Sunday, 31 December 2017

PA News

Since the last edition of PA's PR, the PA has published a report from Frontier Economics on the value of the UK publishing industry, the winners of the Parliamentary Book Awards have now been announced and a report on the transition to open access has shown that over a third of UK-authored research articles are now freely available on publication. Meanwhile the PA is hosting an unconscious bias workshop in February and has published a new mini market report on the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


The value of UK publishing
A report commissioned by the PA from Frontier Economics on the value of publishing, has revealed that the publishing industry generates up to £7.8bn GVA for the wider UK economy and supports more than 70,000 jobs in direct, indirect and induced impact. The report, which was published last week, has also shown that the publishing industry is highly productive compared to the wider economy, with the GVA per worker standing at £112,800, more than twice the national average. Meanwhile 57% of total publishing turnover (2.9bn) comes from export revenues, with 70% of these exports to countries outside the EU.
Parliamentary Book Awards winners
Nick Clegg, Harriet Harman and Brendan Cox have been announced the winners of the BA and PA's Parliamentary Book Awards, as voted for by MPs and members of the House of Lords. Nick Clegg won Best Non-Fiction by a Parliamentarian for How to Stop Brexit in which he explains how this ‘historic mistake’ can be reversed; Harriet Harman has been awarded Best Memoir by a Parliamentarian for A Woman’s Work, which spans the entire career of Britain's longest-serving female MP; and Brendan Cox took home Best Political Book by a Non-Parliamentarian for Jo Cox: More in Common, an impassioned portrait of his late wife, murdered MP, Jo Cox.
Open Access report
Over a third (37%) of UK-authored research articles were freely available immediately on publication last year, research published this week from University UK’s Open Access Co-ordination Group has shown. Meanwhile 53% of UK-authored articles were available after 24 months. This puts the UK ahead of global averages on open access publishing, where just 24% of research was freely available in 2016 and 32% after 24 months. The research also showed that the proportion of articles published Gold Open Access has risen from 12% in 2012 to 30% in 2016, with the take-up in hybrid journals rising especially sharply. More than half of UK articles in 2016 were published in hybrid journals. 
Unconscious bias workshop
The PA is hosting an afternoon workshop led by expert Femi Otitoju, Training Director of Challenge Consultancy, to provide publishers with the knowledge and skills they need to minimise the impact of unconscious bias on the way they make decisions. This workshop uses real-life examples and interactive exercises to ensure the participants develop practical strategies to reduce personal and organisational unconscious bias. The workshop will take place on 22 February from 1pm to 4.30pm at the PA's offices. Tickets are free for members or £75 + VAT for non-members. Email Eliza for your discount code.
Mini Market Report
The PA has now published its mini market report on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, exclusive to PA members and GPI subscribers. Please log in to view the report here.


PA workshop: Evershed on Sanctions
10 January 2018, London

32nd International Publishers Congress
10-14 February 2018, New Delhi

PA UK Pavilion at Taipei International Book Exhibition
6-11 February 2018, Taipei

BIC Realtime (APIs / Web Services) PlugFest
16 January 2018, London

Metadata Power
7 February 2018, London

The next steps for delivering open access
20 February 2018, London

PA Workshop: Unconscious Bias Training
22 February 2018, London

Researcher to Reader
26-27 February 2018, London

Business Book Awards
16 March 2018, London

PA Stand at Bologna Children's Book Fair
26-29 March 2018, Bologna

PA Services at The London Book Fair
10-12 April 2018, London

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Saturday, 30 December 2017

bookbaby newsletters

Here are the latest bookbaby newsletters for my followers to peruse:


The Weekend Edition
It’s a good morning to spread some holiday cheer. So let’s take a break from the usual writing or publishing message this morning so that I can highlight some very worthwhile book charities.

Little Free Library
Todd Boll started Little Free Library as a tribute to his schoolteacher mother’s love of reading. He built a model of a schoolhouse, filled it with books, and mounted it in front of his house for neighbors to exchange reading materials. Following a motto of “Take a book. Leave a book.,” the concept spread across the Midwest and beyond. Today, there are over 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and over 70 countries. Little Free Library is a registered nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. To learn more about how this worldwide movement got started, go here.

First Book
Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 3 million children every year and supports more than one in four of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need. First Book members also work in shelters and health clinics, libraries, community programs, military support programs, and other settings serving a majority of children in need. Go here to learn more.

Book Aid International
This charity supplies books, donated by publishers, to public, community and school libraries across Africa. By partnering with national library services, government departments, and NGOs, they can send up to one million brand new, carefully selected books to Africa each year. In many communities, books are scarce and public, community, and school libraries have limited budgets and few new books. Book Aid International provides books that enrich, improve, and change the lives of an estimated 24 million readers every year. Learn how you can participate here.

During this warm holiday season, I invite BookBaby community members to join me in supporting these tremendous programs to promote world literacy.

Happy holidays from your friends at BookBaby!

All the best,
Steven Spatz
Steven Spatz
President, BookBaby


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