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The network for trade,
training and development 

23 March 2017

We act as the voice and network for publishing, to develop and promote the work of companies, organisations and individuals in the industry, and to co-ordinate joint initiatives and partnership.

Overview

Our Vision

'To become the lead body for the publishing sector in Scotland by helping to create an environment that allows publishers, writers, and content producers to innovate; and to play a part in fostering excellence in the production and delivery of creative content in the 21st century.'

Publishing Scotland is the network, trade and development body for the book publishing sector in Scotland.

We represent a wide range of publishers and suppliers - both print and digital. Publishers include HarperCollins, Canongate, Edinburgh University Press, Freight Books, Sandstone Press, Saraband and Witherby, as well as the publishing divisions of the National Galleries of Scotland, RCAHMS, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the National Museums of Scotland.

Other members are part of the network category and include companies and organisations affiliated to the publishing sector such as the Society of Authors in Scotland, the Booksellers Association, Nielsen Book, agents, designers and freelance editors.

We act as the voice and network for publishing, to develop and promote the work of companies, organisations and individuals in the industry, and to co-ordinate joint initiatives and partnership.

Publishing Scotland grew from the work of the Scottish Publishers Association (SPA), a trade association in existence for nearly 40 years. Representing more than 60 book and journal publishers, the SPA expanded its remit and changed its name in 2007 to reflect the changing nature of publishing.

We are the majority shareholder in a book distribution company, BookSource, based outside Glasgow, which we set up in 1995. We also manage an online portal, BooksfromScotland.com, which features thousands of Scottish-interest titles.


Our Aims

  • To develop and promote the work of companies in the publishing sector to an international audience
  • To foster public understanding of the unique value of books and other published materials in the cultural and political life of the nation
  • To promote the status of publishing in Scotland
  • To run a first-class skills and training programme for the sector
  • To develop a comprehensive network of publishers, content creators and service providers to allow access to key markets, information, and opportunities
  • To provide members with useful current information on trade conditions, government activities and policies and other matters of concern
  • To stand as a framework within which publishers from all sectors can work together to advance their particular and common interests; to serve as an authoritative voice for Scottish-based publishing, at home and overseas

 

Membership

There are two kinds of membership: publisher for publishing companies and organisations, and network for associated organisations and individuals who work with the publishing sector.

If you are interested in joining us, find out more about membership or contact Lucy Feather, Member Services Manager.

 

Governance

Publishing Scotland is a registered charity (SC009404), governed by a main board of trustees with responsibility for overall policy setting and financial matters. We are also a company limited by guarantee (SC317586).


Publishing Scotland acknowledges the generous support from Creative Scotland, and is also funded partly by annual subscriptions from the membership, and by earned income from activities and revenue from the trading subsidiary, BookSource.