IPA World Book Report 2016 published; Bangladeshi publisher who survived murder attempt joins panelists at IPA Congress 2016; IPA making deeper inroads into Latin America after first-time gathering in Havana...and much more 
February 2016
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Fair Report 2016: insights, interviews and insider knowledge  

discussion panel at BCBF

Bangladeshi publisher Tutul joins IPA Congress freedom to publish debate



Cuba focus: IPA making deeper inroads into Latin America

Welcome to the February 2016 newsletter

This month, we launch the IPA's annual World Book Fair Report, including interviews with the minds behind the Frankfurt, Beijing and Bologna book fairs; a new panellist – with a distressing backstory – joins the freedom to publish debate at the 31st International Publishers Congress; and we update you on the work the IPA has been doing in Cuba to raise the organization's profile and reach in Latin America. 

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The IPA World Book Fair Report 2016 

In 2015 the IPA released a special report on the future of book fairs, which found that book fairs are still the engine that keeps the wheels of the publishing business turning. The IPA World Book Fair Report 2016 looks at some of the world’s standout fairs, and asks the people behind them how they will stay ahead of the curve. 

Read the 2016 report


Attacked Bangladeshi publisher joins IPA Congress freedom to publish debate

Bangladeshi publisher Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (aka 'Tutul'), who survived an attempt on his life by Islamist extremists in Dhaka last autumn, will join the freedom to publish panel at the 31st International Publishers Congress, in London, in April 2016. 

Read more here

Cuba focus: IPA making deeper inroads into Latin America

The IPA has been making further inroads into Latin America after Secretary General José Borghino joined the first ever meeting in Havana, Cuba, of IPA associate member the Grupo IberoAmericano de Editores (GIE).

Read more here

Richard Charkin: Let's hear it for the publishers

In a blog post originally published by The Bookseller on 22 February, IPA President Richard Charkin makes a compelling defence of publishers, who are unfairly maligned for being overcautious, greedy and incompetent. "We are a flexible, forward-looking, author-supporting, investing, tax-paying, global industry," he argues.

Read more here


Is risk-aversion necessarily a bad thing in publishing? 

UK-based industry watcher Matt Goolding suggests that a little caution now could generate greater benefits for publishers, authors and readers in the not-too-distant future. 

Read more here

Sharjah's investment in Arabic literature: 1,001 titles by 2017

IPA Executive Committee member, Kalimat Group founding CEO and Knowledge without Borders (KWB) director Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi has announced at a news conference in Sharjah the launch of 1,001 Titles, a plan to release 1,001 Arabic books by 2017.

Read more here

IPA Congress 2016

Don't forget that the IPA Congress will take place in London from 9 to 14 April 2016. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network, exchange knowledge and be inspired by the foremost leaders in world publishing.  Buy your ticket now

IPA members and their members qualify for a 10% discount, and we have introduced a new one-day rate. To get your discount code, or for more information contact steward@internationalpublishers.com

The 31st IPA International Publishers Congress has been programmed in close collaboration with London Book Fair and the Publishers Association (UK).

The package includes:
•           Saturday 9th April: Cocktail reception
•           Sunday 10th April: IPA Congress: ‘Publishing Now: Creativity, Anti-Censorship and Commerce’ plus a Gala Dinner
•           Monday 11th April: the ‘Quantum: Publishing & So Much More’ conference
•           Tuesday 12th April: a choice of ‘What Works?’ Education Publishing Conference, or Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum, plus in the evening the LBF International Excellence Awards including the IPA’s 2016 Freedom to Publish Prize
•           and access to the London Book Fair from 12 to 14 April.

Check the latest programme for the 31st International Publishers Congress here. Highlights include a keynote by British author Philip Pullman; and contributions from leading Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany; Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization; John Whittingdale, UK secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport; Arnaud Nourry, Chief Executive of Hachette Livre (France) and many more.


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