Publications and research

Our work is supported by a research programme which focuses on highlighting the contribution of the UK publishing industry.

We work with different organisations to deliver research reports on strategic areas of interest for the membership.

Recently, this has included working with economic consultancies, political think tanks and charity partners.

We submit responses to government consultations and select committee inquiries and prepare briefing documents on key issues for our members.

We also collate key industry statistics, including our Publishing Yearbook, and carry out an annual industry workforce survey.

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13 July 2018

Remote e-lending

The government fund that compensates authors for loaning their works for free from public libraries was extended to e-lending in June 2018. This note explains the legal context and highlights other legal developments that may impact this area in the future. We answer the following questions: I hear the Government has legislated to enable remote…

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13 July 2018

Analysis of Government’s Brexit White Paper

In July 2018, the Government published a policy paper on The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. In response, we published our analysis of the White Paper. It summarises the implications for publishing in the event that the EU accepts its recommendations with regards to Brexit. Our analysis touches on: People…

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10 February 2016

Permissions Guidelines

Under UK copyright law, as a general rule, permission should be sought from the rightsholder (usually via the publisher) to reproduce any ‘substantial parts’ of any copyright work (for what are or are not ‘substantial parts’, see below). The Publishers Association Our Permissions Guidelines for UK Publishers aim to assist UK publishers who are approached…