“The piracy problem is colossal”. Ameena Saiyid, OUP’s woman in Pakistan

Ameena Saiyid

We interviewed Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director of Oxford University Press in Pakistan, about how the conditions for publishing are changing in the country.

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Insight: South-East Asia's publishing sector

Jakarta skyline

We explored the conditions for publishing in South-East Asia with IPA Board Member, Trasvin Jittidecharak. As she reveals, the overall outlook is positive thanks to favourable macro-economics and demographics, however publishers are experiencing a number of challenges: piracy, threats to copyright and freedom of expression, and an infrastructure & technology shortage which hampers the development of digital publishing.

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Bookspotting app mobilises literature

Bookspotting

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.

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Changing times in academic and educational publishing

Peter Phillips, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press

The IPA spoke with Peter Phillips, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, about the current upheaval in academic and educational publishing, trading conditions worldwide, the future for open access, new customer expectations and the market outlook for 2014 and beyond.

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“We are perceived as dinosaurs... relics from another era”. How to change publishing’s image problem?

IPA President YS Chi

Publishing needs to face up to to its image problem, IPA President YS Chi said during a speech to the UK Publishers International Conference in London.

“In the digital age, we are perceived as relics from another era. No longer guardians of culture, we are now greedy gatekeepers of knowledge." This perception stems from the fact that "the majority of people do not know what publishers actually do.”

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Jeddah knight: science-fiction publishing, Saudi style

HWJN

It isn't easy being a science-fiction publisher in one of the most conservative societies in the world.

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