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What We Do

What We Do


Our mission is to strengthen the trading environment for UK publishers by providing a strong voice for the industry in government, in society and with other stakeholders in the UK, Europe and internationally. We provide a forum for the exchange of non‑competitive information between publishers and offer support and guidance to the industry through technological and other changes.

Our core service is representation and lobbying for our members, who represent approximately 80 per cent of the industry by turnover. We are actively involved in issues such as:

  • copyright legislation
  • adapting legislation to digital technology
  • copyright licensing arrangements for education, business and public bodies
  • legislation on VAT, e-commerce and other issues affecting publishers
  • funding for learning and information resources in schools, colleges and universities
  • the promotion of books and reading
  • export promotion of books and journals
  • anti-piracy campaigns (physical and digital)
  • efficiency in supply and marketing
  • the protection of freedom to publish