This month: Ebooks in Iran, piracy in Nigeria, Ukraine

October 2014

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Fidibo: inside Iran's ebook market

Until now, copyright has never been effectively protected in Iran. We interviewed Fidibo's Majid Ghasemi about a new ebook portal that brings legal copies to readers. It's growing fast!

IPA Country Report: Ukraine

Armed conflict, VAT increases, funding cuts and inadequate infrastructure. Oleksandr Afonin reveals the alarming conditions for book publishers in Ukraine. 

Fighting piracy in Nigeria

Illegal sales account for 75% of Nigeria's book market. A new IPA report reveals how an international piracy network operates and how publishers can fight back.
Welcome to the October 2014 newsletter!
We reveal how a new e-book portal in Iran is winning respect for copyright. We also have special reports on market conditions for publishers in Ukraine and on the piracy problems affecting publisher revenues in Nigeria. Please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues, who can subscribe here.


Defending copyright in Iran
When a young Iranian student grew uncomfortable about reading pirated materials, he decided to act, launching a ribbon campaign with the slogan "No illegal downloading". Three years later, Majid Ghasemi is CEO of Fidibo, Iran's leading ebook distributor, offering licensed titles from over 120 publishers. 

You can read the inspiring story of Fidibo's rapid rise here.

IPA report: publishing in Ukraine
Conflict with Russia, increased piracy and a chronic lack of funding are amounting to a perfect storm for publishers in Ukraine. Sales have fallen by 30% in the last 12 months and a planned VAT hike on books threatens to put 50% of publishers out of business. Oleksandr Afonin of the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association has prepared a report on the perilous state of the publishing sector, calling for urgent action to support Ukrain'e reading and publishing culture.

Our Ukraine market report is here.

Leading the fight against book piracy in Nigeria 
Africa's largest economy has produced great writers such as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri and Chimamanda Adichie. Yet its creative sector is crippled by rampant piracy. Lawrence Aladesuyi of the Nigerian Publishers Association has prepared a new report, detailing how pirate networks are evolving and explaining how international publishers can protect their Nigerian revenues.

Access our Nigeria report here.

IPA Congress 2015 - early bird discounts until November 30th!
Registration is open for the IPA Congress, which for over 100 years has been the leading platform for high-level debate of the most important challenges facing the publishing industry. The 2015 Congress takes place in Bangkok on March 24-26 2015, with an agenda specifically focused on digital opportunities. Early-bird prices run until November 30th. Book now to secure your place!

The IPA Congress agenda and registration details are here.

Georgia State University copyright case rumbles on
A US appeals court has reversed a previous ruling in the long-running legal battle over "fair use" of copyrighted materials on university campuses. While ostensibly a victory for publishers, the fight is far from over,

You can read an assessment of the latest ruling and its implications here.

E-book trends - new data and forecasts
A new French survey from Hadopi and Ifop has revealed that 11% of people are now reading e-books, with tablets the most popular reading devices. Meanwhile, PricewaterhouseCoopers have predicted that e-book sales will overtake print in the US and the UK by 2018. 


IPA Member Event
The 2014 UK PA International Conference, Reaching the International Consumer Across Borders, takes place on Thursday, 11th December in London. There will be market focuses on Japan and Mexico and expert advice on reaching consumers and copyright enforcement.

Early bird discounts end tomorrow, so book your places now! Full details are here.
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