Since the last edition of PA's PR, figures from the PA show that physical book revenues continued to rise in the first half of 2016, publishers are gearing up for Work in Publishing week next week and the keynote speakers for the PA BESA educational publishers conference have been announced. Meanwhile publishers will highlight their commitment to improving diversity at the Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference next week, the PA has discussed the impact of Brexit at a joint Publishing and Intellectual Property APPG meeting and 23 publishers are set to go to the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair.
INDUSTRY & PA NEWS
Physical book sales continue to rise
New figures from the PA show that while overall book revenues were steady in the first half of 2016 physical book revenues continued to rise, indicating that the UK’s renewed love of printed books may be here to stay. The figures show that the sale of physical books increased by 1%, driven by a 6% increase in physical consumer book sales, continuing a rise in the sale of print books which was first seen in 2015. The figures also show that digital revenues fell by 7% to £182m. There was strong growth for non-fiction/reference, school and children's books, with sales rising by 13%, 7% and 3% respectively.
Work in Publishing week
The PA will be speaking to schools and university-level students next week as part of #WorkInPublishing week, along with the usual raft of keen job-seekers in publishing. The PA has made contact with local authorities, schools careers services, colleges and universities across England and Wales who are ready to push out information about jobs in publishing. The PA has also established partnerships with Not Going to Uni and Milkround to reach non-traditional publishing applicants. Events during the week include an Insight into Publishing day by Hachette, a Digital Publishing Forum on Routes to Retail and a PRH Job Hack in Liverpool.
Education publishing conference keynotes
Labour peer Lord Knight of Weymouth and Laura McInerney, the editor of Schools Week, have been announced as the keynote speakers at this year's PA BESA educational publishers conference, Shifting Landscapes. They will be joined on the day by new speakers Amy Finch, Research Manager and Head of Education at Reform, and Chris Smith, Head of Education Services, EES for Schools. The conference will focus on key areas of change in the English schools system, asking how publishers are responding to these and what the pointers are for future resources development. Find out more and register here.
Publishing to address lack of diversity
Publishers have said there is now a serious commitment to widening representation in the industry, in response to statistics partly compiled by the Bookseller which showed that out of the thousands of titles published in the UK in 2016, less than 100 were by British authors of a non-white background. According to The Bookseller, publishers have said the industry needs to improve the diversity of its staff and writers. Their comments came ahead of the PA and London Book Fair's Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference next week, which will centre on how the industry can ensure the publishing ecosystem reflects British society.
IP and Publishing joint APPG meeting
The PA addressed a joint meeting of the Publishing and Intellectual Property APPG’s last week which met to discuss the implications of Brexit on the creative and content industries and how it may impact the current negotiations on the digital single market proposals. Representatives from the creative industries said the sector needs to make the most of the UK's voice and influence over the digital single market and copyright framework while it "still has a seat at the table". The PA's Susie Winter said the UK has always been a "good strong balanced voice" in EU deliberations about copyright.
Shanghai Children's Book Fair
The PA in partnership with the Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI) is taking 23 companies to the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair which is being held from 18 – 20 November. The group includes companies such as Andersen Press, Michael O’Mara, Hachette Children’s Books, Pavilion Books, Top That Publishing and Walker Books. The London Book Fair is hosting two seminars entitled A Picture Tells a Thousand Words: The Place of Picture Books in the Developing Readers, Entertaining and Creating Story Worlds and Licence to Trill: How to Make the Most of your IP in Brand Savvy World.
Latest Aid Projects Alerts are now available.
In this month’s issue there are eight new projects, six loan approvals and two tenders. Members can access the alerts here.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
BIC Bash 2016 (BIC members only), 15 November 2016, London
Building Inclusivity in Publishing, 15 November 2016, London
Polish Rights Forum - register your interest, 17 November 2016, London, British Council
BIC Breakfast - Business Instant Messenger, 22 November 2016, London
Digital Project Management course, 22 November 2016, London
Book Aid Literacy Quiz with Neil Pearson, 23 November 2016, London
An Introduction to Production, 23 November 2016, London
PA/BESA Conference - Shifting Landscapes, 25 November 2016, London
Myanmar Trade and Investment Forum, 28 November 2016, London
The Bookseller Futurebook Conference, 2 December 2016, London