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A Bad Year for Ukrainian Publishers Following a Ban on Russian Books

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

An estimated 136 publishing companies in Ukraine have closed due to a drop in sales following a government ban on Russian book imports. Those publishers still in operation are reported to be struggling as well, and more companies are expected to declare bankruptcy by the year’s end. Click here for the full story from Publishing Perspectives.

Call for Nominations for 2018 IPA Prix Voltaire Prize

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has launched its call for nominations for the 2018 Prix Voltaire Prize. The Prix Voltaire Prize, previously known as the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize, is designed to celebrate individuals and organisations that promote freedom of expression through publishing. For more information on the prize itself and how to nominate […]

Romania may limit textbook publishing to only one state-run publisher

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Romanian Education Minister Liviu Pop has announced his intentions to create an absolute monopoly for a state-owned publisher of textbooks. Pop has argued that this system would allow for students to receive their textbooks in a more timely manner; however, the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) has condemned the plan. FEP president Henrique Mota has […]

Ivan O’Brien’s New Zealand Notes

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Visit of Ivan O’Brien to New Zealand, courtesy of PANZ At the invitation of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), I was this year’s Te Mana Ka Tau (Flying Friend) guest. This is a CNZ (their Arts Council) supported scheme to fund cultural exchange and the building of cultural and economic links between New Zealand and […]