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PI News Roundup: : Trade Day Countdown begins; Magazine Awards Shortlist Announced and Amazon Makes New Friends?

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‘Digital Must Play a Major Role’: Reaching Out to The Wider Industry

Anne-Marie Scully

There is exactly one week to go until our annual trade event next Friday and so the anticipation is growing for what promises to be the most exciting event for publishers yet. We caught up with former Google senior Manager and founder of startup Orchard Wall Publishing Anne-Marie Scully to ask her about being one of the first people to work to for Google in Dublin and how her experience shaped her in founding her own publishing company. ‘Digital must play a major role in your overall business strategy, embrace it and don’t be afraid of change’, says Scully when we asked her about what Irish publishers need to do in today’s rapidly changing industry climate. Read the full interview by going to

Haven’t booked your place yet? Not to worry- head over to our booking page to get your ticket:


Legal Issues?

With the recent publication of the Government’s Copyright Report, there has never been a better time to look at how you publish your books and the web of legal issues that this might incur.

Andrea Martin

From libel and defamation to the real business implications of the practices of Google and Amazon, publishers need to stay ahead of the game and know what they can do in an increasingly tricky industry climate. What, for instance does the Google Books settlement mean for publishers? What exactly does the Copyright Report outline and what will it mean for publishers if its suggestions are enacted through legislation? Join  media law expert Andrea Martin ( and Samantha Holman, Executive Director of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency for a seminar on the essential legal issues publishers in Ireland are now facing. For more information, go to


Launches and Other Happenings

Congratulations to Will Sliney , Ruth Redmond and Stephen Mooney who all scooped top prizes in the ICN Awards ( as well as to Donal Ryan who launched his second book, The Thing About December on Wednesday evening (Lilliput Press). John Redmond, The National Leader by Dermot Meleady and The Heritage Trees of Ireland were also launched on Tuesday and Wednesday – one of which included the handing out of a walnut for each member of the audience!  More congratulations go out to journalists and magazine publishers who were shortlisted for this year’s Irish Magazine Awards– the full list of which can be seen on

 Professional Development Day

As if this busy week weren’t enough, we are also really looking forward to the professional development day happening on Sunday. New Island Books and the Irish Writers’ Centre are hosting a Professional Development Day for published authors as part of the Dublin Book Festival. The event will consist of a series of workshops designed to help writers develop their careers. Facilitators will include Eoin Purcell, Editorial Director of New Island Books,  Margaret E. Ward, Journalist and CEO of Clear Ink communications agency and journalist and broadcaster, Audrey Carville. In order to book a place on the Professional Development Day you must be a published author with a recognised publisher. Check out the full details here:
€60 (€50 members). For further information on either event please contact


Beyond the Shore


It’s been a busy if not contentious week with news that Amazon are offering US independents 10% commission for every Kindle e-book bought on the device sold by the indie bookseller for two years after the e-reader was sold. The 10% commission figure is believed to be slightly higher than the figure Kobo offers independent booksellers in the UK. Back in the UK, however, the response from many indies has not been overwhelmingly positive with the likes of Dulwhich Books’ Sheila O’Reilly, saying that she could not ‘morally […]stock the Kindle’ with Amazon’s controversial tax presence in both Luxembourg and Ireland. Via The Bookseller. To read more, go to

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