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PA's PR 2nd March

PA's PR 2nd March


Publishing Mourns the Loss of Two Greats

The PA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Simon Read and Nicholas Esson.

Simon Read passed away on February 18th 2015.  The Global Business Development Director of Education for Cambridge University Press died at home after four years of battling cancer.  Simon gave very generously of his time, expertise and good humour to The PA, as a member of EPC Board, Kettner’s and the Africa Working Party.  His experience with industry covered a wide range of global markets and education media, from setting up a new business for Macmillan in Zambia through time with Nelson Thornes as a maths and science publisher to ten years with CUP most recently. 

Nicholas Esson died at his home on February 20th 2015. Nicholas worked in academic book publishing for nearly 40 years and made a tremendous contribution to the industry. He was the founder and Marketing Director of UCL Press and had worked previously for Allen & Unwin and Van Nostrand Reinhold in a wide range of sales and marketing roles. He also founded Combined Academic Publishers in 1998, and latterly advised on business strategy as Chairman of the Board. Both Simon and Nicholas will be missed and the PA’s thoughts are with their families.

The Case for Copyright Reform

In light of discussions in Europe regarding the creation of a Digital Single Market, the issue of copyright reform continues to be vehemently debated.  The Commission’s pro reform sentiments have been most recently advocated in Andrus Ansip’s keynote speech at the #Digital4EU Forum.  The PA’s CEO Richard Mollet explores the need for clear and coherent evidence in his latest blog post

Market Research & Statistics

The February issue of Aid Projects alert is now available. In this issue there are nine new projects, 14 approvals and one tender. The issue can be found here.



PIPCU diverts copyright infringement stream

The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has usedTwitter to highlight the fact that it has diverted over 9.1 million views from copyright infringing sites to the PIPCU warning page over a period of ten months.  This warning page lets the user know that the website is under criminal investigation and advises them where legal content can be found. 

Setting the Standard for Editorial Skills in the Digital Age

The Publishing Training Centre (PTC) is set to launch two new classroom courses designed to fully equip editors with the publishing skills they need in the digital age. PTC has created Introduction to Editorial Skills and Progress in Editorial Skills which will first provide delegates with the basic skills in proof-reading and copy-editing, and then allow them to develop further giving confidence when dealing with tricky editorial challenges. The courses are relevant to anyone who is working on material which will be printed digitally and will be launched with first outings in spring 2015 in London. For further information please contact Becky Hunter.


‘What do I get?’ - HEPI’s first book

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published its first book,‘What do I get?’ Ten essays on student fees, student engagement and student choiceContributions come from older and newer universities, alternative providers and new low-cost higher education providers, showing how universities arespending tuition fees, how their strategies have changed since £9,000 fees were introduced in England and how much diversity exists beneath the standard fee cap.  HEPI Director Nick Hillman points out that students, universities and policymakers all benefit from knowing where fees go, and hopes the book will encourage debate around fees, funding and legislation.


Creative Access Places 300th Intern

The PA is delighted to hear that Creative Access has placed their 300th intern. The charity organisation, which was founded in 2012, aims to increase diversity in the creative industries by providing paid internship opportunities to young graduates from under-represented BAME backgrounds. Book publishing is one of the most popular sectors through which Creative Access have now placed 54 interns and a further six have been placed in literary agencies.

Reading for Pleasure

Cityread London yesterday launched their 2015 title, Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, at a House of Lords reception hosted by Lord Tope. Cityread is an annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across all 33 London boroughs in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues. Also coming in November, Young Cityread, in partnership with NLT and CLPE. For more information about Rivers of Blood and the Cityread scheme click here.

The Summer Reading Challenge 2015

The Reading Agency has released its book collection titles for the 2015 'Record Breakers' Summer Reading Challenge. The Summer Reading Challenge in libraries is the UK's leading reading for pleasure programme for primary school aged children running in 98% of local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland. The 2015 Summer Reading Challenge is called Record Breakers, delivered in partnership with Guinness World Records: the global authority in record-breaking achievements and publishers of the annual Guinness World Record ™book. The Record Breakers theme brings together fact and fiction, challenging young readers to explore astonishing real-life achievements and world records.

Libraries and Information Services 38th Edition

For over fifty years anyone needing information on British and Irish libraries has turned to Libraries and Information Services in the UK and the Republic of Ireland for the answer. This newly updated directory lists over 2000 libraries and other services in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland, with contact names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, email addresses and URLs.  The book contains over 2000 entries and is the reference source for LIS professionals.  Visit the website to order your copy and for more information.


Digital Publishing Forum - UK Copyright Exceptions - London, 11 March  

The next DPF, to be held at UCL from 4-6pm with networking and drinks to follow, will give a legal update on the impact of the UK copyright exceptions on publishing.  Chaired by  Anthony Watkinson, speakers Hugh Jones, Florian Koempel and Laurie Kaye will outline the UK and international context for these exceptions, looking at the EU, US copyright reforms which could impact future changes here, and at WIPO activity.  They will examine key exceptions in text and data-mining, accessibility and the Marrakesh Treaty, and parody as well as exploring recent changes to the use of orphan works, which clarify (and relax) the rules on locating rights-holders.  More information and a registration form are on the UCL website

New Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum Launches at London Book Fair 2015

The PA, alongside LBF and ALPSP, is delighted toannounce the launch of a brand new Scholarly and Research Forum at LBF. The Forum, which takes place on Wednesday 15th April, is a half day programme of four individual sessions facilitated by Toby Green, Head of Publishing at OECD, and Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy at Elsevier.   The Forum, sponsored by Publishers Communication Group, a division of Publishing Technology, provides an opportunity for speakers across the globe to give greater insight into how to successfully navigate a number of unprecedented changes. It enables publishers to learn from each other, improve business and develop new models and markets.  Lunch is included and delegates also receive free entrance into The London Book Fair.  For more information website.  PA members also receive a discount.  Please contact Nicola Swann ( for your PA member discount code.

What Works? educational publishing conference - London, 16 April

This conference, to be held on the last day of London Book Fair, is the third edition of an annual event organised in association with The PA which looks at the combinations of policy, pedagogy, content and technology that work best.  The programme is firming ; confirmed speakers include Jay Diskey, IPA Educational Publishers Forum (USA), Harry Patrinos, World Bank (USA), Gino Roncaglia, University of Viterbo (Italy) and Wouter van Tol, Samsung (UK).  PA members get 10% off tickets for the educational publishing conference ‘What Works?’ so do sign up at


IPG Conference

The Independent Publishers Guild Conference will take place this week, which will once again be held at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park hotel and conference centre in Oxfordshire. Whatever your specialism or size, there will be plenty of information, advice and ideas for all independent publishers to take back to their day-to-day operations. The PA / IPG EQUIP initiative will also be discussed, and companies invited to sign up to the charter, which can be found here. To do so ahead of the conference, please contact

The IPG is pleased to welcome some fantastic speakers across more than 25 sessions. These include Sandy Grant (of renowned non-fiction specialist Hardie Grant) who will deliver a keynote speech on the global perspective on the state of independent publishing. Academic publishers will be interested to hear that Ziyad Marar of SAGE Publications will be taking part too, sharing his thoughts on the future for the industry. For the full programme, click here.

Political Parties Debate Higher Education - London, 2 March

A debate with HE representatives from the three major political parties will take place on Monday 2 March from 7.15pm at Church House Conference Centre, London.  Organisers Times Higher Education, the Higher Education Policy Institute, The Open University and Universities UK have secured speakers Greg Clark MP (Minister for Universities, Science and Cities), Liam Byrne MP (Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills) and Julian Huppert MP (Lib Dem science spokesman).  OU Chancellor Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho will be in the chair.  Entry is by ticket only, but is free; register here.

The Booksellers Association:  Academic, Professional & Specialist Group Conference - Dorking, 11-12 March 2015

A final call for delegates at this year’s BA APS Conference, Learning and Leading:  Supporting the Academic Community, to run at Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey will take a look at how British academic booksellers and publishers can learn from counterparts in other countries, and at industry initiatives which show the growing partnerships between booksellers, publishers and librarians.  The established speed-dating session and industry awards remain, but this year more time will be given to discussion and networking.  Keynote speakers are Michael van Everdingen, CEO Royal Dutch Booksellers Association and David Hetherington, EVP & COO, Klopotek North America on issues for academic publishing and bookselling in the UK and US; and Dr John Hogan, Registrar, The University of Newcastle on budgets and books.  The PA’s own CEO Richard Mollet will be presenting industry stats and taking part in the Chief Executive panel.  Please see to book online. 

2015 HEPI-Elsevier Research Conference: Reflections on the REF - London, 31 March

This conference at the Royal Society on Tuesday 31 March considers the impact of the Research Excellence Framework, and looks ahead to 2020 to consider how research evaluation might evolve.  Speakers include David Willetts (Chair), David Sweeney (HEFCE) and James Wilsdon (Chair of the Independent Review of the role of metrics in research assessment.)  Topics include:

·         How the REF2014 will affect the UK’s research base

·         What the future holds for research assessment and funding

·         How the next research assessment exercise could work 

Visit for the programme and to book.

Great Week: The World in One Place 7th – 11th September

The Grown in Britain Great Week will be taking place in Milan from 7th – 11th September 2015. The event, which coincides with the World Expo, is a trade mission from the UK for the creative industries sector. The week’s tailored business programme provides the tools and knowledge for businesses to seize opportunities for expansion overseas. Activities include a one-day thought leadership conference, a VIP networking reception, market briefings, one-to-one buyer meetings and a one day visit to the Expo 2015 and the UK Pavilion. The event is open to companies in the creative industries and education sectors whose product or service focuses on children/young people, event management and production companies, designers and architects in the supply chain of major world events.

Participation fee: £336 (+VAT)

To find out more, visit the website; email: or call:

+44 (0) 207 034 3266


Bologna Children’s Book Fair                                                             30th March – 2nd April 2015
The London Book Fair                                                                         14th – 16th April 2015

BookExpo America                                                                                27th – 29th May 2015

Beijing International Book Fair                                                           26th – 30th August 2015

Frankfurt Book Fair                                                                               14th – 18th October 2015

China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair                         13th – 15th November 2015

Guadalaraja International Book Fair                                                  28th November – 6th December 2015



An Introduction to Paper & Colour Printing                                       30th  March – 1 April 2015

Understanding BIC Subject Classification                                          28th April 2015



Disruption, Development and Divestment                                         17th March 2015

Financial Management in Journals Publishing                                  20th March 2015