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PA's PR 14th September 2016

PA's PR 14th September 2016

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the Publishers Association has published its Brexit manifesto, the latest Russia mini market profile has shown that UK publishers managed to export £12.7m worth of physical books to Russia in 2015 and World Book Day has launched for its 20th year with a pledge to deliver one million £1 books in 2017. Meanwhile the second Academic Book Week has been announced and the British Council and the Polish Book Institute are looking for UK commissioning editors to travel to Poland for a scoping and study trip.


PA sets out post-Brexit priorities

The PA has set out the publishing industry’s key priorities for negotiations on the UK’s new relationship with the European Union, calling on the government to keep barriers to trade with the EU to an absolute minimum and to publish a clear plan to minimise business uncertainty. The PA is also calling for the government to legislate to create stronger copyright rules, develop new strategies for domestic investment in UK research and ensure publishers and businesses have access to the people and skills they need while taking into account the public's concerns about immigration.

PA publishes Russia mini market profile

UK publishers managed to export £12.7m worth of physical books to the Russian Federation in 2015 despite challenging market conditions, according to the latest PA mini market profile on Russia. However, this compares to exports worth £18.6m in 2014. Meanwhile the profile also shows that in 2015 there were 5,399 publishers in Russia, up 1.4% from the previous year but down 9.8% since 2011. Over 80% of publishers said printing costs rose in 2015, 74% said bookstores were taking fewer books and 67% faced decreased sales. The full report can be downloaded by members here.

World Book Day £1 book line-up

David Walliams, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Julia Donaldson are among the authors writing stories to mark the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, a joint initiative by the PA and the Booksellers Association. The ten official books are aimed at children from pre-school through to young adults. The 2017 titles will feature characters including Peppa Pig, Horrid Henry and the Famous Five. Over the past 19 years World Book Day has delivered 13 million £1 books into young people's hands. The charity aims to increase the number of £1 books it gives away to one million, from 789,738 in 2016. Read our blog to find out more about the 2016 campaign.

Academic Book Week to return in 2017

Academic Book Week is returning for a second year next January, following the success of the 2015 campaign. The week-long showcase of diversity, innovation and influence of academic books will run from 23-28 January. One of the highlights of the week includes the launch of the final report from the Academic Book of the Future project on how scholarly work in the Arts and Humanities will be produced, read, and preserved in coming years. The week is coordinated by the PA, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, the Booksellers Association, the British Library, Midas PR, Research Libraries UK and UCL.


BAMB Readers Awards announced

The PA and the Booksellers Association has announced a new book prize to coincide with the Books Are My Bag Campaign, a campaign which is co-sponsored by the PA. The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards will ask the public to vote for their favourite books across five categories: fiction, non-fiction, biography and autobiography, children's and "breakthrough author". The shortlist will be revealed on 8 October and readers will then be able to vote for their favourites until 14 November, with the winners announced on 24 November. News of the award follows the announcement that the first Bookshop Day will take place on 8 October. 


Call for UK editors to join Poland trip

The British Council and the Polish Book Institute are supporting four UK commissioning editors to travel to Poland for a scoping and study trip in October 2016 during the Conrad Festival and Krakow Book Fair. The trip will give UK Publishers and editors the chance to learn about Polish literature, showcase literature from the UK, gain insights from the market and build long-lasting relationships with their counterparts at Polish publishing houses. The trip will include meetings with Polish editors and rights professionals. Delegates will also be able to meet Polish literary critics, writers and translators. Find out how to apply here.


How can I Share It?

STM is calling on the scholarly community to give feedback on the How Can I Share It? website, which has launched to give researchers information and practical tools to ensure articles can be shared with colleagues quickly and easily.  Currently in Beta, it explores where and how researchers can share material, and will shortly offer more information to those wanting to find out if an article can be shared whilst being consistent with its access and usage rights.  Supporting organisations include Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, Informa, Elsevier, IoP and Oxford University Press. STM would also welcome additional publisher sign-ups for its voluntary principles for article sharing on scholarly collaboration networks.

Guadalajara International Book Fair 26 Nov - 4 Dec 2016

Following the UK being Guest of Honour at the 2015 Guadalajara Book Fair, the PA is organising a UK Collective Stand at this year’s fair. The stand package includes display space, a meeting area and shipping. To help companies with their stand costs, UKTI are offering eligible SME’s grants of £2,500.   Copies of the stand details and the UKTI’s TAP grants are available from our website. There are only two places left.


The Bookseller Children's Conference, 27 September 2016, London

Migrating to Thema: Making the Most of the Global Marketplace, 27 September 2016, London

BIC Webinar: You and Your New ONIX Provider, 27 September 2016, London

Digital Publishing Forum – an introduction to publishing jobs, 28 September 2016, London

An Evening with Jonathan Dimbleby, 29 September 2016, London

Implementing Thema, 4 October 2016, London

Metadata for Beginners, 20 October 2016, London

International Copyright Breakfast, 21 October 2016, Frankfurt

BIC Breakfast: UK Legal Deposit & Digital Publishing, 26 October 2016, London

Stress Test your Digital Strategy, 9 November 2016, London

Building Inclusivity in Publishing, 15 November 2016, London

PA/BESA Educational Publishing Conference - hold the date, 25 November 2016, London