• Gino Roncaglia on virtual reality, data animation and the future of storytelling

    Gino Roncaglia is a writer and lecturer on the intersection between technology, education and books. We spoke to him about how learning resources are being digitally transformed.

  • Hungary nationalizes schoolbook market, spelling ruin for educational publishers

    Hungary's Parliament has adopted a law to nationalize the school textbook market. From 1st September 2014, a state-owned body will create and publish school books which will be provided free of charge to primary schools. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government justified the move by claiming that the current system has allowed publishers to generate huge profits through over-supplying schools with textbooks. From now on, only two books will be available per subject and class.

  • Impacts of the Canadian education sector’s interpretation of “fair dealing”

    Canada’s new “fair dealing” guidelines have had significant negative impacts on educational publishing in the country and will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a recent report conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of Access Copyright in Canada.
  • International Publishers Congress Cancelled

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    The International Publishers Association (IPA) and the Norwegian Publishers Association (NPA) have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 33rd International Publishers Congress which was scheduled to be held in Lillehammer, Norway, from 28-30 May 2020. 

  • IPA at FILBo

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    The IPA’s Educational Publishers Forum (EPF) continues to strengthen its presence in Latin America.

  • IPA Country Report: Publishing in South Africa

    South Africa's book publishing industry plays a vital role. PASA's Mpuka Radinka told us about the sector's prospects in a time of economic uncertainty and political interference.
  • IPA delegation visits Georgia for the book fair and other meetings

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    A high-level IPA delegation, consisting of President Hugo Setzer, Secretary General José Borghino and the Chair of the Educational Publishers Forum (EPF), Wilmar Diepgrond, visited Tbilisi, Georgia, from 29 May to 2 June, to attend the Tbilisi International Book Fair, among other activities.

  • IPA forms new Asia-Pacific Educational Publishers Forum

    The IPA-EPF has formed a new committee to address the needs of educational publishers in the Asia and Pacific region.
  • IPA invites African innovators to solve remote learning challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic outbreak

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    The International Publishers Association (IPA) is offering financial support for African publishing entrepreneurs to overcome the staggering impact of COVID-19 pandemic on education in 2020 and beyond.

  • IPA joins UNESCO’s #LearningNeverStops Coalition.

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    IPA is proud to join UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition “to support countries in scaling up their best distance learning practices and reaching children and youth who are most at risk.”

  • IPA to initiate a new Education Publishers Forum in the Americas

    At a recent meeting of education publishers at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico, it was agreed that the IPA should create an Education Publishers Forum-Americas.

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  • IPA: publishers are key in delivering Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Education

    The IPA attended UNESCO's Meeting of the Collective Consultation on Education in Siem Reap, Cambodia, this month to communicate the essential role of educational publishers in implementing UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Education.

  • Israel's book market in 2015

    Israel recently introduced a Fixed Book Price law, bringing changes for publishers and retailers. Leading publisher Racheli Edelman reveals the new climate for publishing.

  • Japan Prepares to Launch National Digital Learning Initiative

    The Japanese Ministry of Education plans to dramatically increase the pupil to computer ratio in their country over the next several years through a focused push on equipping digital learning materials in Japanese classrooms.
  • Kenya: VAT on books is harming the quality of public education

    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).

  • Key States in USA Increase Funding for Instructional Materials

    The three largest USA states – California, Texas and Florida – have approved funding increases for instructional materials.
  • Latin American and Caribbean publishing: the focus of new IPA deal with CERLALC

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    International Publishers Association (IPA) signs agreement with the UNESCO-affiliated Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC) to further collaboration on a broad spectrum of issues.

  • Leadership handover opens new era for the IPA’s Educational Publishers Forum

    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.

  • Licensing practices in a global digital market

    The International Publishers Association has commissioned a number of industry experts to bring together a report on the role of authors and publishers in educationan and research, focusing on the existing licensing practices in a global digital market. Ahead of the International Publishers Congress, being held in Lillehammer, Norway from 28-30 May, we will be publishing the different chapters giving a broader overview of licensing across the publishing landscape.

    The first extract, focusing on the role of collective licensing was published on the occasion of the 2019 IFFRO World Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 4-7 November 2019. The second was published after a meeting of the Educational Publishers Forum and ahead of the Latin American Educational Publishers Forum in Guadalajara at the beginning of December 2019. 

    The combined report will look at the impact of digital technology and current market developments which have given rise to a flurry of new business models, products and services. The report will look at the advantages and disadvantages of free and paid access as well as giving concrete examples from around the owrld of best practices. It provides an overview of the wide array of licensing practices available in the market from direct licensing, collective licensing and hybrid licensing options.

    IPA is grateful for the valuable contributions from all those involved. A special thank you to the expert authors, the editors (Anne Leer and José Borghino), IPA members, IFRRO, CMOs, the members of the advisory board and, last but not least, to Kopinor for their expertise and financial support which has made this possible.

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  • Lillehammer 2020 – Early Bird Rates until 31 December!

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    Early bird registrations for the 33rd International Publishers Congress close on 31 December. Check out the comprehensive programme online and find out in our series of interviews why publishing professionals from around the world will be coming. 

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