Each year, the IPA produces an in-depth report into the evolution of global publishing markets. This year, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Sharjah International Book Fair, we have expanded the report to cover 42 countries, providing insight into domestic market value and publishers' net revenues, the number of titles being produced and the strength of exports. The report includes data on title production in 19 Latin American countries, illustrating how the ecosystems of domestic and imported book production are developing.
The statistics are included in our new Annual Report, which you can access here.
Stan Gunn from Edge Ventures has produced a comprehensive guide to market conditions for publishing across the dynamic ASEAN region. He assesses the piracy challenge and conditions for bookstores, reveals which national markets and sectors are best poised for growth and assesses changes in book buying and reading habits such as the rapid growth in reading on digital devices.
You can read Stan's expert analysis here
Bloomsbury's Richard Charkin has been elected as the next IPA President at our annual General Assembly in Frankfurt. Having served as IPA Vice-President since 2013, Richard will become President in January 2015, succeeding Youngsuk 'Y.S.' Chi, who has completed a four-year term of office.
Commenting on his appointment, Richard reflected that "there has never been a time when there have been more issues affecting publishing - new business models, new threats to copyright, new challenges to freedom of expression, new and hugely powerful industry forces, greater than ever need for education - and there has never been a time of more opportunity to publish well in science, in culture, in education and in literature."
A biography of Richard is available here.
Online piracy is a massive challenge for all economies which depend on their creative industries, hurting publishers' and authors’ income, employees’ jobs and governments’ tax revenues. In the UK, a new, dedicated police unit is tackling online IP crime with impressive results. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is targeting websites which are actively engaged in copyright violation, disrupting pirates' businesses and cutting off their revenue streams.
The IPA spoke to Andy Fyfe, Head of PIPCU, about the unit's work. You can read our interview with him here.
The Federación de Gremios de Editores de España (Spanish publishers association) has undertaken a survey into the country’s publishing market, surveying over 300 publishing firms in order to build a comprehensive report which tracks publisher revenues, average book price, best-performing genres, share of digital and much more. The IPA has produced an English-language adaptation of the full study which you can read here. The original Spanish-language report is available from the FGEE website.
Our colleagues at the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) have produced a comprehensive report on market conditions for publishing in Canada. With details of best-performing genres, digital's share of sales, new copyright concerns and the impact of slef-publishing, it's recommended reading for anyone interested in the country's book sector.
You can read the report here.