The International Publishers Association (IPA) is an international industry federation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing. Established in 1896, IPA's mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness for publishing as a force for economic, cultural and political development. Around the world IPA actively fights against censorship and promotes copyright, literacy and freedom to publish. IPA is an industry association with a human rights mandate.
On 2nd December, Turkey's government introduced a law bringing VAT on e-books into line with print. The rate will drop from 18% to 8% with immediate effect. Publishers and consumers alike will benefit from prices dropping by 10%, and the IPA expects this measure to stimulate the growth of the digital sector.
IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel congratulated Turkey for “joining the small but growing number of states that have recognised that that both paper and digital books should have the same VAT rate. Otherwise, government is interfering with the reader's choice to move to digital books”
IPA participated in and jointly funded a November 14-15 conference in Lima, Peru entitled "Enhancing the Culture of Reading and Books in the Digital Age: Copyright as a means to foster creativity and access". IPA President YS Chi and Executive Committee member Ana Maria Cabanellas spoke about the importance of balanced copyright and on enhancing access to works. IPA's Policy Director Jose Borghino discussed the TIGAR project as a model for collaboration between publishers, libraries and the visually impaired. It was clear that there will be vigorous debate at the next round of WIPO copyright negotiations, with libraries pushing for broader and deeper exceptions. The IPA, local publishers and author representatives were united in arguing that copyright exceptions have reached their limit, and that there are better ways of tackling the funding dilemmas which libraries increasingly face.