Scottish Publishers Association

Scottish Publishers Association

The Scottish Publishers Association (SPA), established in 1973 as the Scottish General Publishers Association with the support of the Scottish Arts Council, was the trade association of nearly 80 publishing companies in Scotland. Its members were principally book and academic publishers, local authority libraries and public bodies.

In April 2007, The SPA changed its name to Publishing Scotland, extending its remit to support individuals and companies working within the publishing industry, such as freelance editors, illustrators, and printing firms. [ [ Publishing Scotland] ]

On behalf of its members, the SPA attended trade fairs throughout Europe; co-ordinated bookshop and library promotions, and other marketing initiatives; ran training courses and seminars; and implements joint research projects and surveys with organisations such as the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Enterprise. It ran its own library and published the "Directory of Publishing in Scotland" annually.

The SPA was the majority shareholder in BookSource, a warehousing and worldwide distribution service for trade publishers, charities and other commercial enterprises.

The SPA was based in Edinburgh, and its director as Lorraine Fannin, a trustee of the National Library of Scotland and of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature.

As the compiler of the official Scottish bestseller list, the SPA has come under criticism for the accuracy of this list. In an exposé about a book reaching number four in the list with no sales according to Nielsen BookData, The Sunday Times described the SPA bestseller list at that time as "a sham." [ [,,2090-1462837,00.html Book makes top 10 list with no sales] - Article in the Sunday Times]


Full members

*Acair Ltd
*Association for Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS)
*Atelier Books
*Barrington Stoke Ltd
*Black and White Publishing
*Brown, Son & Ferguson, Ltd
*Brown & Whittaker Publishing
*Canongate Books
*Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd
*Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland
*CILIPS (formerly the Scottish Library Association)
*Continuing Education Gateway
*Cualann Press
*Dundee Central Library, School Library Service, Dundee City Council
*Dunedin Academic Press
*Edinburgh City Libraries, Department of Culture & Leisure, City of Edinburgh Council
*Floris Books
*Fort Publishing Ltd
*Gallus Publications
*Geddes & Grosset Ltd
*Glasgow City Libraries Publications
*Glasgow Museums
*GW Publishing
*HarperCollins Publishers
*Hodder Gibson
*Hodder Headline Scotland
*Leckie & Leckie Publishers
*Luath Press Ltd
*Mainstream Publishing Ltd
*National Archives of Scotland
*National Galleries of Scotland
*National Library of Scotland
*Neil Wilson Publishing Ltd
*NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing (National Museums of Scotland)
*Penguin Scotland
*Perth & Kinross Libraries
*Pocket Mountains Ltd.
*The Rutland Press
*Saint Andrew Press
*The Saltire Society
*Sandstone Press Ltd
*Scottish Natural Heritage
*Scottish Text Society
*The Shetland Times Ltd
*West Dunbartonshire Libraries and Museums
*W Green
*Whittles Publishing Ltd

Associate Members

*Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)
*Scottish Book Trust
*The Gaelic Books Council / Comhairle nan Leabhraichean
*Ulster Historical Foundation

mall Publishers

*Capercaillie Books
*Chapman Publishing Ltd
*Dionysia Press Ltd
*Dudu Nsomba Publications
*Fledgling Press Ltd
*Forth Naturalist and Historian
*The Gleneil Press & The Gleneil Sportsman's Press
*The New Iona Press
*Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
*Rucksack Readers
*Scotch Mist Productions


ee also

* Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association
* International Publishers Association
* Edinburgh International Book Festival
* Scotland's International Trade Fair

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Profile] at the Scottish Arts Council website
* [ Profile at]
* [ Publishing Scotland official website]

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