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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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15 January 2018

Data and publishing: helping you prepare for GDPR

By William Bowes, Director of Policy & General Counsel Login with your PA username and password to view the GDPR toolkit. Data is an increasingly essential tool for all of us involved in the world of publishing. It helps us manage our people, maintain our rights, liaise with authors, get our products and services to…

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10 July 2017

Publishers Association appoints new General Counsel and Director of Policy

The Publishers Association announced today that William Bowes would be its new General Counsel and Director of Policy. William will join the Publishers Association from Cambridge University Press later this year, where he is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary, a position he has held since 2011. He has a particular speciality in copyright and…

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11 April 2017

Transcript: Charles Clark Memorial Lecture April 2017

The Charles Clark Memorial Lecture is the annual Copyright Keynote Lecture at The London Book Fair, Olympia. This year it took place at 16.00–17.30 on Wednesday 15th March 2017. The lecture addressed the compromise between exclusive rights and reasonable “fair uses” in the digital age, by two experts on the Fair Use doctrine. Judge Pierre…

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02 December 2016

Why we launched the Textbook Challenge

By Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association Last week the Publishers Association launched a challenge: for every school child in England to have access to textbooks in the main subjects. At a time when teachers are struggling under heavy and sometimes unmanageable workloads, textbooks not only offer a way to reduce the amount of…

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25 November 2016

Survey finds 63% of teachers could make more use of textbooks

An independent survey released today by the Publishers Association, shows that 63% of primary and secondary teachers in English schools could be making more use of textbooks, while one in five don’t use them at all. This is despite the fact that the survey also showed that more than 90% of teachers say they believe…

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15 November 2016

Tackling the reading challenge together

Joanna Prior, Chair of the Publishers Association’s Reading for Pleasure Group and MD of Penguin General Today the Publishers Association is one of a consortium of organisations putting its name to a new strategy paper that seeks to ensure that every child in this country can read well by the time they leave primary school…

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03 August 2016

Publishing industry remains confident post-Brexit

3 August 2016 More than 70% of publishers remain committed to their business investment plans despite Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, a survey of UK publishing houses by the Publishers Association has found. The survey also identified key priorities for the industry going forward which included ensuring a strong government commitment to copyright…

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10 May 2016

UK-China Copyright Week

By Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations 10.05.2016   The PA was privileged to have been part of the recent UK-China Copyright Week in China in which the publishing industry played a key role in a series of activities led by Dr Ros Lynch, Director of Copyright and Enforcement of the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).…

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18 April 2016

Stephen Lotinga: the first 100 days

Stephen Lotinga, 11 April 2016 Approaching my 100th day at The Publishers Association offers an opportune moment to share my first impressions of the job and to set out some priorities for the future. In politics, where I’ve spent much of my working life, the 100-day milestone is often seen as a bellwether for future…

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08 April 2016

New Export Figures Show Global Reach of UK Publishing Industry

8th April 2016 New figures released today by The Publishers Association show the international demand of UK published material and how educational publishing remains the powerhouse of the UK publishing industry’s export business.    Total export revenues were £1.42 billion in 2015 but a combination of education, academic and ELT (English Language Training) accounted for…

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01 April 2016

PA to recruit 10,000 Reading Ambassadors by 2020 to boost literacy

1st April 2016   The Publishers Association is today calling on members of the public to share their love of reading by volunteering to become Reading Ambassadors in their local communities. The new initiative is designed to encourage volunteers to undertake a range of activities to promote more reading for pleasure, from starting a book group…

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04 February 2016

UK Publishing: 2016 and Beyond

Joanna Prior, President of the Publishers Association 02/02/2016 UK publishing is in rude health.  It is currently worth £4.3bn to the UK economy, of which well over a third is now coming from digital sales – proof that our industry has adapted and embraced the digital disruption of the last decade.  Encouragingly, the physical book…

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