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.
Legal deposit schemes, which require publishers to submit copies of books and journals to a national library, is considered a vital part in preserving a country’s cultural heritage. While national approaches to legal deposit developed over centuries, the digital age has meant that countries suddenly need to adapt legal deposit schemes so that they work securely and effectively for electronic publications.
A new IPA report reveals how policies and processes are being developed and implemented which allow digital content, whether in the form of e-books, journals, blogs or website content, to be collected and archived. It contains in-depth analysis of schemes in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France and Italy, as well as details from Japan, China, Brazil, the United States, Australia and Canada.
The report is available here.
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."