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June 2015
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Welcome to the June 2015 newsletter

William Nygaard, who was shot after publishing The Satanic Verses in Norway, explains why publishers must keep taking risks. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi explores why reading is vital for a child's development and we profile the winners of Turkey's annual Freedom of Thought and Expression awards.

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Publishers must never forget their responsibility to take risks
In 1993, Norwegian publisher William Nygaard was shot after he published Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. He told us why in 2015, the industry must not shy away from its role as a guarantor of freedom of expression.

Read our interview with William Nygaard here.

It's vital to involve parents in children's reading 
Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, founder of children's publishing house Kalimat, assesses different initiatives to promote children's love of reading, highlighting the key role of parents.

Bodour Al Qasimi's views on boosting childhood literacy are here.

Celebrating freedom of expression in Turkey
Each year, the Turkish Publishers Association gives awards to authors and publishers who are fighting to uphold freedom of expression. Bahadır Baruter, Haluk Hepkon, and Erdal Akalın are this year's deserving winners.

Discover their inspiring stories here. 

Sign the #copyrightforfreedom petition, protect creative industries! 
Europe's creative sector depends on a robust copyright system which fosters innovation and which supports freedom of expression. Authors, publishers and booksellers are petitioning the European Parliament to ensure that copyright underpins cultural diversity and allows differences of opinions to flourish.

Sign this important petition here.

Two Chinese firms in world's ten biggest publishers
The evolution of global publishing is reflected in the latest ranking of publishing firms from Livres Hebdo. While Pearson remains in the top spot, with €5.8bn revenue in 2014, two Chinese firms (Phoenix and China South) now occupy the 6th and 7th places.

Read more about this from Livres Hebdo or Buchreport

IPA Congress 2016: connecting authors with audiences
Next year's IPA Congress in London will debate how publishers can best "connect authors with audiences" with sessions on Literacy & Reading, Freedom to Publish, Accessible Publishing, Digital & Multimedia and Distribution Challenges. 

Early bird rates run until June 30th (ie, tomorrow!), and you can book your ticket for just £750. Find out more here.

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