International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (InSPIRe) Plan

InSPIRe stands for International Sustainable Publishing & Industry Resilience. 

It is an unprecedented IPA initiative to improve cooperation across the entire publishing spectrum, from publishers, booksellers, and libraries, to teachers, technology companies, regulators, and everyone in between.

InSPIRe grew from the 2020 IPA report From Response to Recovery (see below), which presents the findings of an IPA member survey to gauge the effects of the pandemic on different markets. A key revelation of this exercise was a near-universal appetite for greater cooperation across the book space, especially with adjacent industries and functions that have no history of partnership.

The InSPIRe taskforce sought signatories of the InSPIRe Charter, published a report based on their a survey of charter signatories and, in early 2022 held workshops and an InSPIRe Symposium. These all resulted in the publication of the report A COLLECTIVE COMMITMENT TO A SUSTAINABLE, RESILIENT, AND INCLUSIVE FUTURE.

 

Based on the feedback we receive our next steps will be:
During 2022: draft the InSPIRe Plan, a roadmap towards a more collaborative, cohesive, and powerful publishing sector.

 

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By endorsing the Charter, signatories have agreed to ten areas of cooperation:

  • Asserting the value of publishing
  • Advocating for publishing-specific government stimulus programs
  • Fostering dialogue between publishing ecosystem stakeholders
  • Demonstrating the damaging effects of piracy
  • Identifying common ground between publishing stakeholders
  • Closing emerging workforce skills gaps
  • Exploring partnerships and programs that emphasize the role of publishing
  • Empowering underrepresented voices
  • Supporting indigenous language publishing
  • Highlighting the role of small and medium-sized independent publishers and booksellers

Signatories so far are below. Should you wish to sign the charter please contact: info@internationalpublishers.org

Who signed the Charter

H.E. Dr. Ali Bin Tamim
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
H.E. Dr. Ali Bin Tamim
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Albert Nsengiyumva
Jaber Abu Faris
Jaber Abu Faris
Amman International Book Fair
APNET
Samuel Kolawole
ASEAN Book Publishers Association
Dr. Abdel Wahab al-Radi
Baghdad International Book Fair
Dr. Abdel Wahab al-Radi
Baghdad International Book Fair
Latifa Moftakir
Latifa Moftakir
Casablanca International Book Fair
Ramesh K Mittal
Delhi Book Fair
Ramesh K Mittal
Juergen Boos
Frankfurt Book Fair
Peter Kraus vom Cleff
Federation of European Publishers
Asare Yamoah – Benjamin Tawiah Klu
Ghana International Book Fair
Asare Yamoah – Benjamin Tawiah Klu
Jose Ignacio Echeverria
Groupo Iberoamericano de Editores
Jose Ignacio Echeverria
Mingzhou Zhang
IBBY
Mingzhou Zhang
Antonio Maria Avila
LIBER
Antonio Maria Avila
Oliver Zille
Leipzig Book Fair
Oliver Zille
Pedro Sobral
Lisbon Book Fair
Pedro Sobral
Andy Ventris
London Book Fair
Andy Ventris
Ronald Schild
MVB GmbH
Ronald Schild
Lawrence Njagi
Nairobi Book Fair
Lawrence Njagi
Wanjiru Koinange – Angela Wachuka
NBO Litfest
Wanjiru Koinange – Angela Wachuka
Gbadega Adedapo
Nigeria International Book Fair
Gbadega Adedapo
Nigeria International Book Fair
Nielsen BookData
Andre Breedt
Philip Carpenter
STM
Philip Carpenter
Cevin Bryerman
US Book Show
Cevin Bryerman
Frida Edman
Göteborg Book Fair
T. Bülent Ünal
International Istanbul Book Fair
T. Bülent Ünal
International Istanbul Book Fair
UNICEF
Henrietta Fore

Publishers around the world have reacted quickly to support homeschooling parents and open access to research around COVID-19.

The sections below include a resource page with publishers and governments’ actions so far, IPA’s partnership with the WHO and UNICEF Read The World, and IPA’s work within UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition.

IPA COVID-19 news

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