Promotional graphic featuring Francis Gurry and Hugo Setzer

On Monday 20 July, watch the second part of a fascinating discussion between IPA President, Hugo Setzer, and Francis Gurry, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation where they will discuss the future of multi-lateralism and copyright.

The winners of the 2020 ABC International Excellence Award in Accessible Publishing were announced on March 10, 2020. IPA congratulates Macmillan Learning of the United States in the publisher category and Fondazione LIA in the initiative category for their important contribution in improving accessibility of digital publications for people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled.

Accessible Books Consortium

The short-list for the 2020 ABC International Excellence Award in Accessible Publishing was announced on February 10, 2020. 3 publishers and 3 initiatives are competing for the two awards in the respective categories. The names of the winners will be unveiled at the awards ceremony taking place at the London Book Fair on March 10, 2020.

Accessible Books Consortium logo

On 26 September WIPO’s Accessible Books Consortium welcomed Hachette Livre as the 100th Signatory to the ABC Charter for Accessible Publishing marking an important milestone for the Consortium working to increase the number of books in accessible formats for use by hundreds of millions of people around the globe who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.

SNE logo

The French Publishers Association (SNE) initiative “La rentrée littéraire pour tous » successfully saw 82 publishers make 425 titles available in accessible format upon their release in partnership with the French National Library (BNF) and the National Book Centre (CNL).

PANZ EPUB workshop

On Wednesday 26 June a group met at the National Library in Auckland, New Zealand to discuss the ins and outs of working with EPUB3. The workshop was put together by the Blind Foundation in partnership with PANZ. 

IPA FEP VAT report cover

Following legislative change in the European Union (EU) on 2 October 2018, EU Member States can align the VAT rates for eBooks and audiobooks with physical books. A number of countries have been quick of the mark but in others publishers are campaigning hard.

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