The Publishers Association’s Annual Report 2019

Front cover of the Publishers Association's Annual Report 2019 featuring an illustration of flying books

The Publishers Association’s Annual Report for 2019 demonstrates an excellent year for the association and its members. In addition to protecting the UK’s gold standard copyright framework, we continued to demonstrate the value of UK publishing to the nation’s economy, culture and society. In particular, our letter to the Chancellor signed by 90 MPs lay the foundations for the Treasury to remove VAT from digital publications. We also delivered a robust events programme combining receptions for publishers and parliamentarians in the House of Commons with one-on-one engagement with our key ministerial stakeholders and responded to key developments with detailed insight and guidance for both members and non-members to prepare them for a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

I remain confident that the UK’s publishers have the skills, ideas and passion to emerge from this stronger and making an even bigger contribution to our country.

Peter Phillips, President of the Publishers Association and CEO of Cambridge University Press

While the nation looked inward as it tried to resolve the Brexit conundrum, we have sustained a global forward-thinking outlook, sustaining a £6 billion industry through the challenges posed by globalisation and digitisation.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association
Annual Report