Screenshot from Publishers Without Borders webinar on Diversity and Inclusion

On Wednesday 27th May, the IPA led an important discussion on the role of diversity and inclusion livestreamed on the Publishers Without Borders Facebook and YouTube platforms. Michiel Kolman, Presidential Envoy for Diversity and Inclusion chaired the session which featured IPA’s Vice President and founder of PublisHer network, Bodour Al-Qasimi, and CEO of the UK Publishers Association, Stephen Lotinga. 

Interview Promotional graphic featuring Hugo Setzer and a drawing of Iroo Joo

In our first IPA in Conversation with... interview, IPA Presidentn, Hugo Setzer, spoke to Iroo Joo of the Korean Publishers Association about how the publishing industry in Korea is affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and what the future might hold.


We, the undersigned representatives of the global book industry urge governments all over the world to recognize, support and celebrate the importance of books, learning solutions, and professional and scholarly content by adopting economic stimulus packages to sustain their respective publishing sectors and the value chains that surround them.

Stay at home hashtag cloud

Publishers around the world have reacted quickly to support homeschooling parents and open access to research around COVID-19. At the same time many parts of the industry want to know whether culture or publishing will be supported by national stimulus packages. The below gathers together publishers and governments’ actions so far. 

ruce Pascoe and Anna  Moulton from Magabala with Grahame and Hollie, holding the Dark Emu book

In September 2019, the Australian Publishers Association launched the inaugural Parliamentary Book Club. The Book Club is auspiced by the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers, which is a bi-partisan group in federal parliament chaired by a representative from both the Government and the Opposition.

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