We can reveal two more short-listed nominees for the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize: Irina Balakhonova from Russia and Myay Hmone Lwin from Myanmar.
Irina Balakhonova runs the Samokat publishing house, which since 2003 has published books for children and young adults, raising Russian readers' awareness of issues often considered sensitive or taboo. In 2013, amidst a climate of homophobia and the passing of a state law banning the promotion of homosexuality, she published "The Jester Cap" by Daria Wilke, a young-adult novel about a gay character's struggle to find acceptance.
Myay Hmone Lwin founded the Ngar Doe Sar Pay publishing house in 2003, when he was only 17 years old. Operating in a climate of military rule and strict censorship, he has fought hard to publish works of literary and cultural significance, leading to the publishing house being temporarily banned in 2012.
The Bureau international de l'édition française (BIEF) has published new research into how digital rights are being acquired, and how translation rights for digital editions are being licensed, around the world. By questioning publishers and rights directors in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America, they reveal how contracts are being drafted, how authors are being remunerated, and how pricing policy is evolving.
Among the findings, it's notable that whereas the acquisition of digital rights for an augmented version of the work (enhanced or multimedia) was limited in 2011, it had become mainstream by 2013: 58% of publishing houses now obtain the rights holder's agreement to produce enhanced content and 51% obtain the rights to produce multimedia content.
Six publishers have been short-listed for the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize, which will be awarded during the London Book Fair on April 8th. The Prize honours a person or an organisation that has made a notable contribution to the defence and promotion of freedom to publish. Reflecting on the large number of nominations that were submitted, IPA Vice-President Richard Charkin commented that it was "good news for the award, bad news for the world".
Today we reveal the first two short-listed nominees: Nguyen Vu Binh of Vietnam and Ilbay Kahraman of Turkey. Both have been harassed and prosecuted for their publications and both have demonstrated great courage in leading the fight for freedom of expression within their countries.
Publishing houses, authors, literary agents, copyright experts, book fairs and publishing associations are gearing up for the 10th Latin American Publishing Congress, which takes place on March 28-30 in San Salvador. The biennial event will be hosted by the Central American Group of Book Chambers and Book Associations (GRUCAL).
The IPA will be participating at the Congress and strongly supports publisher attendance. Early-bird discounts apply until March 11th, and more details are available here.
The French publishing industry has rallied to the defence of children's literature after a leading politician publically attacked a children’s book.
Speaking on the “Grand Jury” radio programme, Jean-François Copé, President of France’s opposition UMP party, produced a copy of Tous à poil! (Everybody naked!), by the author Claire Franek. "When I saw this, my heart missed a beat. It’s on the recommended reading list for primary school children. There’s a naked teacher, naked baby, naked babysitter, naked neighbors, naked granny, a naked dog… The role of UMP leadership is to say ‘enough is enough’”.
Mr Copé’s outburst has been condemned by publishers, authors, librarians and book stores, as well as by teachers, parents and rival politicians. Speaking on behalf of the Syndicat National de l’Edition (French Publishers Association), Flammarion’s Hélène Wadowski said that “books should not be used for political manoeuvring”.
“Publishers take their responsibilities seriously when choosing texts which invite readers to discover the pleasure of stories and which help them understand the world around them. Through books, children build judgment and learn to reason. Let’s trust them!”
Tous à poil is now riding high in the French bestsellers list as a result of Mr Copé’s outburst and the ensuing public debate.
Everyone concerned with education wants to improve results, but what combination of policy, pedagogy, content and technology works best? The IPA, along with The Publishers Association and the London Book Fair will hold the second "What Works" meeting on Thursday 10th April at the Earls Court Conference Centre, as part of The London Book Fair. The conference brings together policy makers, international agencies, academics, teachers, publishers and technology advocates for a day of debate and analysis, designed to identify ‘what works’.
Speakers include WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry, IPA President Youngsuk 'YS' Chi and experts from The World Bank, Oxford University Press, European Commission,
Microsoft, OECD and many more. Full details are available here: please note that discounted registrations are available until February 28th, so book your place sooner rather than later!