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PA's PR 21st December 2016

PA's PR 21st December 2016

Since the last edition of PA's PR, HMRC has said it will not retrospectively charge publishers VAT on colouring books, a line-up of events for Academic Book Week has been announced, the Baltic countries have been confirmed as the Market Focus for the 2018 London Book Fair and the PA's Stephen Lotinga has been listed in the Bookseller 100 of the most influential people in publishing. Meanwhile Creative Accesscould face closure after the government withdrew more than £2m of funding and the Man Booker Prize 2017 judges have been revealed.


New guidance on colouring book VAT

HMRC has said it will not retrospectively charge publishers VAT on colouring books published before 1 April 2017. The updated guidance said all colouring books will be zero-rated, other than those which have content deemed as being only suitable for adults or are sold or advertised as being for 'adults' or 'grown-ups'. The PA has been discussing the issue with HMRC for some time and our Chief Executive Stephen Lotingawelcomed the "constructive manner" in which that consultation was undertaken. He said the solution proposed "will ensure that the vast majority of colouring books remain free from VAT".

Academic Book Week
Events hosted by Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, UCL Press, the Booksellers Association, Lincoln University, Blackwell’s, The London Book Fair and Springer Nature are among this year’s Academic Book Week line-up.  If you would like to propose an event to take place during Academic Book Week, please Meanwhile the BA is looking for nominations for its award for the Academic Bookshop of the Year, which has been brought forward this year so it can be presented during Academic Book Week.Nominations are open until Friday 6 January.

Baltic countries Market Focus for LBF 2018

The Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - have been confirmed as the Market Focus for the London Book Fair 2018, to mark a century since their independence. The London Book Fair hasalso announced that the fair will take place on the 10 -12 April 2018. The Market Focus Baltic Countries will be divided into two streams: a professional programme designed to enable and enhance business opportunities, and a series of cultural events celebrating Baltic authors and books. The London Book Fair Market Focus programme is run in partnership with the British Council and the Publishers Association.

Stephen Lotinga on the Bookseller 100
The PA's Chief Executive Stephen Lotinga has been added to this year's Bookseller 100, an annual list of the most influential people in publishing. According to the Bookseller, Stephen was chosen due to the PA's importance in getting "industry consensus on regulatory matters to put forward publishing's case to government" at a time when the ramifications of Brexit are set to rumble on. PA and Sage President Stephen Barr, Society of Authors President Philip Pullman, Publishing Scotland CEO Marion Sinclair, Wiley CEO Mark Allin and Clays MD Paul Hulley, also made the list due to their crucial Brexit role.


Creative Access funding cut
The government has withdrawn more than £2m of funding from diversity charity Creative Access, which has placed more than 700 interns with over 270 companies. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills used to provide around 30% of the charity's funding, but this June responsibility for this was moved to the Department of Education. Last week DfE informed the charity that it would no longer continue to fund its work as it was focusing on apprenticeships. Creative Access has said it is facing closure following the decision. A petition has been launched to save the charity, which has secured over 2,500 signatures.


Man Booker 2017 judges announced
Novelist Sarah Hall and artist Tom Phillips are among the five judges who have been announced for next year's Man Booker fiction award. Travel writer Colin Thubron and literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh are also on the panel. Baroness Lola Young, who is chairing the panel, said that it was "a real privilege" to embark on this "great adventure with such an accomplished panel of judges". The longlist of 12 or 13 books will be announced in July next year, the shortlist of six books will be out in September and the winner will be announced in October. It will be the 49th year of the Man Booker, which carries a prize of £50,000.


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