This month: WIPO news, Canadian market report, e-books in Italy, literacy in Mozambique, digital legal deposit

July 2014

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Market Report: Canada

In the world's second largest country, publishing is big business: 4 out of 5 Canadians are regular readers. Learn more in our new report into the main market drivers.

Digital legal deposit

A new IPA special report on how legal deposit schemes are being adapted around the world for the digital age: publishers, take note!

E-books in Italy

Italy's e-book market is growing fast, with trade revenues on course to double in 2014. Antonio Tombolini from Simplicissimus Book Farm gives us the facts and figures.
Welcome to the July 2014 newsletter!
We have a market report on the publishing industry in Canada as well as insight into Italy's fast-changing e-book sector. There is a new IPA Special Report on digital legal deposit schemes, and we reveal what happened when WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright met in Geneva. And we have an inspiring feature about a groundbreaking literacy and publishing project in Mozambique.

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WIPO fails to reach a conclusion (again)
Earlier this month, WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights met in Geneva, with the IPA playing an active role. Despite constructive debate during the week, the event ended in acrimony when the Committee failed to reach a consensus on how to deal with library exceptions. Developing world countries wanted to see a commitment to “work towards an international collaborative framework” (the term that some states read as “treaty”) on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, while industrialised countries didn’t. The committee ended without formal conclusion or any recommendations to the WIPO General Assemblies, joining a number of other unresolved issues at WIPO. IPA expects that during the General Assemblies in September, negotiations will take place, perhaps trading a broadcasting treaty off against an agreement on other instruments.


New insight into Italy's e-book sector
After a slow start, Italy's e-book sector is growing fast, with trade e-book revenues expected to double during 2014. The IPA spoke to Antonio Tombolini, founder and CEO of Italy's largest e-book distributor, Simplicissimus, about the forces driving the e-book market, Italian book buying and reading habits, and the disruptive impact of self publishing.

You can read Antonio's analysis here


Country report: Publishing in Canada
Our colleagues at the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres have produced a detailed report on the publishing sector. Best-performing genres, digital's share of the market, new copyright concerns, the rise of self-publishing etc... it's all included.

Read our Canada Country Report here.


IPA Special Report: Digital Legal Deposit
Legal deposit schemes require publishers to submit copies of books and journals to a national library. While the process for printed titles developed over centuries, the digital age is forcing countries to quickly create schemes for legal deposit of e-books, journals and other electronic content. Our new special report reveals how digital legal deposit is developing in the UK, Germany, France and around the world.

Access the IPA special report here.


Formiga Juju: how books can transform communities
In 2011, Mozambican writer Cristiana Pereira invented a story about an ant named Juju to amuse her young son. Three years later, Formiga Juju is an award-winning publishing and literacy project that delivers books and learning to the country's poorest communities. The IPA spoke to Cristiana Pereira about her experiences, about the appetite for reading and about how best to scale up the impact of literacy programmes.

Read our interview with Cristiana here.


Coming up next month
We will have an in-depth report on Spain's publishing market. If there is a particular topic you would like IPA to cover, contact thomson@internationalpublishers.org and tell us what interests you.


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