Monday, 24 September 2018

The Publishers Association News

Here is the latest The Publishers Association News for my followers to peruse:

This month in publishing news:


Global Copyright Enforcement Forum 

Following a successful rebrand last year, the Publishers Association, International Publishers Association and Association of American Publishers have partnered to bring the Global Copyright Enforcement Forum to Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2018. This year, experts in copyright and IP will focus on policy and piracy in action, territorial rights and pricing models. Attendance is free for members of the PA, IPA and AAP, however, pre-registration is essential. 

Publishing and International Trade

The Publishers Association are hosting a seminar for members on Tuesday 25th September with Patrick Whitehead (Publishing Lead for DCMS) and Mark Prince (Head of IP at DIT) who will explain the international trade negotiations and what they mean for publishing. The PA's Director of Policy William Bowes will feed in insights from members and suggest what this means for our priority issues. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask the guest speakers questions and to raise areas of concern. Get your tickets here.

Founding Bloomsbury Publishing: The Inside Story

The Bloomsbury Institute is offering PA members a 20% discount on tickets to their next event. Join three of the four original members on 27th September as they discuss the origins of Bloomsbury Publishing and reveal what aspiring publishers today could learn from their experiences. If you are a PA member, get in touch for your discount code

Tickets still available for Northern Fiction Alliance's first London Roadshow

Following the sell-out success of the first Roadshow at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate last year, Comma Press and Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (TCR) are hosting another Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow in London on 1st October. This event will serve as an opportunity to establish new contacts and, most importantly, extend the reach of the Alliance’s authors. Book your tickets here.

Bookshop Day 2018 

The Booksellers Association's Campaign BOOKS ARE MY BAG are releasing a limited-edition bag designed by Sir Peter Blake and a Philip Pullman children's bag, both available in bookshops on National Bookshop Day, Saturday 6th October. The BAMB Readers Awards shortlist is due to be released a day ahead of Bookshop Day. You can also get involved with a host of publisher resources and assets available from the Books Are My Bag website.

PA cautiously welcomes Copyright Directive vote 

CEO of the Publishers Association, Stephen Lotinga cautiously welcomed the draft Copyright Directive vote yesterday saying "We should be pleased with today, but cautious about where they take the fight to next as it’s certainly not over." The Copyright Directive contains proposals for fair remuneration and transparency for creators as well as greater protection against infringement of intellectual property. Read the full quote in The Bookseller.

BBC Radio 2’s Book Club producer to host Book Aid International’s quiz night

Self-confessed book nerd Joe Haddow will host Book Aid International’s forthcoming quiz night on Tuesday 30th October. This year’s quiz will be the charity’s ninth and is especially for people in the book industry. It will take place at Hachette UK with views over the river Thames. The night will feature a raffle with the chance to win prizes including tickets to the opera, vouchers for London museums and wine tasting. Full details can be found online here.

Submissions for World Book Night to close in October

The Reading Agency is calling for publishers to submit their titles to be included in the World Book Night 2019 list. Their targeted audience-focused giveaway in 2019 will reach audiences that include adults with low literacy levels, those with mental health needs, and isolated and vulnerable older people. If you would like to submit one or more titles, please complete the submission form (one entry per book) by Friday 5th October 2018 and send two copies of the chosen titles.

Henson Editorial Services & North Staffordshire Press to hold the launch of new book by Dr Robin Studd in London

Dr Robin Studd is a retired Senior Lecturer in History at Keele University. He has published various pieces on the thirteenth century and his new book Keele's Templar Window: And the Templars Jacques De Molay & Thomas Totty demonstrates how local, national and international history can be inextricably part of the same canvas. The launch will be held at 1pm on Wednesday 7th November at the PA offices. RSVP to Charlotte.

Borough Book Bash now on social media

Borough Book Bash was formed in 2016 to bring people who love publishing together, socially, with no agenda or speaker. Since then, it has grown into a friendly, inclusive network of people ranging from those just starting out in the industry to those more established in their career. Now, with its own Twitter and Facebook pages, Borough Book Bash hopes to build more of an online community and make it easier to stay connected. The next Borough Book Bash is at the Heeltap pub on Thursday 27th September.

The Bookseller Children's Conference

This year’s conference on Monday 24th September is bigger and better than ever before, with an expanded line-up, dual-stream programming and expert speakers from the book industry and beyond. This year the conference has been split into two streams, one focused on publishing and the other delving into the world of other forms of storytelling such as film, TV, theatre and gaming. See the programme of events here. There are still a very limited number of tickets available. Contact The Bookseller for ticket enquiries.

Come and find the PA at Frankfurt Book Fair 

As Frankfurt Book Fair approaches, it is a good time to start thinking about your international strategy for 2019. Members, non-members and first-time exhibitors, come and talk to us about our Book Fair Services! We are currently taking bookings for Bologna and London Book Fair 2019. You can sign up to be part of the collective stand, or let our Book Fair Service arrange your stand for you. See our website for more information on what we offer for each Fair. 


  • TAP funding is available for Shanghai International Book Fair - Contact the PA's Gloria Bailey to find out whether you are eligible and how to apply. The PA organises the UK pavilion in partnership with DIT.
  • Frankfurt Book Fair Exhibitors - See who is exhibiting at Frankfurt Book Fair.
  • Getting involved with Bookshop Day 2018 - All publisher resources and assets are available from the Books Are My Bag website.
  • Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Best Picture Book Award 2018 - Submissions close on 30th September. Apply now.


Publishing Export Workshop
24th September, Manchester

The Bookseller Children's Conference
24th September, London

Publishing and International Trade
25th September, London

Borough Book Bash
27th September, London

The BookBlast 10×10 Tour
11th September - 15th November, National

Bookshop Day 2018
6th October, National
Libraries Week
8th - 13th October, online

Frankfurt Book Fair 
10th - 14th October, Frankfurt

Global Copyright Enforcement Forum
11th October, Frankfurt

Open Access Week
22nd - 28th October, International

China International Import Expo
5th - 10th November, Shanghai

China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair
9th - 11th November, Shanghai 

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