The network for trade,
training and development
Formed in 1973 by 10 publishers and
launched in 1974.
Publishing Scotland grew from the work of the Scottish
Publishers Association (SPA), a group formed out of necessity,
energy, conviction, ambition, and the wish to fan what then looked
like the dying embers of a once-important industry in Scotland. It
was formed in 1973 (and launched in 1974) by 10 publishers who had
the idea of collaborating on gathering information, attending book
fairs and joint marketing. The first Chairman was Robin Lorimer and
the Scottish Arts Council gave financial support. As the membership
grew, so did the services offered. The SPA became a familiar sight
at international book fairs and marketed their books to the trade
collaboratively, raising the profile of Scottish publishing.
In 1986, the SPA brought together librarians, booksellers and
publishers and formed the Scottish Book Marketing Group to promote
Scottish-published titles through the book trade.
In April 2007, the 34-year-old SPA changed and became Publishing
Scotland, an organisation encompassing not just Scottish publishers
but organisations, companies and individuals who work within the
The original ideas behind the Scottish Publishers Association are
still at the heart of Publishing Scotland but added to this are
21st-century issues such as digitisation and direct-to-reader
More information on the history of Publishing Scotland can be
found in Thirtieth
Anniversary of the Scottish Publishers Association: A
Celebration - download the PDF. Publishing
Scotland's Flickr Photostream has a selection of images from
the 1980s to the present.