Tbilisi 30 March 2017 – Childhood literacy in Georgia will be a primary casualty of a well-meaning but destructive free schoolbook law that has handed the government control of all textbook production and stripped publishers and authors of their intellectual property rights, the IPA warned today.

The Educational Publishers Forum (EPF) – an influential grouping of world K-12 textbook publishers mobilized by the International Publishers Association in 2009 – has elected a new Chair and Vice Chair, bringing fresh impetus to the group as it seeks to consolidate its impact on global textbook policy.

The IPA and The London Book Fair have announced the speaker line-up for the fifth edition of their What Works? Successful Publishing Resources & Technologies for the Future education conference, in association with The Publishers Association (PA).

Public educational performance in Mozambique is likely to plunge when a change in textbook policy takes hold, the IPA has warned the country’s education minister, who has announced that all secondary school pupils will only have access to one book per subject per year from 2017.

Four Georgian publishers that are facing bankruptcy because of a government scheme to commandeer the textbook market took their case to the European Court of Human Rights, this month, in a last-gasp bid for survival.

Three years after the Kenyan government introduced VAT on books, the country's publishing and bookselling industries – of which educational books represent 85% – have been decimated by the move, according to the Kenyan Publishers Association (KPA).

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