Alaa Al Aswany, ISBN's future, Fondazione LIA, IPA Congress 2016
May 2015
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Will the books of the future use ISBN?

With digital content being sold in many new ways, are ISBNs still relevant? 

Alaa Al Aswany on why copyright matters

Bestelling Arab novelist: "Without copyright, people will simply stop writing."


Fondazione LIA: ebooks for all 

A new publisher-led project to promote books and reading in all forms.

Welcome to the May 2015 newsletter

The Arab world's bestselling novelist Alaa Al Aswany explains why copyright and human rights go hand in hand. We assess the future for the ISBN system, reveal the key themes for next year's IPA Congress in London and report on an Italian initiative to build accessibility into the whole book chain. Buona lettura! Please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues, who can subscribe here.


"In the absence of copyright, people will stop writing"
Alaa Al Aswany's books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Having participated in the 2011 Egyptian revolution which toppled President Mubarak, he tells us about the precarious situation for writers in countries which lack proper copyright protection.

Read our interview with Alaa Al Aswany here.

ISBN: fit for purpose in the digital age? 
International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) have long functioned as the main identification system for books. We speak to Stella Griffiths of the International ISBN Agency about the system's strengths, weaknesses, and future prospects.

Read our interview with Stella Griffiths here.

Fondazione LIA: building accessibility into the book chain
An Italian, publisher-led project to produce, promote and distribute e-books to the visually impaired has built a catalogue of 10,000 titles from 65 publishers. We speak to Cristina Mussinelli about the initiative's progress and plans.

Learn about Fondazione LIA here. 

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, and you can book your ticket for just £750. Find out more here.

Content in Context 2015 - Development & Delivery for Digital Learners 
On June 1-3, the Association of American Publishers will hold an event for educational publishers in Washington DC, featuring practical sessions on materials development and publisher growth strategies.

It will be highly valuable for anyone with a stake in education's future. Full details here.

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