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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:

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

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Wed, 27 May 2015 01:48:45 -0700

The High Court has granted an application by The Publishers Association to have several major 'pirate' eBook sites blocked at the ISP level. The action, a first for book publishers, requires BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE to block sites ...


Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:46:10 -0700

Richard Mollet, the chief executive of the Publishers Association, told The Times: "It's unexpected. We always knew that e-readers would lead to a growth in e-books but we weren't sure that devices like tablets and mobile phones would drive the market ...

Financial Times

Financial Times
Tue, 26 May 2015 03:24:38 -0700

“Between them the sites purport to hold around 10,000,000 ebook titles and have been making substantial sums of money, primarily through referral fees and advertising,” said the Publishers Association, which represents publishers including Penguin ...
Wed, 13 May 2015 07:37:30 -0700

At The Publishers Association AGM today Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books General, was elected as the association's new President. On her appointment, Joanna paid thanks to her predecessor, Dominic Knight of Macmillan Science and ...


Wed, 13 May 2015 02:02:59 -0700

Romania ranks last in the European Union when it comes to the publishing industry, according to Grigore Arsene, president of the Publishers Association of Romania (AER). Moreover, there are counties in Romania with no bookstores. “Romania comes last in ...


Mon, 11 May 2015 12:41:15 -0700

“It is great to see digital growth continuing and developing in more sectors of publishing,” stated Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association. “The rise in children's digital sales, while perhaps unsurprising given 71% of households ...

Iran Book News Agency

Iran Book News Agency
Mon, 11 May 2015 07:37:30 -0700

He praised the presence of the Publishers Association in managing the fair this year, after many years “In my opinion, this event has been held better compared with the past years since it has a better organization and people are much more eager to ...
Publishers Weekly
Fri, 08 May 2015 07:26:15 -0700

The Yearbook is based on the Publishers Association Statistics Monitor, administered by Nielsen. The Monitor collects home and export (and physical and digital) sales data from publishers representing about 75% of UK publishers' sales. The figures are ...

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