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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05 March 2020

Maintaining a world-leading publishing sector

We are delighted that the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Publishing has now launched its latest report Maintaining a World Leading Publishing Sector. Our sincere thanks go to Andrew Lewer MBE MP, who has chaired this process and who has helped us navigate the delays caused by the General Election.

Front cover of Maintaining a World Leading Publishing Sector
30 April 2019

Children, young people and digital reading

Young people most engaged with reading are most likely to read on both paper and screen than their peers with low engagement, finds new research by the National Literacy Trust. A survey of 56,905 children and young people aged 9 to 18 in the UK found that twice as many young people who read above…

22 October 2018

Assessing the case for zero-rating VAT on digital publications

Assessing the Case for Zero-Rating VAT on Digital Publications is a report by independent economic consultancy Frontier Economics. Commissioned by the Publishers Association and Professional Publishers Association, research finds a strong case for zero-rating. Removing VAT on digital publications could save UK consumers up to £210 million each year. It comes in the wake of…

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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01 June 2018

Response to the Treasury Select Committee inquiry into VAT

A book is a book however you read it, and people using digital products should not be discriminated against by legislation that has not kept pace with societal change. The Publishers Association UK readers and learners have long suffered from an unnecessary complexity in the applied VAT regime, with print publications being zero-rated while ebooks…