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PA's PR 26th September 2016

PA's PR 26th September 2016

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the number of publishers who have offered up their spare rooms to students as part of the Publishers Association's Spare Room Project has reached 30, over 2,000 bookshops are set take part in the first National Bookshop Day and the UK is celebrating Banned Book Week for the first time. Meanwhile the National Literacy Trust is auctioning off 'Cards to the Bard' and the Publishers Licensing Society has launched new permissions management services


Spare room project update

This summer 30 publishers offered up their spare rooms to aspirant publishers doing work experience in London as part of the Spare Room Project, run by the PA and James Spackman. Following this success, students and people doing work experience in publishing can now apply for a place in London for a week throughout the year. If you want to take part in the scheme, e-mail 
Find out how the project helped Connor Brown, a student living in the North, do work experience at Corvus after its editorial director Sara O’Keefe offered up her room.

First Digital Publishing Forum tonight

The Publishers Association, with UCL Publishing, will tonight run the first Digital Publishing Forum of the 2016/17 term  for those working in the industry and those who want to know more about publishing. Free for publishing students students, the session will cover an Introduction to Publishing Jobs with speakers Manisha Matharu, Resourcing Advisor, Penguin Random House, Yasmin Mahmoudi, Learning and Development, Penguin Random House, Crystal Mahey-Morgan, Publisher, OWN IT!, Abigail Barclay, Inspired Selection. The forum starts at 4pm in the Roberts Building room G08.

Bookshops celebrate National Book Day

Over 2,000 bookshops are set to celebrate the UK's first Bookshop Day on Saturday 8 October, as part of the Books Are My Bag Campaign, which is jointly run by the Publishers Association and the Booksellers Association. Highlights of the day include a special Famous Five edition called the Five Go Bookselling, published by Quercus, which will be available exclusively to bookshops. Other events to mark the day include a Millie Marotta colouring competition in bookshops, an event with Margaret Atwood at Toppings in Bath and an exclusive BAMB t-shirt design from Walker Books.

UK celebrates Banned Book Week

The Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter are among a list of the most notable banned books compiled by the Islington Library, The Free Word Centre, and the British Library as they work with the American Library Association to celebrateBanned Book Week in the UK for the first time. The week, which was first launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries in the US, aims to draw attention to censorship and free speech. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since the week's launch. Celebrations continue until Sunday 1 October.

NLT auctions "Cards to the Bard"

The National Literacy Trust is auctioning 'Card to the Bard' postcards to celebrate the 400 university of Shakespeare’s death. The 40 unique cards have been designed by famous actors, authors and artists, including Julie Waters, Steve Pemberton (whose card is pictured) and Children’s Laureate Chris Ridell. The signed postcards include, drawings, messages and cartoons. The auction will close at 19.30 on Tuesday 4th October. The proceeds from the auction will fund the charity's work to equip young people with the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills they need to succeed. 

PLS launches new permissions services

The PLS has launched new permissions management services to help publisher's become more efficient at managing requests to reuse content. According to the Society, publishers often lose licensing fees as responses to requests are too slow, with requestors abandoning requests or using content without permission as they often regard the process as "too difficult". As part of the new services, publishers can delegate permissions admin to PLS's permissions team, use PLSclear permissions tool to automate responses and attend workshops to help staff maximise returns.

Baillie Gifford longlist announced

Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich is one of ten writers who have been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford award for nonfiction writing.  Alexievich, who won the Nobel prize in literature for her "polyphonic writings" has been longlisted for her book Second-Hand Time, which brings together the voices of dozens of witnesses to the collapse of the USSR. Other writers who made the cut include Charles Foster, for his book Being a Beast, in which he experimented living life as a badger, urban fox and otter, and Frances Wilson was selected for her life of Thomas De Quincey, Guilty Thing. Read the full longlist here.

PA releases new statistics

  •  Half year figures for the PA Sales Monitor including digital is now available to PA members
  • The PA has released its Educational Market Statistics 2016, which provides an overview of the school book market

International Book Fair Survey

The PA is looking ahead to our programme of events for 2017 and 2018, and considering adding some book fairs to our existing programme.To help us gauge the level of interest, we have compiled a short survey and would appreciate it if you could  complete it by Wednesday 12 October


Implementing Thema4 October 2016, London

Metadata for Beginners20 October 2016, London 

International Copyright Breakfast21 October 2016, Frankfurt

Text and Data Mining Seminar25 October 2016, London Mathematical Society 

BIC Breakfast: UK Legal Deposit & Digital Publishing26 October 2016, London

Digital Book Production explained, 27 October 2016, Chippenham 

Stress Test your Digital Strategy, 9 November 2016, London 

An Introduction to Mono-Book Production, 10-11 November 2016, Bungay 

Building Inclusivity in Publishing,15 November 2016, London 

PA/BESA Educational Publishing Conference, 25 November 2016, London