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PA's PR 6th October 2015

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Mollet to Leave the Publishers Association
Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, will be leaving the role 2016, having accepted a role as Head of European Government Affairs at RELX Group. Joanna Prior, President of The PA, said: “For the last five years Richard has steered the PA brilliantly; representing our interests in Brussels and Whitehall with great skill and diplomacy, using his excellent communication skills as a really effective spokesman and advocate for our industry and developing a strong senior management team under him.”  Read more here.
Publishers Unite to Raise £1m for Refugee Crisis
The UK’s largest bookseller, Waterstones, has launched a ‘Buy Books for Syria’ campaign, with the goal to raise £1m for Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal. From Thursday 1st October Waterstones booksellers will sell a selection of books by bestselling authors such as Hilary Mantel, David Nicholls and Ali Smith. Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The Publishers Association said: ‘It has been incredible to see publishers and authors unite to make a difference in the refugee crisis. The Waterstone’s and Oxfam appeal will galvanise the industry further, to truly help those in need during this desperate time.’ Read more here.
#Workinpublishing Campaign 
The Publishers Association has launched a new campaign to raise awareness and change perceptions about publishing as a career option for 16+ students, especially those from under-represented backgrounds. #Workinpublishing is a digital campaign that will feature a weekly selection of tips, careers profiles and blogs to give greater insight and advice about working in the industry. From students just starting out in their journey to managing directors of global publishing houses, the campaign will offer new perspectives on the wide range of opportunities available within publishing, and how best to access them. From Monday 23rd September 2015, each week (Monday – Thursday) the PA will be sharing a selection of tips, careers profiles and blogs about #workinpublishing. Follow us on Twitter to catch the latest updates. 



September Aid Projects Alert Now Available

September issue of Aid Projects Alert is now available. In this issue there are there are five new projects and four approvals. To view the alert, both members and subscribers must be logged in here
Educational Market Statistics Summary Now available
The annual Educational Market Statistics handout, previously comiled in time for the EPC AGM is now available to PA members only. Members need to login using their company user name. To access the summary members must be logged in here.
PASM Figures Available

The PA Sales Monitor (PASM) is the monthly collection of  home and export data on five amalgamated categories of Fiction, Non-fiction, Children's, School, ELT, Social Sciences and humanities, and STM. PASM currently accounts for c76% of UK publishers' book turnover. Half year figures from PASM (print – digital) are now available to PA members here. Members must be logged in to view the page.  



Josie Dobrin Among Publishing’s Most Influential

CEO of Creative Access, Josie Dobrin, has been named among the most influential people in publishing at this year’s h.Club 100 awards. Hosted at the Hospital Club in partnership with the Creative Industries Council, the awards celebrate the 100 most influential and innovative people working across Britain’s creative industries. Jamie Byng (Managing Director, Canongate,) Perminder Mann (Managing Director, Kings Road Publishing) and Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator) also received the accolade in the publishing and writing category.
Diversity in the Publishing Industry Workshop
The PA in association with Creative Skillset, creative Access and EQUIP, hosted a workshop in diversity in the publishing industry on Wednesday 23rd September. The event revisited research from Spread the Word and explored a variety of key themes to devise effective and sustainable solutions to increase diversity within publishing. Femi Otitoju (Challenge Consultancy) explored unconscious bias and the negative implications it has for the industry. An interesting selection of case studies from HarperCollins, Stonewall and MAA, followed by a panel discussion with Creative Access interns, gave greater insight on the importance of fostering diversity within the workplace. The workshop was a tremendous success and inspired a number of practical solutions. Revisit the action through Storify
Creative Access Industry Showcase
Creative Access hosted its second Creative Industry showcase on Tuesday 29th September at advertising agency AMV BBDO. The event was a great opportunity for graduates and young people from BAME backgrounds to learn more about the wide range of opportunities available in the creative industries. A very insightful discussion took place with panellists; Genevieve Ampaduh (Founder, The Rye Social & Head of Digital Marketing Syco / Sony Music), Saurabh Kakkar (Head of Comedy, Big Talk) Fatima Salaria (Assistant Commissioner, Factual, BBC) Sathnam Sanghera (Features Writer, The Times) Kelly Knight (HR Director, AMV BBDO) Mimi Findlay (Administrator, Talawa Theatre Company) Sonia Razvi (Digital and Marketing Executive, Children’s Division HarperCollins Publishers). Each speaker gave unique insight into their careers and emphasised the urgent need for more diversity to ensure that the creative sector remains a vibrant, relevant and successful.



Nicky Morgan and David Walliams give literacy boost

Children’s author and comedian David Walliams joined Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan to discuss the importance of literacy on 24 September at Charles Dickens Primary School in Southwark, with an audience of children, teachers and literacy group representatives.  Walliams made the children giggle as he announced ‘I’m Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary …’ before treating them to a joint reading with Morgan from BFG, and then a solo rendition from Gangsta Granny.  Morgan gave a speech noting the importance of literacy, paying tribute to the Read On. Get On. campaign of which The PA is a member, and adding that government would like each child to get to know the classics of English literature. 
Great Success at Hachette RfP Roadshow
The PA’s most recent Reading for Pleasure Roadshow, took place at Hachette on 7th September 2015. The event was a tremendous success and resulted in 130 pledges being made to literacy charities across the UK. The PA have organised 6 roadshows so far this year which have taken place at Pan Macmillan, Egmont, Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Walker Books and Hachette and provide a great platform to engage the publishing workforce and build relationships. Roadshows will be taking place at Penguin Random House and OUP in the upcoming months. 



[TISP] Tolino: the continuing success story of digital reading

In early 2013 a unique alliance was formed in the German e-book market: under the brand of tolino, the largest German book retailers (Hugendubel, Thalia, Weltbild, Der Club) together with Deutsche Telekom AG (DTAG) as technology and innovation partner joined forces by entering into an alliance for digital reading. Soon more and more booksellers inside and outside the country joined the tolino alliance, firmly positioned amongst the top global e-reading ecosystems. Read more here. 



Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 Business Club Highlights, 13th – 18th October 2015

With Frankfurt Book Fair just around the corner, there are a number of events and workshops to available to FBF Business Club attendees; from a Business Breakfast addressing licensing for children’s content to Richard Nash’s Group Therapy for Entrepreneurs. Prepare to get inspired by an additional programme of talks on Internet wide publishing, cross media and successful project management.  For full details on speakers, events, meeting spaces and other Business ticket advantages please visit click here or get in touch directly via email:  Use the code 2015BC_BaFEH to receive a 25% discount on Business Club Tickets!
THE MARKETS: Global Publishing Summit, October 13th 2015
The Global Publishing Summit is a new flagship event of the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair. On Tuesday October 13th, hundreds of top-level publishing professionals will attend this summit to learn about new markets, share their experiences and network. In 2015, THE MARKETS will focus on: China, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea, Turkey and the US. For the full programme and further details please click here. PA members will receive a 25% discount on tickets; use the code TheMarkets2015SpecialPAUK when registering here.
29th International Rights Directors Meeting, 13th October 2015
This year’s Rights Directors Meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th October 2015, 14:00 - 17:00.
Speakers will include:

  • Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, International HarperCollins (US)
  • Anne Solange Noble, Rights Director, Éditions Gallimard (France)
  • Rebecca Byers, Rights Director, Éditions PLON-PERRIN (France)

For more details about the programme and speakers please click here.  Please contact Iris Klose for any further information via telephone: +49 (0) 69 2102-236 or email:
Stand Reception at Frankfurt Book Fair, 14th October 2015
In celebration of the 31st International Publishers Congress which will take place during the London Book Fair 2016; the PA and LBF will be hosting a stand reception at Frankfurt Book Fair. Join us at stands 6.0 B 125 and 6.0 B 126 on Wednesday 14th October, 17:30 – 18:30!
Digital Piracy – Challenges and Opportunities in Protecting Copyright, October 15th 2015
Join the PA’s Claire Anker as she discusses issues with digital piracy as well as exploring what remedies are available to counterct it. For more information about the event and how to register for a place, please click here.
PA, AAP & IPA Anti-Piracy Breakfast, 16th October 2015
The PA, AAP and IPA will host an Anti-Piracy breakfast from 08:00-10:00 on 16th October 2015. The event will be held in Room Kontakt on C1 of the Congress Centre. Tickets are free but places must be reserved via Eventbrite here.
IPA Educational Publishers Forum:  Open Meeting, 16th October 2015
The IPA EPF Open Meeting will take place on Friday 16th October from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Room ‘Kontact’ on C1 of the Congress Centre.  Introduced by Jay Diskey, Association of American Publishers and IPA EPF Chair, speakers will include Kate Edwards, Association of Canadian Publishers, on the PwC report and Canadian educational publishing; Jorge Abiva Garcia, Abiva Publishing, on Philippine educational publishing; Jay himself on student data privacy in the NL and US; and Ildiko Torok, Mozaik Education, on innovative education.
This will be followed by the first meeting of the Asia-Pacific Educational Publishers Forum to be held from 1pm to 3pm on 16 October in Room ‘Effekt’, Hall 3, Level EC.



Digital Tools for Global Growth Master Class, Tuesday 13th October 2015 

Digital Marketing is a cost-effective and essential tool in growing overseas sales. This full-day master Class will show you how to optimise and localise your international website for new countries and different languages as well as how to build a social media plan. An exclusive 20% discount is available for First time Exporters (Passport to Export) clients, for further information please email
Co-Publishing with the European Union
The European Union has recently published a new call for Expressions of Interest aimed at publishers who may be interested in producing co-publications in partnership with them. To access the Call please visit the Publications Office homepage here.  The EU welcomes applications from all publishers based in the EU. If you have any questions, please contact the Publications Office via email at
Call for English language Teaching Providers
UKTI is planning the next Education Export Capability Event and are calling for ELT providers to indicate their availability via this Doodle Poll to fix a date. The previous event, which took place in June 2015, focused on ELT in Latin America. Attendees were also able to network with their peers and share their experiences over refreshments and lunch. Further communications regarding the event will be distributed once a date has been set. 



New Cross-Media Business Training Opportunity

The National Film and Television School’s unique cross-media business training course is open for now taking applications for its fourth year, starting in February 2016. The 10 month Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives course is taught across 60 days by over 100 major speakers from publishing, film, television, games, music, theatre and digital entertainment. It gives participants all the personal and professional tools to build businesses or new company ventures across all the creative sectors and move between them with ease. Designed to fit around a work schedule or running a small business, participants have gone on to executive positions or launched innovative start-up businesses. For more information please visit:    


PA, EPC & BESA Conference 2015, Tuesday 17th November 2015

Nick Gibb MP, Minister for Schools, is the Keynote speaker at this year’s educational publishing conference offered by The Publishers Association’s Educational Publishers Council and the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).  This one-day conference will be held at No. 11 Cavendish Square, London W1 on Tuesday 17 November.  It comes a year after Mr Gibb, then Minister of State for School Reform, clearly endorsed the role of the textbook in delivering excellent educational outcomes.  He also challenged publishers in England to improve the quality of textbook publishing - the debate which followed has resulted in a publisher-led drive to draw up Quality Guidelines for most curriculum subjects.  This conferences will explore this work, and also tackle GCSE/A level reform, the work of the primary assessment commission and the international experience.  More information is on the PA website - registration is now open so please click through to book.
31st International Publishers Congress, 10th – 12th April 2016
Organised by the PA, IPA and LBF; the 31st IPA Congress will be held 10th – 12th April 2016 during the London Book Fair. The event will feature leading publishers, authors, technologists, policy makers and influencers from the entire book chain. Further details about the programme will be published here. Further details about speakers and last year’s talks will be available here. The Early bird discount ends on 31st October 2016.
London Book Fair, 2017
With plans underway London Book Fair 2016, dates for the 2017 Fair have been announced. LBF 2017 will take place at Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th March, at Olympia, London. For more details on the dates and times please click here.



Staff Development with the Publishing Training Centre, October 2015

Places are still available on the following PTC courses during October. Upcoming programmes include:-

  • Editing Digital Products  (9th Oct 2015)
  • Introduction to Editorial Skills (12th Oct 2015)
  • User Needs Analysis for Publishers (13th Oct 2015)

Contact Peter McKay on or visit the website for full details.
14th Ebooks Conference, 9th  October 2015
The 14th annual Ebooks Conference will be held on Friday 9 October at the University of  Strathclyde, Glasgow.  Speakers include Dr Frank Huysmans, Chair, Expert Group for E-reading with the European Commission who provided analysis for A Review of Publishing Library E-Lending Models, and Professor Jon Rogers, Professor of Creative Technology, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.  Click through for the programme and registration.  
Book Aid international’s Literary Quiz Night, 14th October 2015
Hosted by writer, broadcaster and Sunday Times Children’s Books Editor, Nicolette Jones, join Book Aid for a night of literary fun to support Book Aid International’s work in promoting libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. Prepare yourself for a fiendish quiz, delicious finger buffet and the chance to enjoy stunning views of the river by night. The event will be held at Dogget’s Coat & Badge in Thomas Doggett’s Bar. Doors will open at 6pm for a 7pm start and entry is £15 per person (teams of six max.) For further information and to book your place, please contact Jenny Hayes on 020 7326 5801 or email:
21st Century Assessment, 3rd  November 2015
This conference from Policy-UK on high-stakes testing, eMarking and eAssessment is to be held in central London as the first round of reformed GCSE, AS and A level courses are being taught.  Attendees will discuss the impact of these reforms on students and their implications for university admissions; how e-marking and assessment can create a fairer system and the challenges to implementation; what the UK can learn from successful approaches to education worldwide; and how to build an education system fit for the needs of digital native school children. Click here for more programme detail and to book a place (fees range from standard at £400 + VAT to concessionary). 
Getting the Right Rights, 12th November 2015
This course is designed to guide those responsible for permissions clearance to tackle the process more effectively, help them understand the importance of licensed rights, and increase their confidence in dealing with this increasingly complex task. For more information and to book, please click here.
PLS Workshop on Permissions, 14th November 2015
Rights and permissions experts Clare Hodder and Ruth Tellis are running workshops for PLS on Straightforward permissions: getting the basics right and maximising your income on Monday 14th September and Monday 9th November from 10:00 – 16:00. The sessions are aimed at publishing staff who deal with permissions alongside their core function, and those new to licensing roles.  Aspects of permissions they will tackle include doing the deal; licensing and charging strategies; how and when to review pricing and licensing rules; and how to apply UK copyright law to permissions licensing. To book and for further information, please visit the PLS website.
Publishing Strategy Toolkit, 24th - 25th November 2015
Delivered by Kay Symons; this two-day introduction to crucial competitive strategic thinking for print or digital publishers is for anyone charged with maximising the success of a list or market segment and competing effectively. For more information and to book, please click here

More Dates For Your Diary 

ALPSP Training Courses
Introduction to Journals Publishing                21st Oct 2015

PLS Events and Training Courses
Collective Licensing: Back to Basics               28th Oct 2015
All publishers based in the Midlands              19th Nov 2015
STM and academic publishers                       16th Dec 2015

BIC Events and Training Courses
EDItEUR’s 37th Supply Chain Seminar 2015        13th Oct 2015
BIC Batch 2015                                                   18th Nov 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 Dec 2015

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