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July 2015
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Country report: Publishing in Georgia

Government interference and piracy mean tough times for publishers.

Global VAT/GST on books and e-books

Our new special report reveals major differences in taxing print and digital.


David Whitaker,
'Father of ISBN' 

The man behind the global identifier for books reveals how it all got started.

Welcome to the July 2015 newsletter

We publish a new IPA/FEP special report into Global VAT/GST on Books & E-Books, revealing startling differences between national and regional approaches to taxation. We report on the conditions for book publishing in Georgia, and IPA President Richard Charkin interviews David Whitaker, the 'Father of ISBN'. Finally, we reveal which city has been named as World Book Capital for 2017.

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Which countries apply most tax to books?
A new IPA/FEP special report reveals wide differences in national approaches to taxing books. Only 22% of countries apply standard rate VAT/GST to printed books, while 69% apply standard VAT/GST to e-books. The global average VAT/GST rate for print is 5.75% while for digital it is 12.25%. If you want to learn more, including which country applies the highest rate of VAT to printed books (clue: it starts with D), you'll find the answers in the survey.

Access the IPA/FEP special report on taxation here.

David Whitaker: "It was a time when anything was possible"
IPA President Richard Charkin interviewed David Whitaker, who chaired the panel which planned the UK's Standard Book Number system, which subsequently evolved into ISBN, the world's essential identifier for books. They discussed the challenges David and his peers encountered, which publishers were (and weren't) keen on the concept, and how a UK scheme turned into a global standard.

Read Richard's interview with David Whitaker here.

IPA Country Report: Publishing in Georgia
Internet piracy and government monopolization of the school textbook market makes publishing challenging in Georgia, yet revenues have grown by 500% since 2007 and publishers are looking forward with confidence. Gvantsa Jobava, Chair of the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association, has produced a comprehensive sector report, with information on turnover, market share of sales channels, and the repercussions of government interference.

Read our special report on Georgia's publishing sector here.

World Book Capital City 2017: Conakry, Guinea
We're delighted to announce that Conakry has been awarded the title of World Book Capital City for 2017. With a young population hungry for knowledge, and publishers in need of support, the award should go a long way to boosting the country's reading culture and book infrastructure.

Read more about this here.

Goodbye Dougal! A message from IPA Secretary Jens Bammel
Sadly, this is the last IPA newsletter that will be curated by Dougal Thomson, who is leaving IPA after two years. During his time here Dougal has revised our communication strategy, revamped our web site, put us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, introduced membership surveys, authored a number of great reports, advised on our congress and other events. He has helped in countless other ways, big and small. Joanna, José and I are sad to lose a dear colleague who diligently, cleverly and without much ado changed our secretariat and shifted our understanding of what good communication is. Dougal will be sorely missed by all of us and we wish him well in his new role as Head of Communications for the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), right across the street from our offices in Geneva. Thank you, Dougal!

FEATURED EVENT: Educational publishing conference, Finland, 12-15 August
The Finnish Book Publishers Association is holding an educational publishing conference in Turku from 12 to 15 August, 2015, bringing educational publishers together with teachers, technologists and policy makers to debate how to improve the learning environment. The programme features a wide range of lectures, panel discussions and workshops, designed to deliver maximum value for attendees. IPA Policy Director José Borghino will be attending, and hopes to see you there!

For full details, and to reserve your place, visit the event website

Sign the #copyrightforfreedom petition, protect creative industries! 
Europe's creative sector depends on a robust copyright system which fosters innovation and which supports freedom of expression. Authors, publishers and booksellers are petitioning the European Parliament to ensure that copyright underpins cultural diversity and allows differences of opinions to flourish.

Sign this important petition here.

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