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PA's PR 7th December 2016

PA's PR 7th December 2016

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the winners of the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards have been revealed, the PA has launched the textbook challenge, calling for every child to have access to a textbook in the main subjects, and publishers have heard about opportunities for collaboration at the PA/BESA education conference. Meanwhile the Accessible Books Consortium is inviting nominations for an award for accessible publishing, publishers have travelled to the Moscow Book Fair and Academic Book Week is looking for the Academic Books That Made Great Britain.


 Parliamentary Book Award winners

Alan Johnson, Margaret Hodge, Melvyn Bragg and John Bew have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards, awarded by The Publishers Association and The Booksellers Association. Johnson won the award for best memoir for his autobiography The Long and Winding Road (Transworld), while Margaret Hodge won best work of non-fiction for her scrutiny of public spending in Called to Account (Little Brown). Lord Melvyn Bragg's historical novel Now is the Time (Sceptre), was named the best work of fiction and John Bew's Citizen Clem (Quercus), a biography of Clement Atlee, was named best political work by a non-parliamentarian. The awards were presented at a reception in the House of Commons.

Textbook Challenge campaign
The PA has launched the textbook challenge, a campaign calling for every child to have access to a textbook in the main subjects. The campaign follows independent survey results which showed that although over 90% of teachers thought textbooks improved pupil attainment and nearly 60% said it would help reduce the time they spend planning for lessons, 63% of teachers could be using textbooks more. Almost half of all teachers said funding strongly impacts their ability to use textbooks more. Read our blog to find out more about why we decided to launch the textbook challenge. Promote the campaign by using the #textbookchallenge hashtag. 

Education publishers conference
Publishers should collaborate with multi-academy trusts to develop effective products, publishers heard at the PA/BESA Shifting Landscapes conference. Andrew Thraves, a trustee of Academies Enterprise Trust said MATs will be the new product innovators and warned that if publishers do not collaborate, they will bypass publishers and "do it themselves". Meanwhile Paul Fairbank, CEO of language support tool Languagenut, encouraged publishers to partner with tech companies, saying "you bring the credibility, and we bring the solution". He added that publishers are increasingly realising they are a distribution business as well as publishers.

Accessible Publishing Award
The Accessible Books Consortium is now inviting nominations for the 2017 Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing. The deadline is 15 December 2016. This award recognises outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications for persons who are print disabled. The International Excellence awards also reward inclusive publishing companies and publishing innovation, among many others.

Moscow International Book Fair
The International Non/Fiction fair kicked off this week in Moscow with the UK as Guest of Honour. The British Council organised a cultural programme with 13 authors speaking both at the fair and in venues outside. The PA had a group of 11 publishers and agents looking to get their works translated into Russian. Following a briefing at the British Embassy about doing business in Russia, publishers were given an overview of the anti-piracy laws and legal measures open to publishers for site-blocking. The fair opened to grand aplomb with a welcome to the UK publishing and literature team.

Academic Books That Made Britain
Academic Book Week is calling for nominations to select the 20 Academic Books That Made Great Britain. The list of books will be published and promoted as part of Academic Book Week 2017, which is organised by the British Library, UCL, Research Libraries UK, the PA, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers and the Booksellers Association. During the first Academic Book Week, which was held in 2015, the list of 20 Academic Books That Changed the World was a major feature of the week and attracted worldwide media coverage. Nominations can be made here until Friday 9th December.

Guadalajara International Book Fair
Almost 50 publishers travelled to the Guadalajara International Book Fair last week, with publishers on the UK Collective Stand reporting a steady stream of appointments with both regular and new contacts. A number of companies on the stand and in the Rights Centre attended the fair for the first time. This year the fair celebrated its 30th anniversary and Latin America, a region rather than a single country, were the Countries of Honour. Books and items typical of each country were on sale as part of the pavilion's display, and a professional and cultural programme. 

Wellcome sign-up deadline for publishers providing OA based on APCs 
The deadline for signing up to requirements from Wellcome on what they expect of publishers providing OA journal articles from Wellcome grant holders is 16 December 2016. Publishers not actively signing up will not be eligible for funding from Wellcome to cover APCs for Wellcome-funded research submitted after 1 April 2017. The full list of requirements is on the Wellcome website, and to sign up publishers should mail with publisher name, contact name, and an assertion that they can meet the requirements (publishers don’t, however, need to have fully implemented any necessary workflow changes by December 16).

Season’s Greetings: write to a writer at risk
 Every year, English PEN encourages supporters to send seasonal greetings to writers at risk and their families. Past recipients have described how these cards can provide much-needed moral support, and a crucial reminder that they have not been forgotten; others have told of how they were afforded better treatment by prison guards as a result of cards flooding in from all over the world. Find out more here.

E-book accessibility audit goes live
An ebook plaform accessibility audit launched in August 2016 and completed in November has gone live.  This joint project between several UK HEI disability and library services, Jisc and representatives from the book supply industry shows results in a dashboard format; it aims to provide an accessibility benchmark, and facilitate conversations between publishers, aggregators, librarians and disability officers. The audit itself was non-technical, involving testing by 33 universities and five suppliers; 44 platforms were tested, 65 publishers covered, and nearly 280 ebooks involved. 

Market Research and Statistics

The November issue of Aid Projects Alert is now available. In this month’s issue there are four new projects, five approvals and three tenders.
Academic and Professional Statistics market snapshot is also available for PA members. Access using your company name and password. 


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