Fri, 30/04/2010 - 11:33
The Publishers Association's Statistics Yearbook, presented to the industry this week as part of the trade body's annual general meeting, makes sober reading. Non-fiction and reference books seriously down, schools...
Wed, 28/04/2010 - 14:37
The implementation of the new Digital Economy Act, the election, and a "shake up" in Europe following the Lisbon treaty will lead to a "very busy and important year" said new Publishers Association president Victoria Barnsley.
Barnsley stepped into the role at this year’s annual general meeting, held in Hamilton...
Wed, 28/04/2010 - 09:59
UK publisher performance in 2009 proved to be "resilient", with growth in the value of export sales helping to take the edge off a double-digit decline in sales of non-fiction titles and reference books and an overall decline in the number of books sold by 9%.
However, the performance of non-fiction titles prompted Jamie Hodder...
Wed, 28/04/2010 - 09:58
In a speech that was to be delivered at the Publishers Association annual general meeting today (28th April) US digital guru Mike Shatzkin has warned publishers that "content is being devalued by technology" and that the succesful publishers of the future will be those which "command the eyeballs".
Unable to attend...
Thu, 15/04/2010 - 08:21
Authors opposed to the Digital Economy Bill have expressed relief at the removal of Clause 43, which covered provisions for extended licensing as well as for orphan works.
The bill was passed through the Commons at speed last week in advance of the general election,
with contested areas—including Clause 43—omitted to...
Tue, 13/04/2010 - 10:51
The Publishers Association has welcomed both the Labour and Conservative parties' pledge to keep VAT off books, but has also stressed the importance of removing tax on books "regardless of the format".
In its manifesto published yesterday (12th April), the Labour party said: "...
Mon, 12/04/2010 - 14:35
Alicia Wise is to leave both her roles at the Publishers Association and the Publishers Licensing Society, as she takes on the newly-created post of director of universal access with science specialist Elsevier in June.
Wise was chief executive of the PLS and head of digital publishing at the PA. During her time as chief executive, PLS...
Fri, 09/04/2010 - 06:45
The Publishers Association has applauded the cross-party backing of the Digital Economy Bill, which was passed late on Wednesday night, with ministers voting overwhelmingly in favour of it - 189 votes to 47.
However the trade body has lamented the loss of the clause dealing with orphan works, describing it as "a missed opportunity...
Wed, 07/04/2010 - 11:12
Proposals to cut success fees charged by lawyers in libel cases will not be approved this side of the general election, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson confirmed this morning that the proposals - which aim to reduce the number of "no win no fee" cases brought against writers and...
Tue, 23/03/2010 - 13:12
The Publishers Association has backed the need for "urgent" reform of English libel laws, which the Ministry of Justice today (23rd March) pledged to "take forward in the next parliament".
Justice secretary Jack Straw said in an announcement that new legislation would be enacted to tackle libel tourism and provide...