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Screenshot of the studio for the Accessibility Now session

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Awards for Accessible Publishing were celebrated at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021 during a virtual session entitled “Accessibility Now: Will you be ready for the European Accessibility Act in 2025?”. Moderated by James Taylor, Director of Communications and Freedom to Publish at the International Publishers Association (IPA), the session explored the significance of the European Accessibility Act, celebrated publishers and initiatives that have embraced accessibility, and discussed ways in which different actors across the publishing industry can integrate accessibility into their work.

Screenshot of the Frankfurt Book Fair panel on the impact of COVID on the publishing industry

At the 2021 Frankfurter Buchmesse, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted a discussion on the immediate and long-term effects of the COVID pandemic on the publishing industry. During the 45-minute virtual session, a diverse panel of speakers explored how different members of the publishing industry have been impacted by the pandemic in a variety of ways and how the community has come together to weather the worst of the pandemic.

Pham Doan Trang

Ahead of her upcoming trial on 4 November, the undersigned 28 human rights and freedom of expression organizations today condemn the ongoing arbitrary detention of independent journalist and woman human rights defender Pham Doan Trang. We call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and drop all charges against her. The persecution of Doan Trang and other human rights defenders, including independent writers and journalists, is part of the worsening assault on the rights to freedom of expression and information in Vietnam.

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Stephan de Valk
24 January 2022
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
The theme for UNESCO’s fourth International Day of Education is Changing course, transforming education and the last two years have shown how educational publishers have been able to pivot quickly, changing course, to keep pupils learning....
Rachel Martin
10 December 2021
Partnership
Publishing industry
The SDG Publishers Compact, launched by the International Publishers Association and the United Nations back in 2020, has continued to gather momentum for the wider publishing sector. In practice, the compact requires aligning our daily practices, ou...
Michiel Kolman
06 December 2021
Freedom to publish
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
Michiel Kolman, Chair of the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee talks to author, translator and publisher Lawrence Schimel about his children's books, their reception in different markets and the shared borders of freedom to publish an...
Michiel Kolman
13 November 2021
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

Michiel Kolman, Chair of the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee talks to Yannick Geens about the European project Every Story Matters.

Hugo Setzer
29 October 2021
Partnership
Publishing industry
Accessibility
Educational Publishing
Hugo Setzer, IPA Past President and head of the IPA's Accessibility Working Group spoke to Paul Gillijns and Sanne Walraven of the Dutch Educational Publishers and Dutch General Publishers Associations respectively about their 18 month programme to t...
James Taylor
21 September 2021
Partnership
Publishing industry
Accessibility
The term of IPA Past President, Dr Michiel Kolman, on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) came to an end last month. The ABC is hosted by WIPO and is part of the practical implementation of the Marakesh Treaty. Michiel has been succeed...
Alison Tweed
13 September 2021
Partnership
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
Our charity, Book Aid International, works for a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve, and change their lives. Every year, we provide around one million brand new books to thousands of libraries, schools, universities, h...

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