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04 September 2020

Northern Fiction Alliance and Publishers Association team up for Autumn workshop series

In the third year of their ongoing partnership, the Northern Fiction Alliance and Publishers Association are joining forces for a series of online workshops designed to upskill and inspire small publishers. The three workshops will cover how to break into the audiobook market (23 September), maximise title visibility online (1 October), and hire a Publishing…

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28 July 2020

Digital driving 2019 growth in academic publishing

Liz Ferguson (VP Editorial Development at Wiley and Chair of our Academic Publishers Council) and Andrew Robinson (Director of Higher Education EMEA at Cengage Learning and Chair of our Higher & Further Education Publishers Council) write about the highlights and trends for academic and professional, higher and further education publishing in 2019. 2019 saw the…

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27 July 2020

Expanding global customer base shows the value of educational books

Jane Harley, UK Policy & Partnerships Director at Oxford University Press and Chair of our Education Publishers Council, writes about the highlights and trends for education publishing in 2019. In these challenging times, it is good to look back on 2019 and reflect on some of the positives. Our expanding global customer base demonstrates the…

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24 July 2020

2019 was another stellar year for consumer publishing

David Shelley, CEO of Hachette UK and Chair of our Consumer Publishers Council, writes about the highlights and trends for consumer publishing in 2019. 2019 was another stellar year for consumer publishing. Sales income was up 3.5% to almost £2bn and both print and digital formats saw increases. Taking a broader view, the picture remains…

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22 July 2020

Publishing is an ‘export powerhouse’

Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, writes about the importance of the UK’s publishing industry. At the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, we are incredibly proud of the UK’s publishing industry. It is fantastic to see that 2019 was its biggest year ever – with the industry growing by…

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22 July 2020

2019: A record-breaking year for publishing

Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association, reflects on 2019 and publishing’s response to the challenges that 2020 has brought. It’s a real pleasure to be able to share such a positive report on the state of publishing. Over the past year, the industry has not only shown itself to be resilient but to have…

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22 July 2020

2019 was the biggest year ever for UK publishing

The invoiced value of UK publisher sales of books, journals and rights/coeditions combined rose to £6.3bn in 2019, 4% higher than in 2018 and 20% higher than in 2015. The Publishers Association’s new figures show growth in both print and digital sales income. Exports remain crucial to the success of the industry, with export sales…

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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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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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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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