This month: Literacy in the UK, collecting societies, textbooks in South Africa

November 2014

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The future for collective rights management

Our latest IPA special report reveals how collective licensing schemes are evolving to fit the digital age and how publishers stand to benefit.

Let's get every UK child reading well by 2025!

The UK ranks 22nd out of 24 developed countries in literacy. The Publishers' Association's Richard Mollet tells us about Read On. Get On. a new campaign that tackles the problem head on.

 

The dangers of South Africa's textbook policy 

We explain the serious risks ahead for pupils, teachers, authors and publishers if a draft law to allow only one textbook per subject per grade goes through. 
Welcome to the November 2014 newsletter!
A new IPA special report explains how collective licensing schemes are changing and what those changes mean for publishers. Richard Mollet from the Publishers' Association tells us about a new campaign to boost UK literacy, and we assess the damaging repercussions which South Africa's draft single textbook law would create for pupils, teachers, publishers and authors.
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IPA Special Report: Collective Rights Management
Revenues from collective licenses go straight to publishers' bottom lines. Our latest special report explains how collecting schemes are evolving for the digital age, with interviews and analysis from Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. Discover why publishers should grasp the licensing opportunity.

Access our special report here.

Let's fix the UK's literacy deficit! 
The UK is the only country in the developed world where adults aged 55-65 have better literacy skills than people aged 16-24. Read On. Get On. is a new campaign which aims to ensure that by 2025 all children leave primary school as confident readers. Richard Mollet explains how publishers can play their part.

Read all about it here.

South Africa's proposed single textbook law is bad news for everyone
Educational publishers contribute 66% of South Africa's publishing industry revenues. A proposed new single textbook law risks decimating the market, as well as hurting pupils and teachers. The IPA has written to South Africa's education minister explaining why, when it comes to education, one size never fits all.

Read our press release and our letter to South Africa's government here.

Hallelujah! Amazon-Hachette dispute finally resolved
The conflict that has dominated publishing news in 2014 has finally been resolved in a deal which gives Hachette the ability to set its own prices for ebooks sold through Amazon. 

Read analysis of the deal and its implications here.

"Booktubers" phenomenon discussed in Paris
Our colleagues at the French Publishers' Association SNE held a successful event in Paris exploring how the digital book market is developing. It's clear that online bloggers are playing an increasingly crucial role in driving buzz around new titles.

You can read a write-up of the event (and watch a booktuber in action) here.

IPA Congress 2015, Bangkok - last chance for early bird discounts!
The IPA Congress will bring the publishing world's leaders together in Bangkok on 24-26 March 2015, to explore how publishers can best respond to the challenges of the digital era.

Discover the packed programme and reserve your place here.

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