This month: e-book lending, crowdfunding, Brazil, mobile reading...

IPA Newsletter, June 2014

Publishing news, views and analysis

In this month's newsletter

New e-book lending models are developing around the world, as you'll discover in the IPA's latest special report, Innovation in E-book Lending. We have interviews with Numilog's Denis Zwirn and Octavio Kulesz from Editorial Teseo about new business models for e-lending and the opportunities they create for publishers. We speak to comic-book publisher Patrick Pinchart about his crowdfunding model for financing new releases, and to Worldreader's Elizabeth Wood about the rapid rise of mobile reading in the developing world.

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IPA Report: Innovation in E-book Lending

Until recently, publishers have been wary of allowing libraries to lend e-books, concerned about the effect on sales. Now, innovative approaches are emerging which give publishers control over pricing and lending terms, making e-book lending an attractive value proposition. Our latest special report studies new schemes in the United States, Europe and Brazil: we hope you find it interesting, and thanks to all who contributed!

You can read our special report here.

Crowdfunding: new financing models for publishing

We spoke to pioneering comic-book publisher Patrick Pinchart about crowdfunding models for publishing. His publshing house, Sandawe, has already produced twenty titles through a participatory financing model, and Patrick believes crowdfunded books are set to take off in a big way. We discovered how the Sandawe model works, how the publisher's role is different and what crowdfunding changes for authors and readers.   

Our interview with Patrick is here. (pour la version originale en francais, cliquez ici)


Final preparations for copyright debate at WIPO

Next week in Geneva, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights will seek to come to a decision on whether to negotiate a treaty for copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives. IPA has sent an open letter to the European Commission signed by a number of rightsholder organisations, calling for "a framework which facilitates the exchange of experiences as well as technical cooperation and assistance, maintaining an appropriate balance between exceptions and corresponding exclusive rights.”

We will have a full report next month. You can read our open letter here.

Country report: Brazil's e-book lending market 
Brazil is already a powerful player in e-publishing, with a growing supply of e-books provided through a range of platforms. Octavio Kulesz of Editoria Teseo has written a report on the different commercial digital libraries which are fighting for a share of this fast-growing market. 

You can read Octavio's report here.


"The appetite for content is huge": mobile reading in the developing world

Worldreader is an NGO which provides e-readers to schools and has developed an application which lets people read titles on basic cellphones. We spoke to Worldreader's Elizabeth Wood about mobile reading habits in developing countries and the market opportunities for international publishers, 

Our interview with Elizabeth is here.
UNESCO World Book Capital 2016 announced 
Yesterday in Paris, the IPA met with the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) to select the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2016. The winning bid came from Wroclaw in Poland, which impressed the selection committee by its focus on grass-roots community reading initiatives and its support of the book industry, libraries and publishing. Gratulacje!

More in common than you might think: IPA meets world library body IFLA
A delegation from IPA and STM has met library body IFLA to discuss issues affecting both sectors. On library e-lending, our positions turned out not to be that far apart. All see the value in continuing collaboration and agree that fair and transparent would be fundamental to any e-lending facilitated by licensing. On Text and Data Mining, libraries were concerned by some recently introduced publisher licensing terms while from a publisher perspective it is largely a technical issue (“about tools, not rules”) with a need for collaboration based on fair and transparent licensing terms. Remote access to collections is the most challenging topic, surfacing in a number of political issues: legal deposit, document delivery, digitisation for preservation etc. This will feature prominently in the next meeting.


IPA's new Youtube channel
Our new Youtube channel contains an interview with WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry as well as a short video explaining how publishers produce, and set the prices of, e-books. Discover it here.

2,000 publishers can't be wrong: IPA on Twitter
The IPA's twitter chanel, designed to quickly inform publishers about developments that will impact them, already has over 2,000 followers. You can sign up here

Special report: Innovation in e-book lending

Publishers have typically been wary about libraries lending out e-books, but things are changing. Read our new special report, "Innovation in E-book Lending" here.


The rise of crowdfunding

We spoke to comic-book pioneer Patrick Pinchart about a new financing model for publishing. Read his views here (pour la version originale en francais, cliquez ici).


Brazil's fast-growing e-book market

Octavio Kulesz of Editorial Teseo has written a report on the digital libraries fighting for market share in Brazil's fast-growing e-book sector. Read his analysis here.


Mobile reading in Africa

Elizabeth Wood from Worldreader told us about opportunities which the rise of mobile reading will create for publishers. Read Elizabeth's views here.


The business of e-book lending

We spoke to Numilog's Denis Zwirn about how new business models for e-book lending will generate expanded sales for publishers. Read our interview with Denis here.

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