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PA's PR 3rd September 2015

PA's PR 3rd September 2015

3rd September 2015

Welcome to the PA's PR!



Showcasing Innovation

UK publishing is a highly innovative and dynamic industry with a wide range of technological developments to enhance the reader experience. The Publishers Association have displayed the latest examples of digital publishing from across its membership in a new segment, Showcasing Innovation, on the PA website. Other developments by publishers can be seen the PA’s ebook, Innovation with Impact.
The Political Spring Promises Fresh Challenges
As Parliament prepares to recommence next week, the Publishers Association’s Chief Executive, Richard Mollet, explores upcoming political challenges. From the Labour leadership battle to EU Digital Single Market, find out the issues set to take centre stage in his latest blog post
Exploring China’s Markets
Professor Paul Richardson, co-author with Chu Xiaoying, of the latest PA Market Report China; examines the impact of China’s slowing economy on UK publishing in a recent article in The Bookseller. Read more here.   



PA Mini Market Profile on the Philippines
With the first Philippine collective stand at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair, it is timely that the PA’s latest mini market profile is on the Philippine book market. This 30-page profile is now available to PA members and GPI subscribers. To view the link, both members and subscribers must be logged in here



Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 Business Club Highlights, 13th – 18th October 2015
With Frankfurt Book Fair just around the corner, there are a number of events and workshops to available to FBF Business Club attendees; from a Business Breakfast addressing licensing for children’s content to Richard Nash’s Group Therapy for Entrepreneurs. Prepare to get inspired by an additional programme of talks on Internet wide publishing, cross media and successful project management.  For full details on speakers, events, meeting spaces and other Business ticket advantages please visit click here or get in touch directly via email:  Use the code 2015BC_BaFEH to receive a 25% discount on Business Club Tickets!
THE MARKETS: Global Publishing Summit, October 13th 2015
The Global Publishing Summit is a new flagship event of the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair. On Tuesday October 13th, hundreds of top-level publishing professionals will attend this summit to learn about new markets, share their experiences and network. In 2015, THE MARKETS will focus on: China, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey and the US. For the full programme and further details please click here. PA members will receive a 25% discount on tickets; use the code TheMarkets2015SpecialPAUK when registering here.
29th International Rights Directors Meeting, 13th October 2015
This year’s Rights Directors Meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th October 2015, 14:00 - 17:00.
Speakers will include:

      - Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, International HarperCollins (US)

      - Anne Solange Noble, Rights Director, Éditions Gallimard (France)

      - Rebecca Byers, Rights Director, Éditions PLON-PERRIN (France)

For more details about the programme and speakers please click here.  Please contact Iris Klose for any further information via telephone: +49 (0) 69 2102-236 or email:

Stand Reception at Frankfurt Book Fair, 14th October 2015
In celebration of the 31st International Publishers Congress which will take place during the London Book Fair 2016; the PA and LBF will be hosting a stand reception at Frankfurt Book Fair. Join us at stands 6.0 B 125 and 6.0 B 126 on Wednesday 14th October, 17:30 – 18:30!


Win a Free Trip to LA with UKTI
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is running a competition to give the finest creative talent access to the movers and shakers in the Hollywood film industry. The competition is open to companies linked to film including publishing! For your chance to win, simply submit your next big idea which could include; a new franchise or revolutionary technology with the power to change Hollywood. The winner will be selected by an expert panel chaired by Iain Smith and will be flown to LA in Late October. The winner will also attend the Britannia Awards and network with representatives from the US and UK film industry. For more details on the competition and to enter, please click here
Deadline for entries is September 17th 2015.
Co-Publishing with the European Union
The European Union has recently published a new call for Expressions of Interest aimed at publishers who may be interested in producing co-publications in partnership with them. To access the Call please visit the Publications Office homepage here.  The EU welcomes applications from all publishers based in the EU. If you have any questions, please contact the Publications Office via email at
Call for English language Teaching Providers
UKTI is planning the next Education Export Capability Event and are calling for ELT providers to indicate their availability via this Doodle Poll to fix a date. The previous event, which took place in June 2015, focused on ELT in Latin America. Attendees were also able to network with their peers and share their experiences over refreshments and lunch. Further communications regarding the event will be distributed once a date has been set. 



20 Academic Books that Changed the World
From the beginning of the university term, bookshops across the UK will begin the 20 Academic Books that Changed the World promotion. Publishers submitted their titles for this initiative over August. A panel of academic booksellers, publishers and academics the top 20 which will be announced on September 28th and voting for the final winner will be opened to students and consumers. The Academic Book that Changed the World will be announced over Academic Book Week (9th – 16th November.)



Publisher Call Out: Reading Well Books on Prescription
The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians are now developing a booklist for young people aged 13-18 to provide information and advice on common mental health conditions. Up to three titles can be submitted per publishing imprint for consideration. Books should be aimed at 13-18 year olds and can include self-help, psycho-education/information and fiction titles. The titles must have been published within the last two years or be due for publication before November 2015. The final selection of titles will be made by a panel of young people’s mental health experts and endorsed by health partners supporting the scheme. If you are interested in making a submission please contact Rose Vickridge ( for further information.
A plea for books!
Publishing Perspectives published an article on the makeshift library set up by a British teacher in the Calais migrant camp. The library is looking for “books, dictionaries, texts, zines etc– in any and all languages. Especially, English, French, Italian, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Tigrinya, Amharic and Greek”; any publisher who would like to help should get in touch with
New Jisc Chief Executive
Current executive partner at Gartner UK, Dr Paul Feldman, has been appointed as Jisc’s new chief executive, stepping into the role in mid-October. He brings extensive experience of working in large, complex IT organisations; including 20 years in retail financial services and work with Thomson Reuters Legal and the Intellectual property Office. Paul succeeds Professor Martyn Harrow who has worked to implement the recommendations of the Wilson review, giving Jisc new legal governance and funding arrangements. 



Bookmachine with The Publishers Association
The PA joined forces with Bookmachine in August to discuss Transferable Skills in the Creative Industry. Looking across publishing, from small narrative games company Inkle, to Touchpress’ partnerships with publishers and own apps, and HarperCollins’ graduate scheme, the panel looked at what skills are needed in companies of any size. Strikingly, the self-proclaimed ‘odd-one-out’, Jon Ingold (Inkle), echoed the other speakers – indeed, if he had been introduced as a publisher, no-one would have batted an eyelid. Buzzwords abounded, from adaptability to flexibility (but sadly no mention of gamification), emphasising that the modern publisher must be willing to dip their toes into anything. The panel indicated that gone are the days of niche skills, with a broad spectrum of knowledge and enthusiasm, from whatever creative industry, valued above all.

PA People Database 
The PA is looking to create a bank of interesting and personable people in publishing in their first few years within the industry, who would enjoy being given the chance to inspire young people and educate them about the range of jobs available. We’d like to compile a list which we can draw on for video interviews, blogs, career profiles, top tips, and school and university visits. Any job type will be welcomed: it’s about the variety in publishing, and is aimed at a broad demographic. We want to reach those who have never heard of publishing, who have rejected it as a career because they don’t see a space for themselves in the industry, or who haven’t yet decided which career path to take within the industry. If you’re interested, please get in touch with, with the e-mail subject header People Database.



Diversity in the Publishing Industry, Wednesday 23rd September
The Publishers Association, in association with Creative Skillset, Creative Access, and Spread the Word is hosting a workshop on Diversity in the Publishing Industry. This workshop will provide publishers with case studies and discussions on how to increase diversity and equal access to employment in the industry. The workshop will revisit the research from Spread the Word, and look at the theme of unconscious bias, include case studies from within the publishing industry and further afield, and will host a panel of Creative Access interns who will share their first-hand experiences. The event will be at the PA from 13:00 – 16:30. The session will be followed by a drinks reception until 17:30. Tickets cost £30 and are free for PA members. There are only 40 spaces available so places are limited to 2 per company. To sign up for the event please click here.
31st International Publishers Congress, 10th – 12th April 2016
Organised by the PA, IPA and LBF; the 31st IPA Congress will be held 10th – 12th April 2016 during the London Book Fair. The event will feature leading publishers, authors, technologists, policy makers and influencers from the entire book chain. Further details about the programme will be published here. Further details about speakers and last year’s talks will be available here.



Taking the Long View: International Perspectives on E-Journal Archiving, 7th  September 2015
Organised as part of the Jisc-supported Keepers Extra project, this conference will discuss potential global collaboration to increase preservation coverage. The conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh. To register and for more information please visit the website.
The Booksellers Association Conference & Gardners Tradeshow, 20th – 21st September 2015
Join the BA Conference and Gardners Tradeshow at Warwick University on 20th and 21st September. The annual event which includes a fantastic blend of business and social events to explore key topics in publishing, will kick off with the Gardners Tradeshow on Sunday. The BA Conference, chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink, will start on Sunday afternoon with business sessions and discussion groups for delegates. Keynote speakers for the event include Richard Osman (Writer and TV Presenter) and Damian Horner (Brand Development Director, Hachette.) To see the full programme please click here. Further information on how to book is available on the website.
14th Ebooks Conference, 9th  October 2015
The 14th annual Ebooks Conference will be held on Friday 9 October at the University of  Strathclyde, Glasgow.  Speakers include Dr Frank Huysmans, Chair, Expert Group for E-reading with the European Commission who provided analysis for A Review of Publishing Library E-Lending Models, and Professor Jon Rogers, Professor of Creative Technology, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.  Early bird bookings for £90 excl. VAT close on 31 July; after that places will cost £110 excl. VAT (or £140 excl. VAT for attendees from commercial organisations.)  Click through for the programme and registration.  Organisers are the Scottish Library & Information Council (SLIC) in conjunction with the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) and Jisc Scotland.
Book Aid international’s Literary Quiz Night, 14th October 2015
Hosted by writer, broadcaster and Sunday Times Children’s Books Editor, Nicolette Jones, join Book Aid for a night of literary fun to support Book Aid International’s work in promoting libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. Prepare yourself for a fiendish quiz, delicious finger buffet and the chance to enjoy stunning views of the river by night. The event will be held at Dogget’s Coat & Badge in Thomas Doggett’s Bar. Doors will open at 6pm for a 7pm start and entry is £15 per person (teams of six max.) For further information and to book your place, please contact Jenny Hayes on 020 7326 5801 or email:
PLS Workshop on Permissions, 14th September and 14th November 2015
Rights and permissions experts Clare Hodder and Ruth Tellis are running workshops for PLS on Straightforward permissions: getting the basics right and maximising your income on Monday 14th September and Monday 9th November from 10:00 – 16:00. The sessions are aimed at publishing staff who deal with permissions alongside their core function, and those new to licensing roles.  Aspects of permissions they will tackle include doing the deal; licensing and charging strategies; how and when to review pricing and licensing rules; and how to apply UK copyright law to permissions licensing. To book and for further information, please visit the PLS website.

More Dates For Your Diary 

ALPSP Training Courses
Working Effectively with Authors & Editors                               22nd Sept 2015
Business Development Workshop: Scoping New Markets     1st Oct 2015
Introduction to Journals Publishing                                            21st Oct 2015
BIC Training Courses 
Bibliographic Metadata & ONIX                                     3rd Sept2015
New Trends in Publishing Seminar                               8th Sept 2015     
Book Fairs  
Beijing International Book Fair                                          26th – 30th Aug 2015
Frankfurt Book Fair                                                             14th – 18th Oct 2015
China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair       13th – 15th Nov 2015
Guadalajara International Book Fair                                28th Nov – 6th Dec 2015

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