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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 HarperCollinsCanongate BooksEdinburgh University PressSandstone PressSaraband, and Witherby Publishing Group, as well as the publishing divisions of National Galleries ScotlandHistoric Environment Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and National Museums 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 AssociationNielsen BookData, 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.

BookSource, and Scottish Books International

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,, which features thousands of Scottish-interest titles. Scottish Books International is a project jointly owned and managed by Publishing Scotland and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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


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 here.