From Brazil, China, India, and the UAE, five children’s book publishers spoke the growing urgency to build young readership as competitive digital enticements grow more seductive.
From the director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse to the founder of a Thai publishing house and a Norwegian publisher who was shot in Oslo: sharp cautionary remarks about self-censorship and its dangers.
Amid strong programming on the freedom to publish and copyright concerns, the 32nd IPA congress in India mirrored world industry shortcomings in diversity challenges—and will go to Norway in 2020.
Citing ‘an optimism that in the face of unimaginable cruelty still believes in change,’ UK-based Angela Gui accepts for her father, Gui Minhai, the International Publishers Association’s Prix Voltaire for courage in the face of attempts to suppress the freedom to publish.
In a turn of events reported by world news media, the Chinese detainee Gui Minhai, a publisher, has said in a videotaped ‘briefing’—which critics say is forced—that he does not want the Prix Voltaire. His daughter denies this is true.
Urging the International Publishers Congress to embrace its most forward-leaning trends—and promote its timely work to the world—IPA president Michiel Kolman convenes the industry’s 32nd gathering and welcomes industry leaders to agenda-anchoring sessions onstage.
From the dilemma of self-censorship to a call for collective management organizations, the freedom to publish, copyright protection, and readership development, speakers at the IPA congress in Delhi prepare their messages.
Ahead of the 32nd International Publishers Association Congress in India, we look at the big issues speakers will address, including geo-political issues affecting publishing.
Less than two weeks after his reported re-detention in China, Gui Minhai is named to receive the IPA’s prize for proponents of the freedom to publish. Gui’s whereabouts remain unknown.
With few details available, the international diplomatic and publishing communities are demanding information on the reported seizure by authorities in China on Saturday of Swedish publisher Gui Minhai.
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