• 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. 

  • Netherlands privacy agreement between educational publishers and schools

    The use of digital learning materials has great advantages for pupils, because they are better tailored to the individual needs and wishes of the student. As pupils log in and identify themselves on digital learning materials, the teacher has a constant overview of what each pupil has done with the subject matter and what the results are. In this way, the teacher gains a better insight into the development and progress of pupils. For these educational purposes, the personal details of pupils are being processed in digital learning materials.
  • Norwegian PA to Host IPA EPF meeting in September

    The Norwegian Publishing Association will host the 19th IPA EPF on 18 September 2015 in Oslo. The agenda will include a presentation from Anne Leer, the deputy director general at the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO). The EPF agenda will also include country reports, and continued planning for communications activities. The EPF Euro Group will meet in the afternoon. A draft agenda has also already been sent to EPF members. A final agenda and meeting details will be sent soon.

  • Open Educational Resources and UNESCO

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    IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, spoke about Open Educational Resources (OERs) during a webinar organized to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day by the UNESCO OER Dynamic Coalition.

  • Public education in Mozambique to suffer under new ‘closed market’ textbook policy

    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.

  • Publishers Around the World Rise to COVID-19 Pandemic Challenge

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    The International Publishers Association congratulates publishers around the world who have been quick and innovative in their reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic. IPA also praises government actions to control the spread of the virus and support cultural industries. IPA calls for industry solidarity to overcome the economic impact the disruption will bring and appeals to national and regional governments to ensure all those in the publishing value chain are supported. 

  • Publishers Circles trial off to a successful start

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    The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Publishers Circles initiative has had a successful first trial in Korea with a second round of the performance coaching programme to take place before the end of 2019.

  • Publishing in China during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    The latest of our IPA in Conversation with … sees Li Pengyi, Vice President of the Publishers Association of China (PAC), tell us about how the COVID-19 Pandemic has affected publishing in China and how Chinese publishers have reacted quickly to keep people reading and learning. 

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  • Reckless textbook policy will undermine Georgian childhood literacy, IPA warns.

    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.

  • Sharjah International Bookfair looks at freedom to publish and educational publishing

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    Sharjah International Book Fair featured keynotes from IPA President, Michiel Kolman, and President-elect, Hugo Setzer, alongside panels on freedom to publish and educational publishing. Setzer’s message was that local, regional and international cooperation are essential to the future of our industry.

  • Speaker line-up announced for 2017 edition of What Works? educational publishing conference

    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).

  • The 2015 IPA Educational Publishers Forum open meeting

    The 2015 IPA Educational Publishers Forum open meeting in Frankfurt was chaired by Jay Diskey, Chair of this working committee and was held on 16 October 2015.

  • The EPF open meeting in Frankfurt more lively than ever

    On Friday, 13 October 2017 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Educational Publishers Forum held its annual open meeting. Despite the date, we had no bad luck at all. On the contrary! The meeting was one of our most successful with over 50 people in the audience and more questions than ever.
  • The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on publishing in Europe

    IPA President, Hugo Setzer, talks to the President of the Federation of European Publishers about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the publishing industry in Europe and what the future may hold. 

  • The role of collective licensing by Olav Stokkmo

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    IPA will publish a series of publications around the licensing practices in a global digital market for education and research. This first chapter looks at the role of collective management oragnasiatoins in providing licensing solutions. Drafted by Olav Stokkmo, the former CEO of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), it provides a detailed and worldwide look into the range of collective licensing options available. 

  • The Seoul Train

    IPA joined high-level delegations advising on copyright and education policy at the Seoul International Book Fair.

    IPA joined high-level delegations advising on copyright and education policy at the Seoul International Book Fair. Responding to a call from our member, the Korean Publishers Association (KPA), the IPA sent a high-level delegation to Seoul in June to speak at two separate international conferences on concurrent days.

  • Threatened Georgian publishers take their case to European Court of Human Rights

    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.

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