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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22 July 2020

Publishers Association Yearbook 2019

2019 was publishing's best year ever with total publishing sales reaching £6.3bn and growth across every sector. The Publishers Association Yearbook 2019 contains statistical analysis of publisher revenue for consumer, education, and academic books and journals with 100+ accompanying tables and graphs.

01 July 2020

Children, young people and audiobooks before and during lockdown

New research by the National Literacy Trust shows that audiobooks have the potential to be a key resource for children’s literacy and wellbeing. Even if children struggle with reading, audiobooks allow them to access the benefits of books including developing their vocabulary, developing empathy, helping them learn how to express themselves and accessing educational content.…