Satire under fire, future of book fairs, Research4Life
January 2015
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IPA special report:
Future of Book Fairs

Our latest report analyses the changing role of book fairs in the publishing world.

scales up its impact

Learn how 195 publishers are providing poor countries with free access to content.

Post-Charlie Hebdo: can satire survive?

Leading cartoonist Zapiro reveals an alarming new climate of fear, caution and self-censorship.

Welcome to the January 2015 newsletter

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This month, we discuss the Charlie Hebdo attack with leading cartoonist Zapiro, we report on a publisher-led initiative to expand access to research in developing countries and we publish a new IPA special report on the future of book fairs. 

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Post-Charlie Hebdo. "There's a lot of caution, self-censorship & fear"
South African political cartoonist Zapiro was the winner of the 2012 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize. In the wake of the appalling attack on Charlie Hebdo, we discussed the right to be irreverent and whether satire can survive in a context of violent intolerance. 

Read our interview with Zapiro here.

Future of Book Fairs: IPA special report
Book fairs are publishing's vital stimulant. They help publishers, agents, distributors and retailers to do business, they attract media and public attention, they provide platforms for authors and innovators. A new IPA report explores how book fairs are evolving, with case studies from London Book Fair, BookExpo America and Sharjah International Book Fair. There are details of IPA's new Book Fair Partnerships Programme, as well as findings from our recent industry-wide book fairs survey.

Read our special report on book fairs here.

Research4Life: boosting access to research in the developing world
195 publishers are now participating in Research4Life, a public-private partnership designed to provide developing countries with free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content, online. We interviewed project director Richard Gedye about how the scheme works, its impact to date, and how more publishers can get involved.

Read our Research4Life feature here.

Le future du livre se jouera-t-il sur YouTube?
Dans notre nouveau blog francophone, Le Monde Numérique, nous évaluons comment les éditeurs peuvent bénéficier de la croissance rapide de YouTube, notamment à travers les « booktubers » qui mettent en ligne des vidéos parlant des livres et de la lecture.

Lisez notre article ici.

We're getting ready for Bangkok!
Only two more months until the publishing world's leaders gather for the 30th IPA Congress takes place in Bangkok (March 24-26). Registration only costs $700 for the entire three-day event. Be smart and invest in your participation!

Book your place for Bangkok here.

Library e-lending: we're at a fork in the road, but with one dead end
Civic Agenda EU has published a comprehensive study of library e-lending schemes in Europe and North America. Despite leaning heavily towards the library perspective, it does provide important insight into which strategy is most likely to produce sustainable e-lending models for the future.

Discover more here.
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