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02 December 2019

Publishers fully committed to Open Access transition

Academic publishers want to make the transition to Open Access (OA) a reality as comprehensively and rapidly as possible and see transformative agreements as vital to this process, according to a new independent report published today. The report, authored by Dr Michael Jubb, emphasises the integral role agreements between academic publishers and institutions will play…

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04 November 2019

DATE CHANGE: Parliamentary Book Awards 2019

Ceremony to take place in February 2020 The Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association have announced that the Parliamentary Book Awards – the only book award curated by bookshops and voted on by parliamentarians – has been postponed and will now take place on Wednesday 26th February 2020.  The award ceremony for the Parliamentary Book…

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24 July 2019

Interview with Supadu

Supadu builds websites and online shops for publishers of all sizes, worldwide. They work with university presses, trade publishers, academic and educational publishers. Supadu is offering Publishers Association members an offer of a £500 gift voucher which can be used against any of their products or services. Our first question – can you tell us…

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10 June 2019

First publishing apprenticeship launched

The Publishing Assistant apprenticeship standard, the first of its kind to cater specifically to the publishing industry, is now available to employers. Confirmed publishers who will be taking on Publishing Assistant apprentices in the first cohort, starting in September 2019, include: Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, DK, Pearson, Penguin Random House and Springer Nature. The training…

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10 June 2019

Consumers embrace audio for reading on the go

Convenience is key for audiobook listeners as the format becomes a ready alternative to print, according to Kantar.  The survey by Kantar, commissioned by the PA, has investigated the reading habits of UK book buyers. These findings have been released for Love Audio Week, the third annual celebration of audiobooks, which takes place from 10th…

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05 November 2018

Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference 2018 Line-Up Announced

Author Kerry Hudson and ITN’s Priscilla Baffour to Deliver Keynote Speeches 27 November 2018, Coin Street Conference Centre The London Book Fair and the Publishers Association have announced the line-up of speakers who will take part in the Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference on 27 November 2018. Kerry Hudson, author of LOWBORN, and Priscilla Baffour,…

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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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08 October 2018

Parliamentary Book Awards

Published on Monday 8th October 2018. The Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association are delighted to announce that the Parliamentary Book Awards – the only book award curated by bookshops and voted on by parliamentarians – is returning this year, with submissions opening to all UK publishers from today. The awards will be presented at…

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03 October 2018

Entries open for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2019

The London Book Fair (LBF), in association with the Publishers Association, has opened online submissions for it’s sixth International Excellence Awards. The awards celebrate publishing success in 16 categories representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. Awards are given to companies and individuals across the world and across sectors,…

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02 October 2018

EU vote paves way for UK removal of tax on reading and learning

Publishers have today called for the UK government to use new powers that would allow VAT to be removed on ebooks, audio books and online newspaper and magazine subscriptions in the UK.  At the Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting in Brussels today a longstanding proposal was approved that would allow all member states in the EU…

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31 July 2018

Members of the Northern Fiction Alliance join the Publishers Association

Published Tuesday 31st July 2018 Eight members of publishing collective the Northern Fiction Alliance (NFA) have joined the Publishers Association for the first time. The NFA was founded in 2016 by four of the UK’s leading independent publishers – Manchester’s Comma Press, Leeds’ Peepal Tree Press, Liverpool’s Dead Ink Books, and Sheffield’s And Other Stories.…

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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 May 2018

Young Stationers’ Awards open for nominations

Applications for the 2018 Young Stationers’ Prize and five Young Stationers’ Awards are now open Now in its fifth year, the Prize recognises someone under 40 who demonstrates noteworthy success in their career; how they have made an outstanding contribution to the sector in which they are working; or achieved success outside their immediate world…

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27 April 2018

Round-up: The London Book Fair 2018

The Publishers Association, as ever, had a busy Fair—from social mobility to copyright, from rights fairs to award ceremonies — we could be found in all corners of Olympia supporting members, speaking for the industry and building relationships with visiting officials. This year, we hosted a number of high-profile attendees to the Fair, including Baroness…

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14 March 2018

Piracy, privacy and the Digital Charter

By William Bowes, Director of Policy & General Counsel The UK government recently launched its Digital Charter, designed to make the UK a great place to operate and innovate in the digital space, while managing the risks associated with the internet. The charter will see new norms established and rules drawn up over the course of the next few years, aimed at making the internet work for…

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