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PA's PR 31st August 2016

PA's PR 31st August 2016

Since the last issue of PA’s PR, the Publishers Association has travelled to China as part of the IP Minister's UK delegation, signed up more Reading Ambassadors in Edinburgh, and published research which highlights the importance of China in the journal market. Meanwhile an article criticising young adult fiction has sparked a debate about the genre and the Metropolitan police have launched a scheme to give books to prisoners held in police custody.


Chinese research powers ahead

Chinese research is powering ahead, the PA's China Journals report has revealed. While in 2000 the country spent about as much as France on R&D, today it spends more than the 28 EU member states combined. China is also second only to the US in terms of international citations and is likely to overtake America in the next couple of years. The report also showed that Chinese publishers are launching an increasing number of English language journals in a bid to raise China's international profile. The market is also experiencing a shift to digital, with online journal sales rising 17% in 2014 to1.43 billion yuan. Read the full report here.

The PA travels to China

The PA accompanied IP Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe on her delegation to China last week, including travelling to the Beijing International Book Fair where we received a certificate to mark the PA's 30 years of unbroken attendance. At the book fair the PA organised the UK Pavilion, which had a record 27 exhibitor stands, and co-hosted the UK reception alongside the Department of International Trade, the China-Britain Business Council and the Publishers Association of China, which was attended by 145 guests. Later this year the PA will be taking another group to China for the China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair.

Reading Ambassador tour continues

The PA’s Reading Ambassador campaign continued its tour of literary festivals in the UK, visiting the Storybox tent at Edinburgh International Book Festival. Our Campaigns Manager Seonaid Macleod was on hand over the weekend to speak to book-lovers about how they can help their friends, family and colleagues learn to love reading and how the Reading Ambassador campaign can help readers. We also wrote a guest blog for the Libraries Taskforce which provided more information about why we are running the campaign and detailing our progress so far. To become a Reading Ambassador, sign up here for monthly top tips.

Row over young adult fiction

An article in TES accusing young adult publishers of "systematically depriv[ing]" generations from becoming literate adults, has sparked a fierce debate about the genre. Education consultant Joe Nutt said YA fiction was "gossip fodder" which recycled "petty anxieties". But others were quick to disagree. YA author Francesca Simon told the Today programme that teen fiction respects teenagers by allowing them to explore issues in their own lives, while author Juno Dawson said YA provides a link "from the safety of children's fiction to the unpredictable content of adult novels". Fans also jumped to defend the genre.

Police give prisoners free books

The Metropolitan police have set up a scheme to offer a range of titles to prisoners in police custody for free. The 'Books in the Nick' scheme will run in prisons across London, with charity Give a Book providing prisoners access to over 30 books. The titles include classics such as The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird and Animal Farm, as well as poetry, short stories and graphic novels. The charity said it tried to select books appropriate for the particular situation.The scheme was thought up by special constable Steve Whitmore, after a teenager he arrested asked to borrow a book to read while he was in custody.

#Workinpublishing week

We’re running #workinpublishing week again, from Monday 14th November, and would love to hear from you if you want to help highlight careers and opportunities available in publishing. We’re looking for members to provide top tips, blogs, interviews and to host Twitter chats leading up to, and throughout Work In Publishing week. E-mail Seonaid MacLeod for more details and look out for our first blog on our website and via @PublishersAssoc.


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

Building Inclusivity in Publishing, 15 November 2016, London

International Copyright Breakfast at Frankfurt Book Fair, 21 October 2016, Frankfurt

The Arts+ at Frankfurt Book Fair, 19-23 October 2016, Frankfurt

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

China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair, 18 - 20 November, Shanghai

BIC New Trends in Publishing Seminar, 6 September 2016, London

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