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09 February 2017

LBF International Excellence Awards 2017: SHORTLIST REVEALED

The shortlist for The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2017 has been announced, with France leading the way with four nominations and China, USA, South Africa and Canada not far behind with three each.   The awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA) and sponsored by Hytex, celebrate excellence…

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02 February 2017

Guest blog: Why publishing matters

By Max Porter, Author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers It is hard not to feel conflicted about publishing. Feeling conflicted is healthy. In this current global crisis some thoughts of futility are inevitable. What’s the point of publishing books now? What does any of this mean, these novels, these picture books, these text…

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27 January 2017

Guest Blog: Academic publishing is my vocation

By  Brendan George, Publisher and Global Head of Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan What makes someone want to be an academic publisher? Is it possible for academic publishing to be a vocation? Or is always ‘just a job’ or at best a career?  There is no single answer to this question; different editors have different motivations, no doubt.  But…

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26 January 2017

Guest blog: Publishing Shakespeare

By Sarah Stanton, Shakespeare Publisher, Cambridge University Press When people ask me what my job is, and I reply that I publish the Shakespeare list at Cambridge University Press, they often look puzzled, ‘Don’t we know all the plays already?’ or ‘What is there new to say about Shakespeare?’ Sometimes people assume that the only…

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24 January 2017

Career Spotlight: Taylor & Francis

Ben Denne, Editorial Director, Humanities, Media & Arts Books, Taylor & Francis I am currently the Editorial director for Humanities, Media and Arts Books at Taylor & Francis. I manage a team of commissioning editors who are signing books across all of the subjects within these fields. The breadth of the subjects and markets my…

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23 January 2017

Guest blog: The future of the academic book

By Niels Peter Thomas, Chief Book Strategist, Springer Nature  Monday 23 January 2017. Commercial publishers handle the majority of all published academic books. And while we continue to work like companies, while we are part of the interplay between supply and demand, at the same time we view ourselves as part of the academic community,…

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17 January 2017

Brexit speech: What it means for publishing

Theresa May’s Brexit speech: What it means for publishing By Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association Over the past six months we have all become familiar with the Prime Minister’s mantra that ‘Brexit means Brexit’. While this phrase has been derided in some quarters, it has served its purpose, which was to sensibly…

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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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23 November 2016

Parliamentary Book Awards Shortlist Unveiled

22 November 2016 Political heavyweights Ken Clarke, Alan Johnson and Margaret Hodge join broadcaster Jeremy Paxman and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on the shortlists for the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards, the only book awards for parliamentarians, voted for by parliamentarians. Launched by the Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association, the awards aim to…

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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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14 October 2016

Parliamentary Book Awards launched

The Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association are holding a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons to highlight the contribution made by the book and publishing industries to the economy and society.  The evening will culminate in the presentation of the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards, three new awards celebrating the best work of fiction…

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13 October 2016

Speakers announced for Building Inclusivity In Publishing conference

The Publishers Association and The London Book Fair’s Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference (15 November) has announced Crystal Mahey-Morgan, founder of story-telling brand OWN IT!, and Robyn Travis, author of Mama Can’t Raise No Man, as keynote conference speakers. Alongside the keynote speakers will be some of the biggest names in publishing including speakers from…

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14 September 2016

Publishers Association comments on EU copyright reform proposals

Commenting on the publication today of the Commission’s copyright reform package, Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, said: “This is a sensible set of proposals which recognises the role of both publisher and author within the copyright framework. “In a number of areas such as education and text and data mining the Commission…

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