Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The Publishers Association newsletter

With details of book fairs around the world, here is the PA News:

This month in publishing news, textbooks 'pay for themselves' while the BBC announces an education strategy to encourage social mobility in the UK. For those staying at home, The London Book Fair is less than three weeks away while the more adventurous might find themselves at the New York Rights Fair. Finally, there are plenty of opportunities for professional development through free seminars on licensing and digital textbooks.


Textbooks ‘pay for themselves’ if they save teachers 4.5 minutes a day
A recent report by Frontier Economics on publishing’s contribution to school education has found that textbooks only need to save teachers four-and-a-half minutes a day in order to pay for themselves with survey data suggesting they save 18 minutes a day or more. Commissioned by the Publishers Association, the new research indicates that cutting textbook spend is a false economy and demonstrates the important role good quality textbooks can play in saving teacher time. Read the full report on our website.
What’s happening at The London Book Fair 2018
With less than a month to go, preparations for The London Book Fair (10-12 April) are heating up. The Publishers Association supports a range of activity at the Fair from awards (CAMEOs and International Excellence Awards) to conferences (What Works? education conference and the Research & Scholarly Publishers Forum) as well as the bookcareers.com's Careers Clinic. We also have seminars on social mobility and accessibility and will be launching our 'A Blueprint for UK Publishing' at a Brexit panel event. Come find us on our stand 6E50 in the Grand Hall.
New York Rights Fair: 30 May- 1 June 2018
The Department for International Trade is providing TAP grants for SMEs with fewer than 250 employees and less than $50m turnover to exhibit at the New York Rights Fair. The grants are £2,500 and will reduce a 2-panel stand package on the UK pavilion organised by the Publishers Association in partnership with DIT to £1,137 and a 3-panel package to £2,955. The deadline for booking space is next Friday 30th March 2018. For more information, please contact Gloria Bailey.
BBC announces new Education Strategy to encourage social mobility in the UK
The BBC has moved to put social mobility at the heart of their education strategy with a new plan to improve disadvantaged children’s communications and literacy skills. The organisation will work with partners, including the National Literacy Trust, to develop a coordinated approach that will see them reach literacy targets for a million under-fives. Read more about the strategy here.
PLS launches series of seminars and webinars on collective licensing and permissions
Publishers’ Licensing Services has launched a series of free seminars and webinars for editors, publishers and authors. They include introductions to collective licensing and permissions licensing. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis so early booking is encouraged.
Digital Textbooks: Where are we?
The Publishers Association is supporting an afternoon seminar organised by the Department of Information Studies at University College London on Thursday 10th May. The seminar will aim to answer where the growth in digital textbooks is heading by looking at what they are, who is providing them, the potential take-up and costs, and the experiences of current users. Read the draft programme. It will be held in Room G08 of the Roberts Building at 1:30 PM. Online booking is available here. Tickets are £50 for members of the Publishers Association.


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

The London Book Fair
10-12 April 2018, London

The CAMEO Awards
9 April 2018, London

A ‘Bookish Brexit’
10 April 2018, London

International Excellence Awards
10 April 2018, London

Social Mobility, Apprenticeships and Broadening the Talent Search for UK Publishing
11 April 2018, London

Bookcareers.com Careers Clinic
12 April 2018, London

Copyright – How to get what you need in the digital age
17 April 2018, London

Digital textbooks: where are we?
10 May 2018, London

Negotiating for a Win-Win Outcome
22 May 2018, London

Selling Rights Short Course
4-5 June 2018, London
An Introduction to Production
28 March 2018, London

Quantum Conference
9 April 2018, London

What Works? Education Conference
10 April 2018, London

Charles Clark Memorial Lecture
10 April 2019, London

Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum
11 April 2018, London

Accessible Publishing—Strategies for success
12 April 2018, London

Member-Only Breakfast Briefing with Graham Stuart MP
17 April 2018, London

Implementing Thema
17 April 2018, London

Academic Book Trade Conference
10-11 May 2018, London

New York Rights Fair
30 May to 1 June 2018, New York

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