Publishers around the world have reacted quickly to support homeschooling parents and open access to research around COVID-19. At the same time many parts of the industry want to know whether culture or publishing will be supported by national stimulus packages. The below gathers together publishers and governments’ actions so far.
In September 2019, the Australian Publishers Association launched the inaugural Parliamentary Book Club. The Book Club is auspiced by the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers, which is a bi-partisan group in federal parliament chaired by a representative from both the Government and the Opposition.
International Publishers Association (IPA) signs agreement with the UNESCO-affiliated Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC) to further collaboration on a broad spectrum of issues.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Publishers Circles initiative has had a successful first trial in Korea with a second round of the performance coaching programme to take place before the end of 2019.
Five innovative African projects have each won a $20,000 grant, while a library restoration initiative is to receive $50,000,and $20,000 will be allocated to Rural library restoration from the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund created by the International Publishers Association and development organization Dubai Cares for activities to promote literacy, book access, indigenous languages, and library restoration in Africa.
The trade war between the US and China risks severely impacting the publishing industry, with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) expressing its concern and consulting members to understand the scale of the potential impact of further tariffs.
Publishing industry statistics for a number of markets have been published over the last month including the USA, the UK, France and a special report on ebooks and audiobooks.