The UK’s IPG Opens Registration for its International Publishing Forum

In News by Porter Anderson

The Independent Publishers Guild is holding two days of informational and networking events in March, as world publishing finds itself without its usual spring events.

International Publishing Forum digital booth

Some paid packages offered to publishers in the IPG International Publishers Forum include a digital exhibitor booth in the program’s interactive environment. Image: IPG

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

March 9 and 10
While much of the conversation around the world book business’ trade shows and book fairs this year concerns what’s going forward—and in physical or digital modes—the UK’s Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) is staging a new online event, its International Publishers Forum, this spring.

Set for March 9 and 10, the event corresponds closely to what would have been London Book Fair’s dates, with the book fair now set for June 19 to July 1 in what’s hoped can be a physical format.

The IPG March event is free of charge to publishers as delegates, with paid packages for publishers looking for one-on-one meetings “just like at the book fairs” and designation as a “publishing expert.” Some of these packages include exhibitor booths in an interactive online environment—might be a bit Second Life.

Pricing we’re seeing for these packages runs from £250 (US$351) to £750 (US$1,055).

The program has been set up, according to media messaging from IPG’s offices today (February 23), to “enable connections between publishers, retailers, suppliers and experts around the world.”

There are sessions being announced to include:

  • An international sales trend overview with Nielsen BookScan’s Hazel Kenyon
  • Global rights trends with scout Louise Allen-Jones; Les Escales’ Sarah Rigaud; and HarperCollins Holland’s Lisanne Mathijssen
  • Commentary from Sourcebooks’ Dominique Raccah in the States and Boldwood Books’ Amanda Ridout in the UK
  • Supply chain specialists on issues around Brexit
  • Audio with Saga Egmont’s Lasse Korsemann Horne in Denmark (see our story today); Ingrid Hölzel of Germany’s Leonine Studios; and Singel Uitgeverijen’s Esther Van Dijk in the Netherlands
  • Observations on children’s and academic publishing with Kate Wilson of Nosy Crow; Christie Henry of Princeton University Press; and Ben Ashcroft of De Gruyter
  • Marketing commentary with a view to what authors say they want from publishers with Sam Missingham
  • Supply chain categorization input on Thema and sessions on metadata from EDItEUR’s Graham Bell and Chris Saynor
  • Rights management with Joanna Everard, formerly of Bloomsbury, and Amy Joyner of Kogan Page
  • Issues in publishing workforce recruitment, retention, and diversity with Bloomsbury’s Amy Wong and Yale University Press’ Tanu Shelar

You’ll find a full listing of the events with times on both days on this page, just scroll down below the exhibitor package offers. All times are in GMT. Events on each day start at 0900 GMT, which is 10 a.m. CET, 4 a.m. ET, and a brisk 1 a.m. PT for those in California.

‘A Pressing Need’

In a prepared statement, the Independent Publishers Guild’s CEO Bridget Shine says, “Our first forum meets a pressing need for  international networking and knowledge-building.

“It’s the IPG at its best—connecting  publishers with counterparts and collaborators, all freely sharing advice—and it’s going to be  an exciting couple of days.”

Much of the informational part of the programming is being presented as networking, something reflected in the current debate about how successful online events can be—as opposed to physical events—in various aspects of the business. Commonly heard comments about digital events indicate that publishing professionals find the usual serendipity of discovery and conversation less doable in the digital context than in physical settings.

Networking sessions and meetings will use Microsoft Teams.

Basic information on registration for the program is here.


More from Publishing Perspectives on book fairs is here, more on rights and licensing is here. more on the UK market is here.

And more from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is here

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As as an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.