At the first IPA seminar in Nigeria on regional issues in African publishing, attendees are assured, ‘In a globalized world, almost none of our challenges exists in isolation.’
Nigeria’s first collaborative seminar with the International Publishers Association will focus on issues including a fierce battle African publishers are waging against book piracy.
Some Russian publishers say that if piracy can be controlled, print can double its market share within years. Others caution that taxes and over-reliance on outdated authors is hampering growth.
‘Governments need to be convinced that the scourge of piracy is a problem for them and for their countries’ evolving economies,” IPA’s José Borghino tells the Arab Publishers Association’s conference in Tunisia.
‘Not a viable or trustworthy Open Access solution,” Michiel Kolman says, ‘piracy is simply not the answer to our challenges as an industry’ and SciHub, he says, is ‘not the answer’ to goals of Open Access.
In the estimation of LitRes chief Sergey Anuriev, ebooks could double as a factor in Russia’s market within two years and audiobooks are showing new strength as well. The prime challenge: piracy.
In what seems to be inconclusive research work in Warsaw, taking pirated book copies out of the market doesn’t appear to mean more legitimate book sales.
British Library officials say the Hay Archive comprises its largest acquisition of literary recordings. And Cengage announces new anti-piracy efforts.
In an effort to combat counterfeit print textbooks, distributors partner with publishers on a protocol of inspection and alerts.
In Poland, publishing stakeholders stay the need for protective regulation—liked fixed book prices—and IP protection are needed to curb declining book sales.