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  • Website - Avatar - 200x200 Axe the Reading Tax.png Axe the Reading Tax: eVAT Freedom DayToday is a hugely significant day for UK readers. As of today, which we've dubbed eVAT Freedom Day, the UK is finally able to end a longstanding inconsistency between the way digital and print... 04 December 2018
  • Website - Avatar - 200x200 BIP18.png Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference 2018 Line-Up AnnouncedLondon, 2 November 2018: The London Book Fair and the Publishers Association have announced the line-up of speakers who will take part in the Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference on 27... 06 November 2018
  • Artboard 38.png PA staff elected to IPA CommitteesTwo PA staff members were appointed to key Committees of the International Publishers Association (IPA) at their General Assembly held at Frankfurt Book Fair. 02 November 2018
  • Vanessa Wheeler avatar.png How a Short Course Helped Commence my CareerIn April, the Publishers Association sponsored my place on the four day Get into Book Publishing Course at University College London. 02 November 2018
  • Helen Speedy.jpg Helen Speedy supports the Spare Room ProjectI'm really delighted to be hosting my third Spare Room Project intern in June. Not being a Londoner by upbringing, I am sympathetic to the challenges facing anyone looking to enter the industry from... 31 October 2018
  • Gloria Icon.png Gloria Bailey on Beijing Book FairA blog from Overseas Trade Fair Manager on Beijing Book Fair 29 September 2018
  • Eliza Kavanagh avatar.png New trends in publishingEarlier this month, we were delighted to attend BIC's New Trends in Publishing Seminar at Stationer's Hall in London. 28 September 2018
  • Yearbook avatar.png Value of UK publishing industry increases 5% to £5.7bnThe UK publishing industry had a record-breaking year in 2017, with income up 5% to £5.7bn, according to new figures released today by the Publishers Association. 30 July 2018
  • Dan Conway.jpg Summer recess brings some temporary respite for Westminster and WhitehallAs SW1 hauls itself over the line into the summer recess, there will be a huge sigh of relief from Number 10. 25 July 2018
  • Guide to the best new childrens books.png Guide to the Best New Children's Books 2018Pick up a copy of the guide to the Best New Children's Books in The Guardian this Saturday 16 June or call into your local bookshop or library to find it and the recommended titles. 02 July 2018
  • World Book Day.png World Book Day and publishingAs co-founder of World Book Day, we are proud to support the charity's work year-round and on the day itself. Check out the #ShareAStory campaign to see publishers promoting reading for pleasure. 02 July 2018
  • Florence Reeves White.png Work experience at Penguin Random HouseFlorence Reeves-White shares her lessons learnt from work experience at Penguin Random House. 29 June 2018
  • Young Stationers' Awards.png Young Stationers' Awards open for nominationsNominate a member of your team who is under 40 and working in publishing, digital or design Young Stationers' Awards. Entries close Friday 22 June. 29 June 2018
  • William Bowes head-shoulders high res.jpg Making educational materials copyright free will harm education here's whyAt last week's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, many delegates asked for educational materials to be made... 26 June 2018
  • faber and faber.png Guest Blog: Inclusivity at FaberFaber & Faber today pledged a commitment to inclusivity across the organisation by announcing a raft of initiatives. 26 June 2018
  • Megaphone writers at LBF 2017 Graduating from MegaphoneWriter Avantika Taneja reflects on her experience of the writer development scheme, Megaphone. 26 June 2018
  • Emma House.png How can textbooks help raise attainment and reduce inequalities?Read Emma House's summary of the International Textbook summit hosted by the Department for Education and Cambridge Assessment. 19 June 2018
  • Great.jpg DIT to support BrambleKids, Fil Rouge Press and SplashMaps at the 1st New York Rights FairThe DIT is supporting three UK companies at the New York Rights Fair, who will be exhibiting at the UK pavilion... 06 June 2018
  • GDPR-Toolkit-logo-inverted-for-newsletter.png The Publishers Association launches data protection toolkitThe Publishers Association is today launching a new online toolkit for members to help them prepare for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will introduce widespread changes... 25 May 2018
  • Stephen Lotinga.jpg Textbooks are a vital teaching tool and must not be a victim of classroom austerityThe unmanageable increase in teacher workload has been well documented over the past few years, leading to reports that schools are struggling to both attract and retain new teachers. 15 May 2018
  • LBF2018-100.jpg Round-up: The London Book Fair 2018The PA convened a number of events and participated in a range of activity at The London Book Fair 2018. Read on for a full round-up of our week and photos. 15 May 2018
  • Charlie Redmayne HarperCollins (AGM 2018) (2).jpg Incoming President Charlie Redmayne calls on publishers to adopt literacy 'cold spots'Incoming president Charlie Redmayne (CEO of HarperCollins) delivered his first address to members at our Annual General Meeting, outlining the key themes of his presidency: copyright, competition and... 09 May 2018
  • Book nick.jpg Guest Blog: Books in the NickBooks in the Nick was started by Give a Book in collaboration with Special Constable Steve Whitmore of the Metropolitan Police. 03 May 2018
  • Blueprint for UK Publishing.png The PA launches a blueprint for UK publishingThe Publishers Association launches blueprint for UK publishing with 10 priorities for government if the £7.8bn UK publishing industry is to make the most of global free trade opportunities after... 03 May 2018
  • CCML2018.png Charles Clark Memorial Lecture 2018Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip delivered the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture at the 2018 London Book Fair. Watch the full speech. 27 April 2018
  • Gloria Bailey.jpg Book Fairs UpdateThis month in book fair news, International Trade Fairs Manager Gloria Bailey talks fellowship programmes and big news as two major international fairs join forces. 27 April 2018
  • PA_AnnualReport_2017-01.jpg 2017 Annual Report highlights inclusivity measures, copyright protection and BrexitThe Annual Report 2017 shows our activity and priorities over the last year, including the launch of the 10 point inclusivity action plan, our work on the impact of Brexit and progress made in... 25 April 2018
  • William Bowes.jpg Piracy, privacy and the Digital CharterThe UK government recently launched its Digital Charter, designed to make the UK a great place to operate and innovate in the digital space, while managing the risks associated with the internet. 14 March 2018
  • William Bowes head-shoulders high res.jpg Data and publishing: helping you prepare for GDPRData is an increasingly essential tool for all of us involved in the world of publishing. 14 March 2018
  • Martina Borg.jpg Martina Borg on her Spare Room Project experienceThe Spare Room Project was a lifesaver for Martina as a student living in Oxford and interning in London. Although the commute is essentially doable, it would have been incredibly hectic for... 07 March 2018
  • Hamza Jahanzeb.jpg Hamza Jahanzeb on his Spare Room Project experienceBeing based in Lancashire, Hamza was very grateful for the Spare Room Project, as it allowed him to partake in internships he would not have had the chance to complete otherwise. 07 March 2018
  • Ben KingCox.jpg Ben King-Cox on his Spare Room Project experienceThe Spare Room Project is such a blessing for those of us looking to get publishing experience in London. It is promoted with the kind of inclusive attitude that must be bringing the best aspiring... 07 March 2018
  • Julia Kathro.jpg What is a trade association?Our intern Julia Kathro reflects on her experience at the Publishers Association. 07 December 2017
  • Spare Room Project Tabitha Ives.PNG Tabitha Ives on her Spare Room Project experienceLiving in Suffolk and studying in Birmingham, I am lucky enough to live only short train journeys away from London. While this is ideal for day trips, looking into commuting in and out of London... 23 October 2017
  • Logo for Spare Room Project.jpg Amy Edwards on her Spare Room Project experienceHaving just graduated from university, Amy felt the need to get some extra experience under her belt to help her secure a position in publishing, which she achieved thanks to the Spare Room Project. 16 October 2017
  • Spare Room Project Juliet Peacock.jpeg Juliet Peacock on her Spare Room Project experienceOn a rather rainy February day, Juliet got the email she had been hoping for since January: the notification that her application for work experience had been successful. 09 October 2017
  • Rachel Wade.jpg Rachel Wade supports the Spare Room ProjectThe Spare Room Project is a simple, community-based idea to help with publishers' diversity problem and also a way for people further on in their career to give something back. So: everyone wins! 02 October 2017
  • Egmont-new.jpg Guest Blog: Egmont supports local primary schoolA year ago, staff started doing volunteer reading at their closest primary school, Avondale Park. 20 September 2017
  • pic.png Paul Stark supports the Spare Room ProjectPaull has really enjoyed being involved with the Spare Room Project as a way to meet new people keen to get into the industry and to be a part of something that's aiming to make the industry... 15 September 2017
  • Emma House.jpg What's so Special about Special Sales?Over the past years we've seen much talk in the trade press about special sales, so we're taking this opportunity to run through the benefits of special sales, both to the publisher and also to the... 13 September 2017
  • Spare Room Project Sian Devine (square).jpeg Sian Devine on her Spare Room Project experienceBorn and raised in the city of Manchester I am fortunate in so many ways. But unfortunately, a large proportion of publishing opportunities arise in London, and when it comes to internships and work... 10 July 2017
  • Stephen Lotinga.jpg How the academic book trade can prove its value in an era of marketisationThe release of our annual figures last month showed that the publishing industry really is in great health. 31 May 2017
  • Max Porter.jpg Guest blog: Why publishing mattersIt is hard not to feel conflicted about publishing. Feeling conflicted is healthy. In this current global crisis some thoughts of futility are inevitable. What's the point of publishing books... 23 March 2017
  • Sarah Stanton.jpg Guest blog: Publishing ShakespeareWhen people ask me what my job is, and I reply that I publish the Shakespeare list at Cambridge University Press, they often look puzzled, 'Don't we know all the plays already?' 19 March 2017
  • B Denne.jpg Career Spotlight: Taylor & FrancisThe Editorial Director of Humanities, Media & Arts Books, the Books Production Editorial Manager and the Editor of Medieval and Early Modern History discuss their roles at Taylor & Francis. 14 March 2017
  • Brendan.jpg Guest Blog: Academic publishing is my vocationWhat makes someone want to be an academic publisher? Is it possible for academic publishing to be a vocation? 06 March 2017
  • Emma Axelsson headshot.jpg Emma Axelsson on her Spare Room Project experienceSuffolk is hardly another world away from London. A train journey from my local station directly to London Liverpool Street clocks in at just under an hour. However, in the world of publishing work... 01 March 2017
  • Buchmesse_2014_3423.JPG Guest blog: The future of the academic bookCommercial publishers handle the majority of all published academic books. And while we continue to work like companies, while we are part of the interplay between supply and demand, at the same time... 23 January 2017
  • Stephen.jpg Brexit speech: What it means for publishingOver the past six months we have all become familiar with the Prime Minister's mantra that 'Brexit means Brexit'. 17 January 2017
  • Stephen.jpg Why we launched the Textbook ChallengeLast week the Publishers Association launched a challenge: for every school child in England to have access to textbooks in the main subjects 02 December 2016
  • Joanna Prior.jpg Tackling the reading challenge togetherToday the Publishers Association is one of a consortium of organisations putting its name to a new strategy paper that seeks to ensure that every child in this country can read well by the time they... 15 November 2016
  • Square photo of Connor Brown.png Connor Brown on his Spare Room Project experiencePublishing in the North is alive and well. Thriving, even. But it's fair to say that London, as it is in many industries, is the place to be for job opportunities. 27 September 2016
  • World book day.png World Book Day is a Phenomenon -- a look back at the 2016 campaignWorld Book Day is a Phenomenon -- a look back at the 2016 campaign 01 September 2016
  • Emma House.jpg UK-China Copyright WeekThe PA was privileged to have been part in the recent UK-China Copyright Week in China in which the publishing industry played a key role in a series of activities led by Dr Ros Lynch, Director of... 01 September 2016
  • AlisonB.jpg Guest Blog: Universities, Publishing and The Government5th May 2015 - Coalitions, the NHS and our place in Europe (or not) seem to be emerging as the political issues of the moment, but another issue around which all the parties tend to have firm... 01 September 2016
  • RM blog post Digital Uber Alles?PA Chief Executive, Richard Mollet, explores self publishing in the digital age. 01 September 2016
  • RM blog post Tackling Infringement: a Game of Two Halves?27th July 2015, The creative industries are turning the tide against infringement, but the battle is far from won. 01 September 2016
  • RM blog post This Political Spring Promises Fresh ChallengesThe sun-tans are fading, school shoes are getting their first airing and policy statements are being dusted down and honed for the coming months of debate. 01 September 2016
  • RM blog post Dealing with the (New) Labour LeadershipIt is ironic that the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party is causing a more dramatic change in UK politics than the General Election result in May. 01 September 2016
  • RM blog post BBC Charter ReviewThe central project of the Conservative Government's DCMS team BBC Charter Review passed a milestone last week, with the closing of the public consultation. 01 September 2016
  • Seonaid.jpg Tackling Diversity: A PA WorkshopAt the end of September, The Publishers Association and EQUIP, in association with Creative Skillset and Creative Access held a slightly out-of-the-ordinary diversity event. We wanted to hear from... 01 September 2016
  • RM blog post The sneaky elision at the heart of European Copyright ReformReading a leaked policy document from the European Commission feels a bit like taking a peek at someone's diary. 01 September 2016
  • Stephen.jpg Stephen Lotinga: the first 100 daysStephen Lotinga: the first 100 days. Approaching my 100th day at The Publishers Association offers an opportune moment to share my first impressions of the job and to set out some priorities for... 01 September 2016
  • Stephen.jpg Publishing industry reacts to BrexitWhen I joined The Publishers Association I was determined that we would try to listen to all of our members views, particularly on those issues that matter most... 04 August 2016
  • Joanna Prior.jpg UK Publishing: 2016 and BeyondUK publishing is in rude health. It is currently worth £4.3bn to the UK economy, of which well over a third is now coming from digital sales proof that our industry has adapted and embraced the... 02 February 2016
  • RM blog post Publishing: the first Among EqualsIt is with great wistfulness that I write my final blog for The PA's website and bid farewell to very many friends and colleagues in The PA and beyond. 15 January 2016
  • Jo Prior.jpg International Literacy Day 2015While it may seem that every campaign and initiative now has a 'Day', for me, today, International Literacy Day, is one which deserves extra attention and focus. 08 September 2015
  • Charlie Redmayne Blog Pic.jpg Getting into PublishingHarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne provides a valuable insight into what publishers are looking for when recruiting. 02 July 2015
  • CollinH.jpg Books Ain't Dead - Long Live the Adaptive Platform28th April 2015, 'And what do you do for a living?' 'Well, I publish textbooks.' 'Really? That must be a struggle now you can get it all free online? 28 April 2015
  • RM blog post What May May Bring?24th April 2015, We are less than two weeks away from the general election and with the polls stubbornly refusing to betray a preference for either of the two main parties, those on the fringe... 24 April 2015
  • RM blog post A Perfect Storm26th March 2015, A perfect storm is brewing in Brussels. On 6th May the European Commission will publish its long awaited White Paper on the Digital Single Market. 26 March 2015
  • Our New Website19th March 2015, The appearance of a website is a pretty good indicator of its year of provenance, with the design cues and functionality of a site acting like annular rings on a tree stump. 19 March 2015
  • Richard Chrakin.jpg IPA President Richard Charkin highlights priorities30th January 2015, Richard Charkin, the new President of the International Publishers Association (and former President of The Publishers Association) sets out his priorities for the organisation. 30 January 2015
  • RichardMolletsmallpic.jpg Five for Fifteen07 January 2015, As well as being the Australian way of describing a likely England cricket score, here is a brief run-down of what we at The PA think will be the five most important things for us in... 07 January 2015
  • 2014Catch up on the PA's views and commentary from 2014. 01 January 2015
  • Reshuffle leaves industry with a new challengeReshuffle leaves industry with a new challenge 21 July 2014
  • Good? Publishing is great!Good? Publishing is great! 25 June 2014