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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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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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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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