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On 27 November, IPA held the latest virtual Educational Publishers Forum, this time ‘in’ Lisbon with presentations about the situation in Portugal, a conversation with the Head of Education at Microsoft Ireland, and presentations on the European Accessibility Act and the possible impact of Brexit on publishers in the UK.

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The International Publishers Association General Assembly on Monday 23 November was marked by the results of the association’s elections but also featured the publication of a COVID-19 stocktaking report and guest speeches from United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres and Booker-shortlisted author, Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Event Flyer - European Accessibility Act (EAA): a chance for publishers

With the 2025 deadline for the implementation of the European Accessibility Act approaching fast, experts from across publishing gathered at the virtual Frankfurt Book Fair under the subtitle All you need to know from international accessibility experts to present how the sector can get ready and fully seize the opportunity the Act presents for all readers.

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Gvantsa Jobava
15 April 2021
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
After two years of being the Executive committee member at the International Publishers Association, I was thrilled to accept the invitation of the chair of IPA’s Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee, Michiel Kolman, to lead the committee’s li...
Michiel Kolman
10 March 2021
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
As Chair of the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to Peter Dowling, the Immediate Past President of the Publishers Association of New Zealand about their efforts to make their industry ...
Hugo Setzer
05 March 2021
Book policy
Publishing industry
Accessibility
For the last four years, as Vice-President and then President of the International Publishers Association, I promoted accessible publishing around the world, talking with key stakeholders of the book industry and addressing multiple audiences about t...
Michiel Kolman
11 February 2021
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
In 2017 the UK Publishers Association launched its Inclusivity Action Plan which was ambitious, comprehensive and not matched by any PA around the world. The UK PA is to be saluted for being a trailblazer in our industry on Diversity & Inclusion ...
Michiel Kolman
12 January 2021
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
Two years ago Hugo Setzer asked me to become the IPA’s Presidential Envoy for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in our industry. As the term of President Setzer is over my D&I envoy appointment also comes to an end but my work on this topic at ...
Hugo Setzer
16 December 2020
Publishing industry
“The big challenges of the twenty-first century will be global in nature. […] The whole of humankind now constitutes a single civilization, with all people sharing common challenges and opportunities.”Yuval Noah Harari, in his book “21 Lessons for th...
James Taylor
30 November 2020
Copyright
Publishing industry
The hybrid 40th SCCR maintained the traditional schedule of a normal meeting and so reserved the last session for a quick review of the subjects which are vying for a position on the formal SCCR policy agenda: a miscellany it gathers togeth...
James Taylor
19 November 2020
Copyright
Publishing industry
Day 3 of the hybrid SCCR 40 saw the Exceptions and Limitations discussions take centre stage. Given the decision of Member States to limit interactions at this meeting to stock-taking, the main focus was on the 130-page report issued by WIP...

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