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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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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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