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PA's PR 12th June 2015

PA's PR 12th June 2015



Pilot Study on Remote E-lending

The findings of The PA’s joint pilot with the Society of Chief Librarians into the feasibility of remote e-lending by public libraries have been released.  The study has been instrumental in helping stakeholders - publishers, agents, authors, booksellers and libraries - better understand the impact of remote ebook lending in English public libraries. Highlights included: 

  • E-book downloads accounted for less than 5% of fiction borrowing within the pilot authorities
  • 95% of users said that a greater range of e-book titles would encourage them to borrow more
  • E-book borrowers bought more e-books than did other library users
  • When asked about future intentions, 39% of ebook borrowers indicated that they were somewhat / much less likely to visit bookshops and 37% were somewhat / much less likely to purchase new physical books

A report on the results of the pilot are available on the PA website here. Further coverage of the findings is provided by The Bookseller


Independent Bookshop Week, 20th – 27th June 2015
Independent Bookshop Week will be taking place from 20th to 27th June.  As part of the Books Are My Bagcampaign, Independent Bookshop Week seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland with events, celebrations, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting!  Visit your local bookshop to see how they are celebrating.

 Take part and join the celebration!

Academic News

HEPI-HEA 2015 Student Academic Experience Survey
This year’s survey, drawing on over 15,000 responses and the first where the vast majority of respondents from England are on the £9,000 fees regime, shows high overall levels of satisfaction with UK higher education with 87% of students ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ satisfied with the quality of their course.  Despite that, most students would like more information on how their tuition fees are spent.  Looking at teaching and learning, the survey finds that the qualities most students look for in their teachers is ability to teach and professional/industry expertise rather than whether they are active researchers.  Of the areas where students would prefer universities to save money, reducing spending on learning facilities was least popular (spending less on sport and social facilities came out top). 
UCL Press launches
UCL Press, the University’s in-house publishing arm, launched on 4 June 2015 as the first fully Open Access university press in the UK.  It aims to use twenty-first century ways of publishing to change prevailing models for the publication of research outputs.  All titles will be available in OA digital form as well as in print and e-book formats. The Press will focus mainly on scholarly monographs, textbooks and journals from both UCL and non-UCL authors; inaugural offerings include Temptation in the Archives by Lisa Jardine. Dr Samantha Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing, is on the UCL Press Board.

Digital News
Byte the Book Summer Digital Book Party 
Byte the Book and The Literacy Consultancy summer party took place at the Free Word Centre on Friday 5th June.  Hosted by Claire Armistead (Book Editor at the Guardian and Observer) the Digital Book Party featured a round-up of the digital marketplace from Roger Tagholm and Nielsen and showcased a number of fascinating projects from the world of publishing. Chris McCrudden (Midas PR) took the event into the evening, with a keynote on book marketing, warning that anyone who claims to have all the answers shouldn’t be trusted … along with some well-chosen gifs from the Carry On films. Wine and nibbles accompanied the nerve-wracking TLC Pen Factor, where four brave authors live-pitched their novels to a panel of judges and received critiques on the spot.
CLA & Publishing Technology Partner to Support University workflow PackTracker
CLA has announced a partnership with Publishing Technology to deliver the popular PackTracker service to major universities across the UK. PackTracker is currently used by information managers at over 40 universities in the UK as a platform to manage copyright material used in student course packs, freeing up considerable time and resource for administrators in the process. The partnership will enable academics using the service to continue to provide students with the literature they need to study and learn from and will ensure that this content is licensed and validated accurately.

Diversity News
Stoke Newington Literacy Festival 

The Stoke Newington Literary Festival continued into its fifth year with a star cast of authors, thinkers and publishers coming together in the sunshine over three days last weekend. Amongst speakers such as Viv Groksop, Alex Clarke and Owen Jones, The PA was particularly pleased to attend two panels on diversity, hosted by Sarah Shaffi (the Bookseller) and Catherine Johnson, furthering the debate on diversity and giving us some great ideas to take forward under the EQUIP banner.

Untold Stories, Unheard Voices: On Diversity in literature, 9th July 2015
Publishing is still largely a white middle-class industry, accessed through unpaid internships that many young people simply can’t afford to work. Publishers' tastes and the books they choose to publish shape our culture, yet still do not fully reflect it. What effect is all of this having on the stories that are getting through? What can we do about the voices and stories that are not being heard? Featuring a panel discussion with writer Kerry Hudson (Thirst), Alexandra Pringle, Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury, writer Nikesh Shulka (Meatspace), editor and Booker Judge, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey and from the floor, expert witness Danuta Kean, (author of the Spread the Word report ‘Writing the Future’) and audience Q&A, this event is part of a National Conversation taking place around the country being led by Writers’ Centre Norwich. To book tickets and for more information, please visit the website.  To have your say at the event or online please click here. @writerscentre #NatConv

PA International Opportunities for Publishers 
Publishing Trade Mission to Brazil 
Three places remain on The PA and UKTI Brazil publishing trade mission to Brazil, which will coincide with the Rio de Janeiro biennial book fair. The trade mission will visit Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo from 30th August – 6th September 2015 and will encompass a variety of arranged activity as well as free time for individual meetings. 8 UKTI Grants of £800 are available to go towards the cost of flights and accommodation. To qualify for a grant, delegates must be able to demonstrate that they are planning to do business in Brazil (selling rights and export business.) The grants are initially open to PA members only but applications may be extended to non-PA members if grants remain available. The deadline for grant applications is June 12th. Non PA Members may also express interest for the grant within this period. For more information please click here.
China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair 
The PA is organising the UK Pavilion at this year’s China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair.  Running from 13th – 15th November 2015, the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, participants will include: publishers, literary agents, illustrators, software designers, distributors, booksellers and many more. The PA’s exhibition package includes stand, exhibitor passes, entry in the fair directory, bilingual stand assistants and more.  Further details and costs can be found on the booking form, to be returned by Friday 26th June, or by emailing Gloria Bailey at  UKTI Grants of up to £2500 are available to help with costs.
Guadalajara International Book Fair, 28th November – 6th December 2015
The UK will be Guest of Honour at this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, as part of the 2015 UK/Mexico Year of Culture. This huge project is being overseen by the British Council in partnership with The Publishers Association and UK Trade & Investment. The centrepiece of the book fair will be a 1,705 sqm two story UK pavilion which will include a publishers’ exhibition/meeting area, a bookshop and an auditorium, and will invite visitors to “Discover the UK”.  Thirty authors will take part in the literary, Fil Niños and academic programmes and on each of the nine nights, Fil Forum outside the hall, will host a different performance; from indie popular to classical music, theatre and dance.  In and around Guadalajara there will be two contemporary visual arts exhibitions and a festival of recent UK films.  For more information about the stand and how to apply for UKTI funding for this fair, please clickhere

Reading for Pleasure News 
Reading for Pleasure Conference 
On 3rd July there will be a full-day conference focusing on inspiring children to read for pleasure, visual literacy, approaches to reading choices, being creative with books and reading strategies that raise attainment. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to share good practice.  Chaired by Guardian’s children’s books editor Julia Eccleshare, author Mini Grey will discuss creating and illustrating stories for younger readers, author Piers Torday will talk on writing for children, lecturer Prue Goodwin will discuss strategies to get children reading, learning and achieving, and Mile Oak School Deputy Head Martin Cooper will share strategies and ideas on how the school has developed an outstanding community of readers.  Places cost £96 inc VAT - to book click here, or 020 3353 3306 for more information.

New PLS Head of Publisher Relations
PLS are looking to recruit a new Head of Publisher Relations. This new full time role has principal responsibility for managing all aspects of relations with publishers and for gaining a comprehensive understanding of their changing business needs to ensure that PLS continue to develop appropriate collective rights management services for their primary stakeholders. To apply please send a cover letter and CV to Sarah Faulder. Deadline for applications is 30th June 2015. For more information about the role please click here.
Call for Entries: British Book design and production Awards 2015
The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association and The Bookseller are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2015. These are the only industry awards to promote and acknowledge the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry.   All books published between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2015 are eligible for entry in this year’s awards. There are 17 categories including; literature, digital, limited edition, educational, children’s, trade, self-publishing and interactive multimedia. There is also a category for aspiring students to enter their work, with the chance to win a cheque for £500 as well as a short internship with a leading designer, publisher or printer. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 30th June 2015.
The awards will be presented at a dazzling ceremony on 26th November 2015 at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London. For further details on the awards please go to or contact Heena Bulsara at the BPIF on 0207 915 8338 or



Digital Publishing Forum: Digital Marketing, 24th June 2015
Looking at case studies from across the publishing industry the event will showcase how data can be used to gain consumer insight into markets which can then be used for commercial advantage. The forum has been organised by Nick Canty, UCL Centre for Publishing, University College London and will take place at the UCL Anatomy Building G29,JZ Young Lecture Theatre.
Speakers will include:
          - Steve Bohme UK Research Director Nielsen Book Research
          - Kate Jervis, Marketing Analytics Manager, Harper Collins
          - Kate Smith, Wiley
These friendly, informal events allow ample time for questions and discussion, followed by drinks and an opportunity for further networking and discussion. The seminar fee is £30.00 for members of the Publishers Association and members of EDItEUR, and £60.00 for non-members and are free for students on publishing courses.

Please click here for the registration form. For further information, please contact:


London Digital Book Printing Forum, June 25th 2015
Organised annually by INTERQUEST since 2010, the London Digital Book Publishing Printing Forum provides an update on key trends on the book market, the evolution of the supply chain and book manufacturing, as well as the status and inroads of digital printing. The event will take place from 9:00 – 17:00 on June 25th at The Royal Society. Speakers include Gilles Biscos, Founder and President of INTERQUEST, John Conley, Vice President of Publishing and Commercial Print at Xerox and Simon Crump, Head of Production Supply Chain at CUP. The programme for the event are available here and for more details and registration please visit the website.
Transforming Institutional Publishing;  Sharing Best Practices, 29th June 2015
This one-day event, sponsored by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the Interinstitutional Publishing  Committee of the EU will be held in Brussels on 29 June from 9.30am.  It will feature keynotes from speakers from the EU and IDPF, and sessions on workflow, discoverability and accessibility.  The day costs  €149 Euro inc VAT. 

Mathematically Thinking - ACME Conference 9th July 2015
The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) is running a conference, Mathematically Thinking, at The Royal Society on 9 July 2015. Minister for Schools Nick Gibb will give a policy Keynote, Warwick Mansell will chair a question-time panel of Sharon Witherspoon (Nuffield Foundation), Mike Warriner (Google), Sue Johnston-Wilder (University of Warwick) and Professor Richard Craster (Imperial College, and Chair of the A Level Content Advisory Board ALCAB).  Breakout groups will tackle topics including mathematical thinking at different stages, and assessment of problem solving and reasoning.  To close, Professor Kevin Buzzard, Professor of Pure Maths, Imperial College will give a Mathematics Keynote.   Places are £75.  

Great Week: The World in One Place, 7th – 11th September 2015
The Grown in Britain Great Week will be taking place in Milan from 7th – 11th September 2015. The event, which coincides with the World Expo, is a trade mission from the UK for the creative industries sector. The week’s tailored business programme provides the tools and knowledge for businesses to seize opportunities for expansion overseas. Activities include a one-day thought leadership conference, a VIP networking reception, market briefings, one-to-one buyer meetings and a one day visit to the Expo 2015 and the UK Pavilion. The event is open to companies in the creative industries and education sectors whose product or service focuses on children/young people, event management and production companies, designers and architects in the supply chain of major world events. To find out more, visit the website; email: or call:
+44 (0) 207 034 3266
ALPSP Conference and Awards, 9th-11th September 2015 
Join ALPSP for their flagship annual event, where expert speakers will offer a range of viewpoints to provoke debate and discussion on the key industry issues in today’s market, as well as in the future.   An Early bird discount is offered if you book by 19 June. Submissions are also now being accepted for the 2015 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing. So, if you have a new project, journal, tool or service that deserves recognition make sure you send your application in by 12 June.   Click here for FULL DETAILS.
SAVE THE DATE: The Booksellers Association Conference and Gardners Tradeshow 2015
Sunday 20th – Monday 21st September, Warwick University: The Conference programme and registration details will be published soon. For more information including sponsorship opportunities at the BA Conference and visit the website

BIC Training and Events
BIC Breakfast: Global Business Intelligence                   24th June 2015
BIC Library Web Services Workshop                               24th June 2015
An Introduction to Production                                         9th July 2015
Shipping Explained                                                            28th July 2015
Metadata for Beginners                                                    23rd July 2015      
Pre-press for Publishing                                                   12th August 2015
Ebook Creation                                                                  13th August 2015
Bibliographic Metadata & ONIX                                      3rd September 2015

BIC Blogs
BIC would love to receive your feedback on its training courses and, for a limited time only, if you are prepared to write a BIC Blog (minimum 500 words) about any training course you attend within two weeks of attending the course, BIC is offering your organisation 10% off the next training course they book. For more information about this offer, contact Alaina-Marie Bassett at:

Beijing International Book Fair                                          26th – 30th Aug 2015
Frankfurt Book Fair                                                          14th – 18th Oct 2015
China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair          13th – 15th Nov 2015
Guadalajara International Book Fair                                 28th Nov – 6th Dec2015


Gateway Asia II Funding Support 
Gateway Asia II provides fully funded support, worth in excess of £3000, for UK SMEs looking to access India. Working with UK India Business Council and Harrow College, Gateway Asia II provides free support through 1-2-1 advice, online tutorials, practical resources, and seminars. Fully funded spaces are limited to less than 130 and applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis. In order to qualify for the grant your company must:-
• Have a turnover of less than £35 million.
• Have less than 250 employees.
• Have a London office or address.
Applicants do not require any previous experience of exporting or doing business abroad and can be from any sector. If your company fits these three criteria then contact one of UK India Business Council’s India advisers on 0800 0196 176 or +44 (0) 207 592 3853 to apply. Once you are signed up for the programme, Your adviser will be in touch to provide you with your unique Gateway Asia code, and details of how to start the programme. 
Brand India Webinar: How a Change in Government is Boosting the Nation’s Brand Worldwide, 17th June 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made building “Brand India” and raising India’s image abroad a key plank of the new Indian Government’s plans to attract greater investment. “Brand India” comprises of 5 T’s – Talent, Trade, Tradition, tourism and Technology which the Indian Government believe encapsulate all of India’s strengths. India’s challenge has always been unleashing untapped potential and this webinar will examine how successful the Modi Government has been at matching reform with rhetoric. This 30 minute webinar will allow British companies to identify the opportunities within these reforms and ask – where is it going next? To register for the webinar please click here. For further information email with the subject Brand India.
Open to Export Webinar: International Payments, 17th June 2015 
Understanding how you will get paid and the additional costs and time this may involve is crucial to making a success of overseas expansion. This webinar will provide practical, step by step guidance on key considerations when taking payments from international customers such as setting payment terms, assessing credit worthiness, ensuring you get paid and budgeting for any additional costs, and will be followed by a live Q&A. To register, please click here

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