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IPA Newsletter, April 2014

Insight for publishers, worldwide

In this month's newsletter

In-depth interviews with Ameena Saiyid, OUP's inspirational leader in Pakistan, Ihar Lohvinau, winner of the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize and Simon Dunlop, founder of fast-growing e-book subscription service Bookmate. Mpuka Radinku provides a report on the publishing sector in South Africa, we tell you about the young mother jailed in Turkey for selling books and we reveal details of the new IPA Book Fair Partnership programme. Do share the newsletter with friends and colleagues; they can subscribe by clicking here


"The piracy problem is colossal": Ameena Saiyid on being a publisher in Pakistan

We interviewed OUP's Managing Director, the only woman to ever lead a multinational company in Pakistan, about copyright and IP infringement, censorship, pressures on authors and bookstores and how the publishing sector can be boosted. We also learnt why she launched the Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals and why she's nostalgic for the days of "rickshaws and seedy hotels".

Read our interview with Ameena Saiyid here.

"We intend to defend our rights": Ihar Lohvinau, 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize winner

If you think it's tough being a publisher in Western Europe or the US, try Belarus. Ihar Lohvinau's licence was withdrawn by Belarus’ Ministry of Information after he published a book "presenting Belarus in grim colours". He is now forced to publish in exile from Lithuania. We spoke to him about his situation and about the realities of publishing in a country often referred to as "Europe's last dictatorship".

Our interview with Ihar Lohvinau is here.


Subscription + social + B2B2C: inside the world of Bookmate

Bookmate, the Russian-based e-book subscription service, won the Digital Minds Innovation Award at this year’s London Book Fair. The IPA spoke to Simon Dunlop of Dream Industries, the company behind Bookmate, about the firm's business model and expansion plans, and learnt how e-reading habits are changing ("it's clear that the mobile phone is winning"). 

Read our interview with Simon here.

IPA country report: South Africa

Mpuka Radinku from the Publishers Association of South Africa has prepared a report on the market conditions for publishing, revealing that digitization represents both the biggest challenge and the most compelling growth opportunity for publishers.

You can read his report here.


Handicapped mother of twins sentenced to jail in Turkey: for selling books 

Mulkiye Demir Kilinc, a 31 year-old mother of baby twins, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment in Turkey for "consciously and voluntarily helping a terrorist organisation". The only evidence against Ms Kilinc, who is physically handicapped and who works at the Mezopotamya Cultural Centre in Istanbul, is that she sold books to a man accused of being a member of PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party. The books included titles from French writer Michel Foucault and Turkish writers Nazim Hikmet and Elif Safak. She faces imprisonment on May 19th.

Please support the campaign to overturn the court's decision by signing this petition.


IPA Book Fairs Partnership launched

Book fairs have a crucial role to play in supporting the growth of the publishing sector. IPA has created the Book Fair Partnership Programme to recognise best practice and to actively assist and promote book fairs which serve our industry. Book fair partners benefit from a wide range of services including use of the IPA name and logo, marketing/PR advice and access to the IPA's global database of publishers and suppliers.

Discover how to apply here.


USD 1 million in grants for translating Indonesian books

Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture has launched the “I-LIT Program” (Indonesian Literature in Translation) to promote the appreciation of Indonesian books through their translation into foreign languages. USD 1 Million in funding is available for 2014, with more funding planned for 2015 and beyond. Indonesian and foreign publishers, authors and translators can all apply for the grants, which cover up to 100% of translation costs, 

More details are here.


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Ameena Saiyid: beating piracy in Pakistan

Read our interview with Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director of Oxford University Press.


Ihar Lohvinau: defending freedom to publish 

Ihar Lohvinau from Belarus is the deserving winner of the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize. Read his story here.

Innovation in e-books

Simon Dunlop, founder of award-winning app Bookmate, told us that "subscription + social + B2B2C" adds up to e-book success. 

Country Report: South Africa

There are big opportunities in digital publishing, as our new report reveals.
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