The IPA interviewed pioneering comic-book publisher Patrick Pinchart about crowdfunding models for publishing. His publishing house, Sandawe, has already produced twenty titles through a participatory financing model, and they are poised to expand the scheme. We learnt how the Sandawe model works, what it means for ther role of publisher, and the impact on authors and readers.
Until recently, publishers have been wary of allowing libraries to lend e-books, concerned about the effect on sales. Now, innovative approaches are emerging which give publishers control over pricing and lending terms, making e-book lending an attractive value proposition. A new IPA special report, Innovation in E-book Lending, assesses a number of the most promising schemes in the United States, Europe and Brazil.
You can access the report here.
The IPA, along with the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) and UNESCO, have awarded the title of World Book Capital 2016 to Wroclaw, in Poland. The Wroclaw bid impressed through its focus on grass-roots community reading initiatives, as well as its wide-ranging support of book publishing. We look forward to working with Wroclaw in the run up to 2016 - gratulacje!
Ihar Lohvinau, the Belarusian publisher who won the IPA 2014 Freedom to Publish Prize has been honoured at a special ceremony in Vilnius, organised by the Federation of European Publishers (FEP). Šarūnas Birutis, Lithuanian Minister of Culture and Richard Charkin, Vice-President of the IPA congratulated Mr Lohvinau on his achievement and praised his determination to continue publishing despite having had his licence withdrawn by the Belarusian authorities.
In the picture, Minister Birutis holds a copy of Lohvinau Press' 2011 title "Belarus Press Photo 2011". It includes an image of a protestor who has been assaulted by police, which led Belarus’ Ministry of Information to accuse the publishing house of "extremism".
Richard Charkin commented that "having lost his licence to publish in his home country, Ihar Lohvinau is now compelled to publish in exile, here in Lithuania. His story shows how publishers are at the front line in the defence of universal human rights."
The IPA is pleased to launch the Global Fixed Book Price Report. With renewed debate about the merits of fixed book price (FBP) systems, this new research project contains details of the FBP schemes currently in operation. It includes a history of the development of FBP, an overview of the arguments commonly presented for and against FBP and
information about recent FBP developments around the world.
We make it available to everyone with an interest in the topic. You can access the report here.
A new UNESCO report, Reading in the Mobile Era, reveals the rapid growth in people who consider their mobile phone to be the most convenient, affordable and accessible reading portal. The study, which draws on over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing nations, highlights the phone's role in advancing literacy and nurturing a culture of reading. It also reveals how mobile reading presents a compelling growth market for publishers.
You can read the full report here.