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PA's PR 21st July 2016

PA's PR 21st July 2016

In the last fortnight the Publishers Association has spoken about the impact of Brexit at a Bookseller Breakfast, the new Prime Minister has made a host of changes to government and the Creative Industries Council has launched its five year strategy. Meanwhile the author of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has explained why she is backing Reading for Pleasure and the PA has released its latest digital sales monitor.


Moggach backs Reading for Pleasure               

 The author of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach, told the Society of Authors that she was supporting the PA’s Reading for Pleasure scheme in order to counter threats facing book reading from distractions created by digital media to library closures. She said creating a book corner at work and setting up a blind date book club were her favourite tips suggested by the PA to help encourage others to love reading. Find out what your top tip would be here



Brexit challenges and opportunities 

Director of Policy and Communications Susie Winter told a Bookseller event on Brexit last week that the Publishers Association will work to address the challenges and opportunities Brexit presents and assured publishers that their voice will be important in the debate in helping to shape the post-Brexit world. Neil Morrison, Director of Human Resources at Penguin Random House, meanwhile warned that Brexit could push up printing and production costs


PA analyses government reshuffle                     

 The Publishers Association has written about what the changes in government mean for the publishing industry. Highlights include the expansion of the Department for Education, which will now also oversee further and higher education, skills and apprenticeships, and the appointment of Karen Bradley as the new Culture Secretary, replacing John Whittingdale. 

PA at Edinburgh book festival            

 The PA will be at Edinburgh International Book Festival on the 20th and 21st August, signing up more Reading Ambassadors and speaking to visitors about how to encourage a love of reading in their community, with top tips fromScottish Book Trust and our other reading for pleasure partners. Come and visit us in the Story Box to find out more and say hello. 

Digital sales monitor           

 The PA’s latest digital sales monitor is now available online on the PA website. Members can access the statistics using their company name and password. 


Five year creative plan            

The Creative Industries Council has outlined measures to help creative exports grow to £31bn by 2020. New proposals in its five year strategy include developing support for the UK creative industries at all levels of government and increasing the number of students studying creative industries-related subjects in schools. The PA helped draft the strategy including sections on digital infrastructure and intellectual property.             

Peer review report           

A report into peer reviewing has revealed that two thirds of researchers who have never peer reviewed before would like to. The Taylor & Francis report ‘Peer review: a global view’ also showed that people who have peer reviewed in STM and HSS did so in order to play their part as a member of the academic community, improve papers and reciprocate the benefit. But just 10% of peer reviewers had received any formal training.             

Other news

Meanwhile the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is inviting applications for its UK business awards  and a student at Kingston University is surveying publishers on how they recruit and maintain staff. The deadline to respond to the survey is next Thursday.


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