and make digital VAT history this week: 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…

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05 March 2020

Prime Minister celebrates World Book Day at 10 Downing Street

No.10 Downing Street has joined the celebrations for World Book Day 2020, hosting thirty school children from Southwark to help ‘Share a Million Stories’ and celebrate reading for pleasure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and children from Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark for the event this week. Cressida Cowell…

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03 March 2020

APPG for Publishing calls on Government to protect and respect gold-standard copyright regime

The Government should make protecting the UK’s gold-standard copyright regime a top priority. Intellectual Property laws that are fit for purpose must be pre-requisites for all future UK trade deals, finds a report released today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Publishing. The APPG, chaired by Andrew Lewer MBE MP, makes a number of…

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27 February 2020

Parliamentary Book Awards 2019 winners revealed

James O’Brien, Rachel Reeves and Ian Murray beat David Cameron, Jess Philips and Melvyn Bragg to take home awards. Eclectic winning titles shine light on the pioneering women of Parliament, the nuances of modern political debate and football fandom. London. 26 February 2020: James O’Brien, Rachel Reeves and Ian Murray were announced as the winners…

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20 February 2020

Catriona MacLeod Stevenson joins Publishers Association as General Counsel

The Publishers Association has appointed Catriona MacLeod Stevenson to the role of General Counsel. Catriona has over 13 years’ experience in advising copyright and brand owners on wide-ranging legal issues. She joins the Publishers Association from the legal team at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the trade association which represents the global recorded…

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13 February 2020

Publishers Association comment on UKRI’s Open Access proposals

Today UK Research and Innovation launched its public consultation into its new Open Access policy. Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association, said: “Publishers support expanding Open Access for publicly-funded research. The best way to achieve greater openness is through a partnership involving researchers, funders, publishers and the wider academic community and we have repeatedly…

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