Participating Organizations

Publishers Launch would like to offer a special thanks to the following organizations for their support of Publishers Launch London:

Book Industry Communication (BIC)

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes and procedures.

The Booksellers Association (BA)

The Booksellers Association represents and promotes the retail bookselling industry in the UK and Ireland and encourages best practise and excellence in bookselling.  Membership ranges from specialist bookselling chains like Waterstones and Blackwells, to supermarkets, academic booksellers, wholesalers, school and library suppliers, Christian and children’s specialist booksellers, mixed multiples like WH Smith – and over 1100 independent bookshops.

The British Copyright Council (BCC)

The British Copyright Council represents those who create, hold interests in or manage rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and other material in which there are rights of copyright or related rights; and those who perform such works. It is a liaison committee and pressure group for change in copyright law at UK, European and International level.


EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book, e-book and serials sectors. Established in 1991, EDItEUR is a truly international organisation with 90 members from 17 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, South Africa, United States and most of the European countries.

Independent Publishers Guild (IPG)

The Independent Publishers Guild supports over 500 members with a combined turnover of £500m a year. The IPG provides a friendly community in which independent publishers can share knowledge and experiences; supplies members with information and practical advice; and represents members’ interests in the wider publishing industry.

Publishers Licensing Society (PLS)

The Publishers Licensing Society was established 30 years ago by the UK publishing industry. Its role is to: oversee a collective licensing scheme in the UK for book, journal, and magazine copying; stimulate innovation and good practice in rights management; and clarify the relationship between traditional copyright management practices and those needed in the digital age.