Mon, 17/12/2012 - 12:48
The government is to launch a campaign to educate consumers about the harm of illegal downloading, business secretary Vince Cable has announced.
The government will also work with key partners, such as the city of London police, to tackle IP crime including online piracy.
The measures were announced at a speech at The Big...
Fri, 30/11/2012 - 15:54
Booktrust will retain its existing government grant for bookgifting schemes for the next two years and is to develop a new bookgifting programme aimed at disadvantaged two-year-olds.
The government has confirmed that it will give the charity £6m in 2013-14 and also in the following year, flat with this year's grant. There...
Mon, 16/07/2012 - 08:22
All publicly funded scientific research will be made freely available by 2014 according to a government announcement to be made later today (16th July).
Universities minister David Willetts has said the free access to taxpayer-funded science research will take two years before it begins “fully feeding through”, but that...
Thu, 03/05/2012 - 09:15
The coalition government is set on pushing through an open-access model for taxpayer- funded research, even if details on how new business models for publishers will function are yet to be worked out.
Speaking to about 100 publishers at the Publishers Association’s annual general meeting, universities minister David Willetts...
Mon, 26/03/2012 - 08:01
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked current chair of the Arts Council Dame Liz Forgan to step down and has launched a search for a replacement to lead the sector through a "challenging period".
Forgan, who has been in her current position since February 2009, will stay on until the end of January 2013, and recruitment...
Wed, 21/03/2012 - 10:00
The Publishers Association is calling for the government to abolish the 20% VAT rate on e-books in the UK, putting pressure on chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne ahead of the Budget today (21st March) to match the zero-rating on print books for digital editions.
In a statement, the PA said it needed "urgent action"...
Wed, 18/01/2012 - 15:56
The Booksellers Association has pledged to write to the chief executives of all 390 local authorities to call on them to lower business rates for bookshops. The move comes following a call in the House of Commons for booksellers to be given a special business rate incentive to set up on the high street.
During the six-hour Commons...
Wed, 04/01/2012 - 07:50
An MP has joined the Bookseller Association's calls for the government to respond to the Mary Portas review earlier than spring.
The retail expert submitted a list of 28 recommendations to prime minister David Cameron in December...
Mon, 24/10/2011 - 08:05
The Government emphasis on reading for pleasure could be behind an uplift in sales to school libraries, claims bookseller Marilyn Brocklehurst of the Norfolk Children's Book Centre.
She said: "The pronouncements by the government about reading for pleasure are having an impact; schools are asking us for support to develop...
Fri, 01/04/2011 - 08:48
Bookshops are facing quotas on the number of foreign authors they can stock as the government plans to launch a "British Books for British Readers" campaign.
The Bookseller has learned Prime Minister David Cameron is set to give a speech today [1st April] outlining his latest iteration of the "Big Society". A DCMS...