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27 March 2015

We were concerned to hear of the existence of an app called Clean Reader, which allows readers of ebooks to switch on a 'filter' that replaces instances of profanity with alternative words, selected by the developers.

25 March 2015

The SoA is looking for writer-volunteers to join their World Book Night event in London on 23 April.

19 March 2015

The SoA runs a group scheme which enables its members to insure against the professional costs of dealing with a tax inspection by the Inland Revenue – at a highly competitive rate. The scheme is underwritten by DAS Legal Expenses Insurance through the brokers Baxters. The deadline for signing up to the 2015-16 scheme is 28 April.

Those who are already on the scheme will receive a renewal notice shortly.

17 March 2015

If you are a self-publisher and are selling ebooks or other digitised materials, beware the new VAT implications – more below.  Those wanting to register for VAT MOSS should have done so by 8 February 2015.  If this applies to you and you have not yet registered, further guidance is given here.

13 March 2015

Thursday 5 March was World Book Day with celebrations of children’s books taking place across the UK. The government used the occasion to announce funding of £100k for a new programme for raising literacy in primary schools.

13 March 2015

On 20 November 2014 The Times published an article about educational publishing in Britain today. Under the heading, ‘Textbook case of sloppy work’, the standfirst reads: ‘Britain once led the world in educational publishing. Now we have to import titles’; and the second paragraph begins: ‘the UK now produces among the worst textbooks of any developed nation’. Could it be that those outstanding textbook writers of the last century have disappeared and left no heirs? If so, how has this happened?

12 March 2015

It is with deep sadness that the SoA heard of the death at 66 of Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the much loved Discworld series.

5 March 2015

5,000 children from 100 schools across the North West of England attended the World Book Day flagship event at Preston North End Stadium on Thursday 5 March.



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