The Publishers Association has continued its ground-breaking work into diversity within the UK publishing industry. Their latest survey reveals that while there are many positives in terms of women in leadership positions and representation of LGBT+ and disabled staff, there is still progress to be made. 

Michiel Kolman at Sharjah International Book Fair 2018

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.

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At the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards on 11th April, Jacks Thomas, Director of the Fair looked back at his career in publishing, which started when he was just 11, and included time at the Times of India Group, Prentice Hall, and his current position as Chairman and Managing Director of PHI Learning where his focus is on low-cost educational books. She closed, calling him “effectively the father of Indian publishing”.

Panel at Assises du Livre, Gneva Book Fair

This year, the annual Salon du Livre de Genève (Geneva Book Fair) took place from 25-29 April. Billed as the second biggest francophone fair in the world (after Paris Livre), the event attracts about 100,000 people every year. It also runs a professional programme for publishers (Les Assises de l’édition), which this year was dedicated to publishing in Africa, and at which the IPA was invited to speak.

IPA president Dr Michiel Kolman called for Russia to do more on the big issues of book piracy and censorship this week, at the opening of the Moscow International Book Fair.

The IPA and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have fired the starting gun on an unprecedented world publishing survey, which will deliver the first ever detailed map of the industry in a broad-reaching and comprehensive yearly statistical report.

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