At London Book Fair: The International Publishers Association

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During London Book Fair in March, the IPA will contribute to programming and hold various membership meetings on the sidelines.

In the Sustainability Hub at London Book Fair in 2023, a discussion with, from left, Frankfurter Buchmesse president and CEO Juergen Boos; past IPA president Michiel Kolman, chair of IPA’s inclusive publishing and literacy committee as well as a senior vice-president at Elsevier; and Gareth Rapley, event director with London Book Fair. Image: Publishing Perspectives, Porter Anderson

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

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A month before the opening of London Book Fair (March 12 to 14), we look at programming both being presented by the International Publishers Association (IPA) and flagged for its membership for its alignment with some of the key issues and foundational principles the world body of book publishing addresses.

You’ll remember that the IPA has experienced a significant rise in influence this year, its membership growing to 101 associations in 81 world publishing markets. That level of “coverage” by a nonprofit trade association across so many borders means that at an industry show like London’s, almost every international trade visitor is either directly engaged with IPA or represented by a publishers’ association which has a relationship with the association. Likewise, this is the case at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20), of course, and at a growing number of additional publishing events.

It’s why many look to the IPA both for valuable programming it produces itself and for cues to other programming worth their consideration.

While so many publishing leaders are gathered in London, there will be several meetings and events held by IPA for some of its committee members. There are meetings, for example, of the executive committee, the copyright committee, the ISBN board, and the organization’s educational publishers’ forum.

But most of the LBF programming IPA points to is either presented in cooperation with the association or something the association has flagged as important to many in its membership and available to all registered trade visitors at the fair.

LBF Programming From and Recommended by IPA

Here’s the IPA’s listing at the moment of such highlights on the London Book Fair seminar program schedule. The 2024 London Book Fair floor plan is here.

March 12
March 13
March 14

The Grand Hall at Olympia London during London Book Fair, 2023. Image: LBF

More from Publishing Perspectives on London Book Fair is here, more from us on trade shows and book fairs in world publishing is here, more on the International Publishers Association (IPA) is here, and more on the United Kingdom’s book market is here.

Publishing Perspectives is the International Publishers Association’s world media partner.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson 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 International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, 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.