A crucial part of IPA's mission is to inform member associations and the wider global publishing community about breaking developments which will impact publishers. We do this through a number of channels. the IPA website, our monthly e-newsletter, press releases and the IPA's dedicated social media feeds.

Alongside announcing great progress for the ABC Global Book Service with 42,000 additions to the catalogue, IPA VP-elect Bodour Al Qasimi signed an agreement with WIPO for accessibility training in the UAE and IPA President-elect, Hugo Setzer, stars in a short film explaining his support for accessible publishing.

In November, WIPO announced that the Accessible Books Consortium’s Global Book Service had uploaded 42,000 new titles bringing the catalogues total to over 243,000 titles. The service implements the Marrakesh Treaty by making these works available to visually impaired persons for cross-border exchange. The recent additions came from Quebec, Israel, Sri Lanka and Uruguay. You can read the full announcement here.

Announcements kept coming in November where IPA Vice-President-elect, Bodour Al Qasimi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WIPO for accessibility training for publishers in the United Arab Emirates. You can read more about the agreement here and see the video below

IPA’s President-elect, Hugo Setzer, despite being in Guadalajara for the International Book Fair, also ended up on the big screen at WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting. In the short film made by WIPO, Hugo shared the reasons behind his commitment to accessible publishing. You can read more here and see the video below:

These announcements demonstrate the great work being done by publishers and others to ensure more accessible books reach visually impaired persons. If you know any particular projects that you think deserve recognition, nominate them for the ABC International Excellence Awards 2019.

Finally, we would like to encourage you to complete Inclusive Publishing’s 2018 Survey. Inclusive Publishing is an excellent new source of accessible publishing news and they would like to hear back from their readers.

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Azadeh Parsapour
12 December 2018
Publishing industry
Iran celebrated its national book week from 15 to 22 November this year with the slogan ‘The Great Joy of Reading’. The book week is the second major book related event in Iran after Tehran international book fair that is held in May every year. Ther...
James Taylor
30 November 2018
Publishing industry
IPA’s President-elect, Hugo Setzer, virtually opened the last day of SCCR 37 in a video prepared by the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC). Hugo spoke eloquently (in Spanish, with English subtitles) about accessibility issues as they affect his native...
James Taylor
29 November 2018
Publishing industry
Following yesterday’s exceptions and limitations marathon, today was a much shorter affair as the SCCR raced through the agenda. The morning session kicked off with NGOs asked to comment on the progress (or, in the eyes of many civil society organisa...
James Taylor
28 November 2018
Publishing industry
Following yesterday’s surprise close to discussions on the Broadcasting Treaty with a Chair’s revised consolidated text, today’s proceedings moved onto Exceptions and Limitations (E&Ls) and the civil society NGOs in favour of E&Ls kicked off ...
James Taylor
27 November 2018
Publishing industry

The first day of the SCCR37 closed with ‘informal’ discussions about the Broadcasting Treaty amid much interest about whether the Argentine and American proposals would lead to a breakthrough or the continuation of the current deadlock.

James Taylor
26 November 2018
Publishing industry
If you’re not a regular WIPO-watcher you could be forgiven for having forgotten what happened back in May when the 36th session of WIPO’s SCCR confounded expectations and appeared to make progress on the Broadcasting Treaty. Back then there was even ...
Azadeh Parsapour
20 September 2018
Freedom to publish
The first time I encountered a self-published book in Iran was about 10 years ago. My blogger friend tried to publish his first collection of short stories and faced a dead end with the book office censors. The whole book had a dark comedy theme and,...
Hugo Setzer
30 August 2018
Publishing industry

From 21-24 August I had the chance to attend the Beijing International Book Fair on behalf of IPA.

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