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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

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

Dan Conway, Director of External Affairs at the Publishers Association, looks at the importance of trade deals in Brexit negotiations and how various scenarios could affect the UK publishing industry. 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…

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11 March 2020

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

Following the announcement that VAT 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?

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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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

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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