IPA and Dubai Cares visit Book Bunk ahead of the 2019 IPA Regional Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya

The first round of funding in IPA’s Africa Publishing Innovation Fund, backed by Dubai Cares, included support for Book Bunk, the regeneration project of the Macmillan Library and 2 in Nairobi, Kenya. The two co-founders, Wanjiru Koinange and Angela Wachuka, spoke recently to CC’s Beyond the Book.

Participants at IFLA Strategic Partners meeting

IPA met with representatives of a number of organisations to discuss ways of collaborating on Freedom to Publish and gathering publishing statistics.

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Access Copyright, Canada’s Reproduction Rights Organization outside Quebec, has recently launched Prescient, its innovation lab. Prescient is dedicated to exploring the future of rights management and content monetization through emerging technologies such as blockchain and AI. They tell us more about their project and where they see risks and opportunities for publishers.


IPA President, Michiel Kolman, and Secretary General, José Borghino, attended the 84th World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) of the International Federation of Library Organisations and Institutions (IFLA).

The IPA has met with representatives of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in London for the first of this group’s biannual meetings for 2017. This was the 33rd time the three organisations had gathered to discuss how publishers and libraries can collaborate to safeguard sustainable access to information in the knowledge environments of the future.

Civic Agenda EU has published a comprehensive study of library e-lending schemes in Europe and North America, produced on behalf of various library associations. Despite the study leaning heavily towards the library perspective, it does provide important insight into which strategy is most likely to produce sustainable e-lending models.

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