Thu, 02/12/2010 - 07:59
More than 400 people attended FutureBook 2010, The Bookseller’s annual digital conference, with pricing, Digital Rights Management (DRM) and how to develop collaborative partnerships arising as discussion points.
Piracy and how to control access was a key strand that ran throughout the day, with PA chief executive Richard Mollet...
Mon, 29/11/2010 - 09:07
UK publishers' sales of books declined by 0.5% in the first nine months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, with volume sales also falling by almost 4%.
Sales of books declined from £1,721m in September 2009 to £1,712m in September 2010, according to statistics from the PA Sales Monitor. Volume sales decreased...
Fri, 19/11/2010 - 11:14
Richard Mollet has barely had time to settle in to his new office when we meet. It's the end of his first week as the Publishers Association's chief executive, and he has already braved the Frankfurt Book Fair, defended the organisation's new policy on e-book lending in libraries, and agreed to speak at The Bookseller's...
Fri, 19/11/2010 - 06:21
UK book publishers' total turnover was £4bn in 2009, down 4.7% from £4.2bn in 2008, according to government statistics.
The Annual Business Inquiry, which is published by the Office for National Statistics, found the number of book publishing enterprises fell from 2,555 to 2,297 with their approximate GVA (Gross Value...
Wed, 10/11/2010 - 16:00
Professor Ian Hargreaves will lead the review into how the intellectual property system can better drive growth and innovation. Publishers Association chief executive Richard Mollet welcomed the appointment as a sign of the review's independence.
The six-month review was announced last week by the prime minister David Cameron and...
Sun, 07/11/2010 - 08:50
The Publishers Association will be working "very closely" with the government on its latest six-month review of the UK's intellectual property laws, which was unveiled by prime minister David Cameron in a speech yesterday. The review will look in particular at 'fair-use' provisions, which allow companies to "breathing...
Thu, 28/10/2010 - 15:51
Amazon should scrutinise and strengthen its e-book territorial controls after The Bookseller revealed how easy it was to buy US Kindle titles from the UK, the Publishers Association has said.
Richard Mollet, PA chief executive, told The Bookseller it was important to emphasise the need to make territorial rights secure online.
Wed, 27/10/2010 - 16:24
There's a market for e-book borrowing that won't destroy the industry – disabled, housebound and less mobile people, busy people, rural communities, excluded groups, young readers, minority interests, and lifelong learning.
There's a wider agenda. They are not free; libraries by them on behalf of the community in the interests of...
Tue, 26/10/2010 - 15:20
BBC Radio 4's PM programme is scheduled to explore the debate over e-books and libraries this afternoon, following coverage in the Guardian this morning.
Fiona Marriott, principal librarian of Luton Libraries, will discuss the issue, with Publishers Association chief executive Richard Mollet also contributing.
The PM programme...
Thu, 07/10/2010 - 14:33
The Publishers Association, The Society of Authors, The Association of Authors Agents and The Right to Read Alliance have released a joint 'recommendation to publishers' to encourage the use of the text-to-speak function on digital devices. The option is sometimes disabled in order to protect the rights of the audio-book publisher....