A crucial part of IPA's mission is to inform member associations and the wider global publishing community about breaking developments which will impact publishers. We do this through a number of channels. the IPA website, our monthly e-newsletter, press releases and the IPA's dedicated social media feeds.
Freedom to Publish panel members: Ana Maria Cabanellas, Hugo Setzer, Kristenn Einarsson, Roberto Banchik

While IPA President Michiel Kolman, Vice-President-elect Bodour Al Qasimi and Secretary General José Borghino led the IPA delegation that attended WIPO’s SCCR in Geneva, President-elect Hugo Setzer and Chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee, Kristenn Einarsson, attended the Guadalajara Book Fair.

With more than 2,000 publishing houses from almost 50 counties exhibiting and an attendance of over 20,000 trade professionals and 800,000 visitors, the Guadalajara Book Fair has positioned itself as arguably the most important book fair for Spanish-language publishing. IPA has been increasing its presence over the past few years and we held a number of interesting events there this year. 

Hugo Setzer and Kristenn Einarsson participated at the meeting of the Ibero-American Publishers Group, GIE, and spoke about IPA’s activities and invited all to the International Publishers Congress 2020 which will take place in Lillehammer, Norway.

Hugo participated in a seminar organized by the collective management organisations CeMPro and IFRRO about the balance between copyright and the right to access information. Hugo argued that these two rights are not really opposed, but that copyright is a prerequisite for the creation of valuable information before anyone can have access to it.

With the help of GIE and the Mexican Publishers Association, CANIEM, IPA organised an Educational Publishers Forum meeting for Latin America. Under the chairmanship of Jorge Muñoz from Chile, we heard extremely interesting presentations about freedom to publish in education and the risk of government interference, the value of educational publishers for 21st Century education, new educational materials, and innovative marketing systems.

As part of IPA’s ongoing work to promote the freedom to publish on the international stage , IPA organised a freedom to publish seminar at the Guadalajara Book Fair for the first time. In a packed room, Hugo Setzer, Kristenn Einarsson, Ana María Cabanellas and Roberto Banchik spoke about IPA’s goals, the situation of freedom to publish in the Latin American region, the work of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee and the importance of the Prix Voltaire.

Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn


Michiel Kolman
20 May 2020
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion in the publishing industry is not only relevant for the workforce in our industry (see my previous blog on key surveys measuring exactly that), but also for what we publish. Important questions that arise are ...
Michiel Kolman
24 April 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
It has been impressive to see how fast our industry has responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19. While many publishers are busy trying to keep their businesses running, it would be easy to dismiss diversity and inclusion (D&I) as just a...
Ben Steward
23 April 2020
Publishing industry
Two weeks into the COVID-19 (née coronavirus) pandemic and its attendant doldrums, I noticed some A-list singers were performing via Instagram from the discomfort of their homes. Chris Martin and John Legend were among the first to sign up to the&nbs...
Michiel Kolman
31 March 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

Close scrutiny showed a more complex but also more positive answer for both the UK and US.

Michiel Kolman
30 January 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
As we start a new decade, the subject of diversity remains firmly on the radar for most businesses and industries in 2020. This is also true for our own publishing industry as we continue to see how issues around diversity and inclusion, such as wome...
Michiel Kolman
18 December 2019
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

IPA D&I envoy, Michiel Kolman interviews Elsevier’s Simon Holt and Springer Nature’s Kirsty Bone about their experiences of having a disability and working in the publishing industry. This is a long but fascinating read.

Hugo Setzer
07 November 2019
Publishing industry

October and the first days of November were again very busy, with visits to four different countries and three book fairs in the course of three weeks.

James Taylor
25 October 2019
Publishing industry

SCCR 39 concluded this evening with an agreement found on how to keep the Exceptions and Limitations discussion moving forward and the other agenda items wrapped up and a possible new issue raised in the chamber.

Press Releases campaign 2020


Press Releases campaign 2019


Press Releases campaign 2018


Newsletters campaigns 2020


Newsletters campaigns 2019


Newsletters campaigns 2018


International Publishers Association

23, avenue de France
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 704 18 20

Subscribe to our newsletter