Reasons to choose UK publishing




The UK has a vibrant publishing sector covering books, electronic publishing, journals, newspapers and magazines. The UK book publishing sector is one of the most successful in terms of the breadth, depth and quality of the content it publishes and the multiple ways in which it brings content to market.

The country has the second-largest book publishing sector in europe, according to the Federation of European Publishers. According to Nielsen Book, there were 173,000 new and revised titles published in the UK in 2015. The UK's customer publishing industry, which operates across print, web and other digital media, is the most developed in the world. (Source: Content Market Assocation)

The UK newspaper sector is a global leader in news media and carries influence both through the power of its journalism and the commercial opportunities it offers to advertisers. The rise of readership using digital media has been well documented but industry analysts are increasingly pointing towards the engagement readers have with the printed newspaper as an important resource for advertisers which may have been overlooked in recent years.



Over 54 per cent of UK book sales are from exports of physical books outside the UK (Source: The Publishers Association).

Exports of non-fiction, children's books and primary and secondary learning materials all rose in 2016. Sales to East and South Asia and to North America rose by 10 per cent and 19 per cent respectively. 

The UK's magazine sector is one of the most competitive and vibrant in the world, and has historically been strong at launching brands such as The Economist and FHM that have gone on to international success.

UK news groups have also proven adept at developing web brands for an international audience with the Daily Mail, The Guardian, and Financial Times all attracting large overseas audiences for their mixture of news, commentary and interactivity. For example, in November 2013 the Mail Online attracted a record 168m browsers and The Guardian just under 84m. (Source: Newsworks)



Total book sales in digital and physical formats grew 7 per cent in 2016 to a total of £4.8bn, according to The Publishers Association. The 2016 7 per cent increase reflected a 8 per cent rise in physical sales (£3bn) and a 6 per cent rise in digital sales to £1.7bn. 

Publishers have developed the skills to create content for tablets, smartphones, games and other platforms.

Digital audiences for the local newspaper sector increased by more than half in the past year and national newspapers also grew (Source: ABC). Publishers are adept at using social media to drive traffic to their content with figures from Trinity Mirror showing that more people engaged with content from the Daily Mirror’s website on Facebook in January 2015 than any other source in the UK, including the BBC.This was up more than 11 times on the same period the previous year. (Source: Trinity Mirror/Newswhip). 


4. UK publishers have global influence

The international importance of the English language gives the UK publishing industry a powerful competitive advantage. New opportunities for UK publishers in non-English-speaking countries are being created as English increasingly becomes the preferred second language in many markets.

The UK is an international leader in the production of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) research journals and databases, and business-to-business information. UK publishers have also played a leading part in the development of the international market for works in English from other cultures, such as African, Caribbean and Indian literature.

The annual London Book Fair is one of the world’s leading events for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Some 25,000 publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians, and media and industry suppliers from 113 countries attended the fair in 2013. (Source: London Book Fair)

UK newspapers remain hugely influential, often publishing stories which set the agenda across the world. The Guardian’s revelations about state surveillance on phone and internet communications in the United States based on information passed to the paper by Edward Snowden remained high on the world agenda for months earning the paper the Pulitzer Prize for public service.


5. UK Publishing supports culture and wellbeing

The UK’s publishing and creative scene seeds creativity in other sectors, like film, television, games, live events and theatre. Thirty-one of the top 200 films at the world box office between 2001 and 2011 were based on stories and characters created by UK writers and these titles together have earned more than £12bn globally. Half of the top 20 global box office successes of the last 11 years were based on novels by British writers. (Source: BFI)

The UK’s school, college and higher education systems rely almost entirely on textbooks and other learning resources supplied by the country's commercial publishing industry. UK publishers play a major role in the support of the research, scientific and professional communities. 

Newspapers play a special role in society promoting literacy and keeping people informed about things they have a right to know about.

UK newspapers promote literacy through campaigning such as the Evening Standard’s long standing 'Get London Reading' campaign which has helped more than 2,300 children at 280 schools, as well as receiving the backing of celebrities and politicians. The Sun ran a campaign called 'Get Kids Reading' which aims to promote literacy among young people.