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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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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