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15 May 2020

Annie Callanan becomes President of the Publishers Association

Annie Callanan, CEO of Taylor & Francis, has been elected as the new President of the Publishers Association. Annie succeeds Peter Phillips, CEO of Cambridge University Press, who remains an Officer of the Publishers Association.   The Presidency transferred at the Publishers Association’s Annual General Meeting, which was held virtually, yesterday (Thursday, 14 May 2020). David…

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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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20 March 2020

Publishers Association comment on coronavirus

Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association said: “The escalation of the coronavirus situation is causing a range of very significant challenges across publishing businesses. We are doing everything we can to support the industry at this extraordinarily difficult time. We have established a page on our website and are issuing regular member briefings. We…

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16 March 2020

Brexit: all eyes are now on the trade deals

By Dan Conway, Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association The UK book industry has reacted with resilience to the regulatory and political uncertainty of recent years. The Publishers Association’s latest market statistics indicate that the industry revenue from books, journals and rights sales has grown since the 2016 referendum, now totalling £6bn (roughly…

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11 March 2020

Publishers Association’s comment on Reading Tax being axed in the 2020 Budget

Following the announcement that tax on digital books, journals and newspapers will be zero-rated from 1 December 2020, find our comment below. Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association said: “We are delighted that the Government has decided to zero-rate VAT on digital books and journals in the Budget. It’s fantastic that the Chancellor has…

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11 March 2020

Will digital VAT be history?

By Ruth Howells, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association. 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 closely for an announcement about zero-rating VAT on digital books. Will the tax anomaly between print and digital…

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05 March 2020

Prime Minister celebrates World Book Day at 10 Downing Street

No.10 Downing Street has joined the celebrations for World Book Day 2020, hosting thirty school children from Southwark to help ‘Share a Million Stories’ and celebrate reading for pleasure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and children from Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark for the event this week. Cressida Cowell…

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03 March 2020

APPG for Publishing calls on Government to protect and respect gold-standard copyright regime

The Government should make protecting the UK’s gold-standard copyright regime a top priority. Intellectual Property laws that are fit for purpose must be pre-requisites for all future UK trade deals, finds a report released today by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Publishing. The APPG, chaired by Andrew Lewer MBE MP, makes a number of…

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27 February 2020

Parliamentary Book Awards 2019 winners revealed

James O’Brien, Rachel Reeves and Ian Murray beat David Cameron, Jess Philips and Melvyn Bragg to take home awards. Eclectic winning titles shine light on the pioneering women of Parliament, the nuances of modern political debate and football fandom. London. 26 February 2020: James O’Brien, Rachel Reeves and Ian Murray were announced as the winners…

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20 February 2020

Catriona MacLeod Stevenson joins Publishers Association as General Counsel

The Publishers Association has appointed Catriona MacLeod Stevenson to the role of General Counsel. Catriona has over 13 years’ experience in advising copyright and brand owners on wide-ranging legal issues. She joins the Publishers Association from the legal team at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the trade association which represents the global recorded…

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13 February 2020

Publishers Association comment on UKRI’s Open Access proposals

Today UK Research and Innovation launched its public consultation into its new Open Access policy. Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association, said: “Publishers support expanding Open Access for publicly-funded research. The best way to achieve greater openness is through a partnership involving researchers, funders, publishers and the wider academic community and we have repeatedly…

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17 January 2020

Shortlist for 2019 Parliamentary Book Awards revealed

David Cameron, Jess Phillips, Melvyn Bragg and James O’Brien are among those on the shortlist for the 2019 Parliamentary Book Awards, the only political book awards voted for by parliamentarians. Launched by the Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association in 2016, the annual awards champion the best of political writing and celebrate the link between…

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17 December 2019

Children’s Winter Reading List

The Publishers Association are delighted to present its Children’s Winter Reading List for parliamentarians. The Children’s Winter Reading List is a collection of books for children and young adults, nominated by members of the Publishers Association. All the titles are either festively themed, or perfect for reading over the colder months both before, during and…

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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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27 November 2019

Children’s book illustrator Nicola Kent donates books to Whittington Hospital

Picture book author and illustrator Nicola Kent has donated £500 worth of children’s books to the Play Service at London’s Whittington Hospital today, as part of her award prize as the Independent Booksellers’ Best New Illustrator. The prize, organised by the Publishers Association and voted for by independent booksellers, was awarded to Nicola earlier this…

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