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Having just announced Athens as the 2018 World Book Capital City (WBCC), UNESCO, the IPA and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) have opened the call for WBCC nominations for 2019.

Every year, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the book industry—the International Publishers Association (IPA), and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)—select the World Book Capital for a one-year period starting 23 April, which is World Book and Copyright Day.

These initiatives are important collaborations between leading world publishing stakeholders and cities whose goal is to promote literacy, reading and book culture.

English

  • 2019 call for applications [PDF]
  • Application Form [MS Word]
  • Member States of UNESCO by region [PDF]

Français

  • 2019 appel à candidatures [PDF]
  • Formulaire de candidature [MS Word]
  • Liste des états membres de l’UNESCO par région [PDF]

Completed applications – including a letter of support from the mayor of the candidate city – drafted in either English or French, should be submitted to UNESCO no later than 15 March 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Current and future World Book Capital Cities:

  • 2016: Wrocław (Poland)
  • 2017: Conakry (Republic of Guinea)
  • 2018: Athens (Greece)

Past World Book Capital Cities:

Madrid (Spain, 2001), Alexandria (Egypt, 2002), New Delhi (India, 2003), Antwerp (Belgium, 2004), Montreal (Canada, 2005), Turin (Italy, 2006), Bogotá (Colombia, 2007), Amsterdam (Netherlands, 2008), Beirut (Lebanon, 2009), Ljubljana (Slovenia, 2010), Buenos Aires (Argentina, 2011), Yerevan (Armenia, 2012), Bangkok (Thailand, 2013), Port Harcourt (Nigeria, 2014), Incheon (Republic of Korea, 2015)

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Hugo Setzer
07 November 2019
Publishing industry

October and the first days of November were again very busy, with visits to four different countries and three book fairs in the course of three weeks.

James Taylor
25 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry

SCCR 39 concluded this evening with an agreement found on how to keep the Exceptions and Limitations discussion moving forward and the other agenda items wrapped up and a possible new issue raised in the chamber.

James Taylor
24 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry

The second day of discussions on the broadcasting treaty were mainly conducted behind closed doors with the plenary chamber finally filling at 17:40 for a presentation of conclusions.

James Taylor
23 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Today’s discussions saw the focus shift from Exceptions and Limitations to the Broadcasting Treaty (and sadly not about all of the value generated by the copyright in an original work that migrates from being a book to a film, for example). The Excep...
James Taylor
22 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing

The first day closed with Dr Kenneth Crews waiting to be grilled by delegates and observers. He was given the opportunity this morning, but the highlights today were the side events and the ripples from some late-night messages to delegates.

James Taylor
21 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
While the publishing industry was gathered in Frankfurt last week for the most important international book fair in the world, the action was already starting at WIPO in Geneva with an International Conference on Exceptions and Limitations on Friday ...
Ben Steward
01 October 2019
Freedom to publish
Book policy
Copyright
Literacy
Publishing industry

The second and final day of the IPA Regional Seminar in the Middle East was opened by Sharjah publisher Bodour Al Qasimi (Kalimat Group), who is (among other things) also the IPA Vice-President.

Ben Steward
30 September 2019
Publishing industry
When the IPA regional seminar in Amman, Jordan, got underway this morning there was a crackle of promise in the air. This was more than a conference opening – it was like the inauguration of a new bridge spanning the space between the IPA’s global me...

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