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PA's PR 17th August 2016

PA's PR 17th August 2016

Since the last edition of PA's PR, publishers have shown resilience in the face of the UK's vote to leave the EU, the Publishers Association has launched a conference about diversity and inclusivity in publishing with the London Book Fair, and the Booksellers Association has announced its first Bookshop Day. Meanwhile the 2016 shortlist for the British Book Design and Production Awards has been announced and a survey has shown that readers live longer


Publishers reacts to Brexit

Over 70% of publishers remain committed to their business investment plans despite Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, a survey of our members has found. The survey also identified key priorities for the industry going forward which includes ensuring a strong government commitment to copyright and reducing VAT on epublications. Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the PA, said that despite the UK publishing industry's resilience, policy makers should not take its success for granted. The results will be at the forefront of our meetings with government.

PA launches diversity conference

The PA is launching a conference about diversity and inclusivity in publishing with the London Book Fair. The conference, which will take place this November, was planned in association with diversity organisations and other engaged parties across the publishing industry to ensure a balanced and relevant programme. Themes will be increasing inclusivity in publishing from discovering new writing talent, diversity in published content, reaching new audiences, diversity in the publishing workforce, accessibility, bookselling and mentoring. Find more information here.

BBDPA finalists revealed

The 2016 shortlist for the British Book Design and Production Awards has been revealed, with 82 titles selected out of 575 entries. The awards, run by the British Printing Industries Federation in association with Oxford Brookes University and the PA, promote and reward innovative book design and outstanding craftsmanship in their creation, in both physical and digital formats. A panel of five judges, from design, publishing, production and retail, went through a gruelling selection process to select the shortlist. The winners will be announced on Thursday 10 November.

BA announces Bookshop Day

The Booksellers Association is launching its first Bookshop Day this year as part of its Books Are My Bag campaign, which is co-sponsored by the PA. Booksellers will be encouraged to host parties, events and book-signings to mark the day, which will take place on 8 October ahead of the autumn selling season. "Super Thursday", the biggest day of book releases before Christmas, will fall on Thursday 6 October.

PRH looks for under-represented writers

Finding and publishing new writers from under-represented communities will ensure everyone has stories that "speak directly to them", Joe Marriott, a commissioning editor at Penguin Random House, said as he explained why PRH had set up its WriteNow scheme. Writing for the Bookseller, Marriott stressed how it was important for readers to be able to relate to book characters. The scheme will offer under-represented authors one-to-one time with editors, access to literary agents, booksellers and published authors. The scheme aims to inspire new writers and open new markets.

Reading books linked with longer lives

People who read 30 minutes a day live longer than those who don't read at all, according to anew study. The study, published by the journal of Social Science & Medicine, found that book readers tend to live almost two years longer than non-readers. It specifically found that reading a book was "significantly" more beneficial than reading a newspaper or a magazine. Over 12-years of follow up the researchers also found that book readers were 20% less likely to die than non-book readers. The conclusions were reached after looking at reading patterns of 3,635 people over the age of 50.


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