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.
Educational Publishers Forum meeting in Szeged

The IPA’s Educational Publishers Forum held a meeting in Szeged, Hungary, on 28 June, and took the opportunity to tackle concerns about Freedom to Publish in education.

The EPF discussed issues around digital transformation in the field of education. Horrifying anecdotes were shared of wasted money and resources when governments choose to push populist ‘techie’ agendas rather than looking dispassionately at what works best for teachers and students in the classroom. There were also shining examples of good sense in the provision of quality resources that are innovative and fit-for-purpose. The EPF will look to identify evidence of transformation models that that can be seen to work and bring positive results, and models that are best avoided. Stay tuned for the results of that research.

The EPF also tackled the grave concerns about the narrowing of choice in Hungarian education since the nationalization of the educational publishing sector in 2014-15. The government is tightening its grip on textbook production and distribution, despite widespread criticism of the quality of the content provided by the state publishers. Mistakes abound in many of the books and the lack of choice means that teachers in the state system are forced to adhere to a curriculum that has been described as ideologically biased and regressive. There have been protests by teachers’ organisations as well as parents’ groups.

The EPF strongly believes that teachers’ choice should be at the core of any healthy pedagogy. Teachers should be allowed to choose the textbooks that fit best with their students. Educational publishers should be allowed to compete with each other to supply teachers with a variety of resources, both in hard copy and digital formats, as well as hybrid. In this way, local stories and content, written by local authors, can best capture the imagination of students. A viable educational ecosystem requires collaboration between all players — government, teachers, authors, researchers and publishers — for the benefit of students and the future wellbeing of the country. Sadly, this is currently not the case in Hungary.

Read our interview with Mozaik’s Dr. Ildiko Török about educational publishing in Hungary here.

Learn more about the Educational Publishers Forum here.

Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn


Michiel Kolman
20 May 2020
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion in the publishing industry is not only relevant for the workforce in our industry (see my previous blog on key surveys measuring exactly that), but also for what we publish. Important questions that arise are ...
Michiel Kolman
24 April 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
It has been impressive to see how fast our industry has responded to the challenges presented by COVID-19. While many publishers are busy trying to keep their businesses running, it would be easy to dismiss diversity and inclusion (D&I) as just a...
Ben Steward
23 April 2020
Publishing industry
Two weeks into the COVID-19 (née coronavirus) pandemic and its attendant doldrums, I noticed some A-list singers were performing via Instagram from the discomfort of their homes. Chris Martin and John Legend were among the first to sign up to the&nbs...
Michiel Kolman
31 March 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

Close scrutiny showed a more complex but also more positive answer for both the UK and US.

Michiel Kolman
30 January 2020
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
As we start a new decade, the subject of diversity remains firmly on the radar for most businesses and industries in 2020. This is also true for our own publishing industry as we continue to see how issues around diversity and inclusion, such as wome...
Michiel Kolman
18 December 2019
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

IPA D&I envoy, Michiel Kolman interviews Elsevier’s Simon Holt and Springer Nature’s Kirsty Bone about their experiences of having a disability and working in the publishing industry. This is a long but fascinating read.

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
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.

Press Releases campaign 2020


Press Releases campaign 2019


Press Releases campaign 2018


Newsletters campaigns 2020


Newsletters campaigns 2019


Newsletters campaigns 2018


International Publishers Association

23, avenue de France
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 704 18 20

Subscribe to our newsletter