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PA's PR 3rd August 2016

PA's PR 3rd August 2016

Since the last edition of PA's PR Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been released to record sales,the Turkish government has closed 29 publishing houses, and a new report has questioned the effectiveness of the competitive peer review system on improving the quality of published works. Meanwhile the PA has released information on new aid-funded projects and loans that may contain a textbook component for July and is inviting education publisher members to its Secondary English Group meeting in October. 


Turkey shuts 29 publishers

The Turkish government has closed 29 publishing houses using its powers under the state of emergency, according the Turkish Publishers Association. In a statement translated into English by the International Publishers Association, the TPA said the closures carry “the risk of human rights violations, the stifling of freedom of thought and expression and also the irreparable financial and moral losses". The protection of freedom to publish is a one of the PA's key objectives. Find more information here.

Peer review system questioned

The competitive peer review system leads to high quality research being rejected and incentivises unfair reviews, research suggests. The study, 'Peer review and competition in the Art Exhibition Game', found that while competition increases innovation, it does not improve the quality of published works. The researchers say the study could "explain why ground breaking studies in science end up in lower-tier journals".

Harry Potter record sales

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has already been called  the "publishing sensation of a decade" after the book was released to record sales on Sunday. Waterstones said it had been an "amazing weekend", describing sales as "incredible", while Foyles said it was "the fastest-selling book we've ever sold". Fans queued outside bookshops last Saturday night, with bookshops hosting parties for fans. Despite the success, JK Rowling says that the story of Harry Potter is "done now".

Artificial Intelligence and publishing

The founder of data-driven publisher Inkitt has predicted that artificial intelligence and data will "empower the publishing pipeline" in the next five years, allowing those who work in the industry to make more informed and fairer decisions on what readers want. Writing in the Bookseller, Ali Albazaz said data will act as an equaliser in the book selecting process, giving authors a fair opportunity to get published.

BBC and libraries in reading push

BBC Local Radio is partnering with libraries in a bid to get more people reading and talking about books. Through the partnership, BBC stations will broadcast ‘book clubs’ from their local libraries, selecting a different book each month which listeners will be encouraged to read and join in discussions about. The initiative, launched with the Society of Librarians, aims to create “one of the biggest book clubs in the country”.

July issue of PA Aid Projects is now available online

This month’s issue contains four new projects, four approvals and two tenders. Read more here


EPC Secondary English meeting

The PA is inviting all education publisher members to an EPC Secondary English Group meeting at 2pm on Wednesday 13 October 2016 at the PA's offices. The group will hear from Chris Flynn from DfE, Sarah Hubbard from Ofsted and Rose Luckin from the UCL Knowledge Lab.  For further detail please contact Nicola Swann at

Frankfurt Book Fair seminar discount    

PA members can get a 25% discount off  the THE MARKETS: Global Publishing Summit at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Tuesday 18 October 2016. To collect your discount, please contact Anita Desilva on

Discount on new edition of Publishing Law

PA members can get a 20% discount to the 5th edition of Jones and Benson's Publishing Law, about legal issues affecting publishers. The new edition includes the latest developments in copyright, defamation, privacy and competition laws. Contact the PA on the discount code.

Businesses can now register to join the UK Exporter Directory    

The directory will allow overseas customers to search for UK companies and organisations. Request to join here.


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