This month: Crowdfunding, VAT, Southeast Asia, Frankfurt

September 2014

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Market Report: Southeast Asia

We interviewed Stan Gunn about the challenges and growth opportunities for publishing in the dynamic ASEAN region.

Crowdfunding & publishing

With crowdfunding taking off around the world, Amanda Barbara from Pubslush explains what new funding models mean for publishers and authors.

Iceland: paradise lost?

Iceland publishes more books per head of population than any other country, but a new government plan to raise VAT on books risks criplling the country's publishing sector. 
Welcome to the September 2014 newsletter!
We have a comprehensive guide to the publishing market in Southeast Asia, as well as an interview with crowdfunding pioneer Amanda Barbara of Pubslush. We explain how Iceland's book industry is threatened by a proposed VAT rise and we reveal what IPA has in store both for the Frankfurt Book Fair and for the IPA Congress in Bangkok. 
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Market Report: Southeast Asia
Stan Gunn from Edge Ventures has produced a useful guide to market conditions for publishing across the dynamic ASEAN region. He assesses the piracy challenge and conditions for bookstores, reveals which national markets and sectors are best poised for growth, and tells us about the rapid growth in reading on digital devices.

You can read Stan's expert analysis here

The rise of crowdfunding
Crowdfunding presents itself as a democratic publishing process which can quickly prove whether a work has market value. We spoke to Amanda Barbara of Pubslush about the opportunities which crowdfunding creates for publishers, how crowdfunding applications are evolving and the types of authors and books which are gravitating towards the model.

You can read our interview with Amanda here.

Iceland, don't turn your back on books!
Iceland’s identity has been built on books and stories  The small nation publishes more titles per head of population than anywhere else in the world, but its book industry and infrastructure is fragile. With Iceland's government planning to raise the VAT rate on books from 7% to 12%, we reveal the damage this would create for the publishing sector. 

Learn how a VAT hike would impact Iceland's book industry here.

Global Book Monitor 2014: new industry data revealed in Frankfurt 
Each year, the IPA publishes data on national book markets. A launch event at the Frankfurt Book Fair will present and discuss the 2014 report, which has been expanded to cover over 40 countries. The meeting takes place from 12pm to 1pm on Thursday 9th October, in the Dimension room in Hall 4.0. To book your place, email

IPA Congress 2015 is open for business!
For over a hundred years, the IPA Congress has allowed publishing leaders to build succesful businesses. The 2015 Congress will take place in Bangkok on March 24-26 2015, with a rich agenda designed to help publishers embrace the digital age. Registration is now open, with special early-bird prices running until October 31st. Book now to secure your place!

Discover the latest IPA Congress agenda here. And join us at the IPA Congress Cocktail Reception in Frankfurt on Thursday, 9 October: 17.00-18.00 in Hall 5.0, stand D26. You can win a free trip to Bangkok!


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