Iran has never signed the Bern Convention and has no effective copyright legislation. When still a young student, Majid Ghasemi grew increasingly uncomfortable about reading pirated materials. So he decided to act, launching a ribbon campaign with the label "No Illegal Downloading". Three years later, Majid is CEO of Fidibo, Iran's leading ebook distribution channel, offering licensed titles from over 120 publishers.
The IPA spoke to Majid about Fidibo's rapid rise and how readers and publishers can combine to combat book piracy. It's an inspiring story, available to read here.
Nigeria’s rich literary heritage has produced great writers such as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri and Chimamanda Adichie. Yet its creative economy is crippled by chronic and rampant piracy - it’s estimated that illegal sales account for 75% of the book market. In a new IPA report, Lawrence Aladesuyi, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Publishers Association explains how an international piracy network is operating, and what can be done to fight back.
Read Lawrence's analysis here.
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.