International Publishers Association



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.

Upcoming Events

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  • 10 April 2014, London, United Kingdom
    Policy-makers, publishers, teachers and technologists come together to discuss smart ways to raise educational standards. Speakers include WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and experts from the OECD & World Bank.
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  • World Book & Copyright Day takes off around the globe

    April 23rd, 2014


    Since 1995, the 23rd of April (birth date of Shakespeare and Cervantes) has been designated by UNESCO as World Book & Copyright Day, with many events taking place to celebrate books, authors and reading.

    In Madrid, the Premio Cervantes, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish language, will be awarded by the King of Spain to Elena Poniatowska, a Mexican writer and journalist. In Budapest, the International Book Fair will open. In the United States, volunteers will distribute 500,000 books provided free by publishers, with one third going to school pupils. In many other countries, World Book Day events take place on March 6th.

    You can read about the different traditions and events associated with World Book Day in a specially commissioned IPA report, available here.

  • IPA Freedom to Publish Prize generates wide coverage

    April 16th, 2014


    (Image courtesy of Roger Tagholm)

    The award of the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize to Ihar Lohvinau of Belarus has been widely reported bv international media and NGOs. The Prize was given in recognition of Mr Lohvinau's courageous efforts to defend freedom of expression in Belarus despite the government removing his publishing licence. It was accepted on his behalf by his daughter and co-worker, Alexandra Logvinova, during the London Book Fair.

    IPA Freedom to Publish Chair, Ola Wallin, who presented the award, commented that "withdrawing Lohvinau Publishing House's licence was a political attempt to stifle a creative and courageous publisher. The Prize recognises Ihar Lohvinau's achievements in continuing to publish important work while operating in Europe's last dictatorship."

    Ihar Lohvinau's success was reported by Livres Hebdo, Publishing Perspectives, Börsenblatt, IFEXGli Amanti di Libri, Publishers Weekly, EuroBelarus and many more.

  • Japanese publishing market still downsizing, but opportunity in ebooks and education

    March 21st, 2014


    We have a new Japan Country Report, prepared by Norio Yamamoto, CEO of Chuokeizai-sha Inc. It contains updated sales figures for print and ebooks, detailing the challenges facing publishers (pricing, VAT etc) and how Japanese reading and book buying habits are changing. The report reveals that while the publishing market as a whole continues to downsize, ebooks and the educational publishing sector remain good avenues for growth.

    You can access our report here.

  • "Absurd and dangerous": Apple bans French novel because of its cover

    March 21st, 2014


    The IPA has expressed serious concern about Apple's decision to ban the sale of a French novel because of its cover art. La Femme by Bénédicte Martin was withdrawn from Apple's online store this week because of the book's cover, which features an image of a naked woman whose lower torso is a knife blade. IPA Freedom to Publish Chairman Ola Wallin described Apple's decision as "absurd and dangerous. It's one thing to have a code of morals, another to try and impose it on the rest of the world."

    You can read more details about this story here.

  • Bookspotting app mobilises literature

    March 21st, 2014


    With reading habits shifting online and onto portable devices, a new app has launched which uses GPS technology to tell book-lovers if they're in the vicinity of classic scenes from literature. Bookspotting, developed by Publishing Scotland, Saraband Books and technology firm Spot Specific, is a good example of how publishers can exploit both mobile technology and the rise in cultural tourism.

    More details here.

  • Publishers from Belarus and Afghanistan join Freedom to Publish Prize short list

    March 7th, 2014


    Ihar Lohvinau (pictured) from Belarus and the Afghan PEN Centre have been included in the short list for the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize. Lohvinau Publshing House, which has operated since 2000, recently had its licence withdrawn by the Belarus government after it printed a book containing a photo of a protester who had been assaulted by police.

    The Afghan PEN Centre has played a crucial role in promoting publishing Afghanistan since 2003, printing works by male and female writers in several local languages.

    You can read our profile of Ihar Lohvinau here and of the Afghan PEN Centre here. They join Ilbay Kahraman, Nguyen Vu Binh, Irina Balakhonova and Myay Hmone Lwin on the short list for the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize. The winner will be announced at the London Book Fair on April 8th. 

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Market Values for 2012

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  • Market values for 2012 as estimated by Rüdiger Wischenbart and visualized with the Worldmapper toolset by Dr Benjamin D. Hennig from University of Sheffield


International Publishers Association – 23, avenue de France – 1202 Geneva, Switzerland – T +41 22 704 18 20 – F +41 22 704 18 21