Digital storytelling, South Africa, accessibility, French ebooks
April 2015
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How technology can transform story telling

Gino Roncaglia on virtual reality, data animation and multi-layered narratives.

Market report: South Africa

PASA's Mpuka Radinka on publishing's prospects in an environment of turmoil. 


ABC: boosting book access for the disabled

How can we increase the number of books available in accessible formats?

Welcome to the April 2015 newsletter

We speak to academic and author Gino Roncaglia about how technology is transforming storytelling, there's an IPA market report from South Africa, we invite you to get involved with a project to boost book access for the visually impaired, and we reveal the findings of a new survey into French ebook reading and buying habits.

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Technology + Education + Books = ?
Gino Roncaglia is a writer and lecturer on the future of the book. We spoke to him about technology's potential to transform storytelling, about the classroom of 2050, and what it all means for publishers.

Read our interview with Gino Roncaglia here.

Market report: South Africa 
South Africa's book publishers play a vital role in the nation's cultural life. PASA's Mpuka Radinka told us about the strains on the sector in a time of economic uncertainty and political interference.

Discover Mpuka Radinka's report here.

Accessible Books Consortium - get involved!
The ABC consortium aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats - such as braille, audio and large print - and to make them available to people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled. 

Read about this important initiative here

French ebooks - a growing, changing market
27% of French ebook readers now read on their smartphones: just one of the findings from the 5th annual SOFIA/SNE/SGDL survey into French ebook reading and purchasing habits.

Access the key findings here.

Global piracy ring fined for massive copyright infringement
We're pleased to report that a United States federal court has found the operators of a network of pirated content sites liable for intentionally infringing copyrights, awarding damages of $37.5 million, the maximum allowed under US law. Titles from 16,000 book publishers from many countries were illegally available through the sites, hurting creator income and publisher jobs.

Read about the case, and about IPA's efforts in combatting piracy here.

Sign the #copyrightforfreedom petition!
Culture depends on copyright. Without it, creators cannot make a living and freedom of expression suffers. Authors, publishers and booksellers have launched a petition calling for an EU copyright system that supports the creative sector.

Please sign this important petition here

Children love reading: IPA's World Book Day infographic
Hurray! 83% of children like being read aloud to at home. Boo! 18% would be embarassed if friends saw them reading. 

Our 9 fascinating facts about children and reading are here.


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! IPA Congress 2016, London 
The 31st International Publishers Congress will be held in London on April 10-11 2016. A special launch offer runs until the end of May, letting you reserve your place for £750.

Start planning for London! Secure your participation here.

Date announced for 4th What Works conference
IPA's annual educational publishing event will take place during the IPA Congress in London, on April 11th 2016. Find out how you can get involved by contacting our Policy Director José Borghino,

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