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The Publishers Association (PA) is the trade organisation serving book, journal and electronic publishers in the United Kingdom, established in 1896.[1][2] Its mission is to strengthen the trading environment for UK publishers by providing a strong voice for the industry in government, in society and with other stakeholders in the UK, Europe and internationally.[3] It seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of non‑competitive information between publishers and offer support and guidance to the industry through technological and other changes.


The PA’s board, known as the PA Council, consists of 15 representatives elected from the membership, together with the chairs of the Trade Publishers Council, the Academic and Professional Board, the Educational Publishers Council, and the International Board; and the chief executive. It meets approximately six times a year. A member of Council may serve up to two three-year terms.

The Publishers Association's officers for 2013–2014 are:

Richard Mollet in 2015

The senior management team includes[4]

  • Richard Mollet, the Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark Wharton, the director of operations
  • Emma House, director of publisher relations
  • Susie Winter, director of policy & communications.


Membership of the Publishers Association is open to bona fide publishers that carry on the business of publishing in the UK and satisfy the membership criteria.[5] There are two categories of membership:

  • Membership for UK publishers with a turnover greater than £2.5 million[6]
  • SME membership for UK publishers with a turnover of less than £2.5 million[7]


  • The Trade Publishers Council determines PA policy on consumer market matters, and acts on specific issues with the aim of expanding the market and increasing efficiency. Other trade groups include the Children’s Book Group and Religious Book Group.
  • The Academic and Professional division provides a forum for higher education, scholarly and reference publishers, representing publishers, conducting market research and running a number of events.[8]
  • The Educational Publishers Council provides a voice for school, college and vocational publishers. It campaigns for better funding for learning resources and represents the industry in the development of the market, as well as running seminars and compiling market statistics.[9]
  • The International division supports the international sales activities of PA members. It acts against piracy and on copyright and trade barrier issues, and organises trade missions and UK representation at international trade fairs.[10]
  • TurnKey Exhibition Services provides a complete exhibition service for publishers, from booking space to organising shipping.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Organisation of the Work and Activities of Publishing Associations". Center for Publishing Development. Open Society Institute. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  2. ^ Kingsford, R. J. L. (1970). The Publishers Association 1896–1946, with an epilogue. Cambridge University Press. 
  3. ^ Stated mission. publishers.org.uk
  4. ^ Senior management. publishers.org.uk
  5. ^ Publishers Association – Membership Criteria. publishers.org.uk
  6. ^ Membership for UK publishers. publishers.org.uk
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Academic and professional homepage. publishers.org.uk
  9. ^ Educational Publishers Council homepage. publishers.org.uk
  10. ^ International Homepage. publishers.org.uk

External links[edit]

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:37:30 -0700

Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital Reader does a nice job showing how many of the Publishers Association's claims are complete bunk, and clearly influenced by what's in the publishers' best interests, rather than anyone else's -- but that's to be expected.
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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:00:00 -0700

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:02:20 -0700

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New York Times
Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:11:15 -0700

Terms of Sesac's purchase, which still requires the approval of members of the publishers' association, were not disclosed. The deal comes as the once rigidly defined roles in music publishing are beginning to shift with the rise of digital music. In ...

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:48:45 -0700

Rothfeld also has held roles on the publishers' association's board over the years. John Peter Zenger was a newspaper printer in 1733. He won a trial after being charged with libel. The historic case is an important precedent establishing the freedom ...
Business Mirror
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 06:32:51 -0700

For that feat, Team Albay was cited by the Publishers Association of the Philippines (Papi) in 2014 “as the first and the most organized response” to Yolanda “amid extreme chaos,” where it recovered a total of 622 bodies from the rubbles of the disaster.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:04:25 -0700

But they're no longer on the periphery of literature. Digital audio sales for 2014 were just over £10 million, 24 per cent up on the previous year, and an astonishing 170 per cent up on 2010 figures – according to the Publishers Association's ...

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:29:15 -0700

With the third China Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (CCBF) four months away, the fair organizers have been busy expanding the program to reflect a growing Chinese market for international titles. Increased interest in China's children's ...

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