The Publishers Association (PA) is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Join The Publishers Association today and start benefiting.

The PA


The PA's mission is to strengthen the trading environment for UK publishers, by providing a strong voice for the industry in government, within society and with other stakeholders in the UK, in Europe and internationally; providing a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information between publishers; and providing support and guidance to the industry through technological and other changes. 

Our core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to our members, who represent roughly 80 per cent of the industry by turnover.

Our objectives are to:

  • Represent the large majority of UK publishing by turnover, growing membership across sectors year on year
  • Promote the intellectual property agenda, leading the debate in digital and other arenas, and working to ensure that IP laws are enforced
  • Proactively define policy positions in consultation with members, and consistently deliver on them in the public affairs arena and with other relevant stakeholders
  • Explain the value of UK publishing in economic, cultural, scientific, educational and social terms, strongly communicating the role of and value added by publishers in a changing environment
  • Provide a broad range of first rate information to members and other stakeholders in the global marketplace
  • Guide and support the industry through technological change; and develop standards across the industry and up and down the supply chain where this will improve the sector’s competitiveness
  • Operate in a professional and effective manner

Download the PA Annual Report here: icon PA Annual Report 2012

Download the PA Annual Report 2011 here: icon PA Annual Report 2011

Download the PA Annual Report 2010 here : PA Annual Report 2010

Download the PA Annual Report 2009 here: icon PA Annual Report 2009