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The International Publishers Association in India: Issues in a hot-button world

The International Publishers Association (IPA) opens the formal meetings of its 32nd world congress on Sunday (February 11) in New Delhi—which was the site of the event in 1992.

It’s hard to imagine a quarter of a century in which more change has occurred. And while a great deal has evolved in international book publishing—and the world—in those 26 years, the missions of the international business and of the IPA’s 70 publishers associations from 60 countries have intensified recently.

The programming for the biennial IPA Congress is put together in cooperation with the host association—this year, it’s the Federation of Indian Publishers, the president of which is NK Mehra. The schedule of events reads like a robust map of the world’s trends, issues, and challenges to publishing today.

Over three days of targeted sessions, the organization will hear high-level presentations and debate on issues including intellectual property; copyright challenges; self-censorship; the need to build readership; the social responsibility held by publishers; online content; India’s book markets; educational initiatives’ role in emerging markets; and collective rights management.

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China and Publishing: The Best of Times, or The Worst of Times?

Walk through the sprawling Javits Center for BEA 2015 and you’ll be blinded by the huge floor space marked by the huge country that has taken the front-and-center stage as Market Focus of BEA 2015 — China. For the intimidation that it can throw off — expanses of Chinese titles, a formal tea ceremony, no bowls filled with Snickers or bookmarks — the chill fell away, somewhat, in the opening panel “Chinese-American Publishing & Media Industry Forum.” A panel was led by publishing consultant Ruediger Wischenbart, who specializes in surveying international culture and publishing markets. Continue reading