The International Publishers Association launches InSPIRe



Sharjah24: Following the landmark IPA report From Response to Recovery: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Publishing Industry, President Bodour Al Qasimi formed the International Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience (InSPIRe) working group at early 2021 to conduct an industry consultation to identify key pandemic-induced challenges facing publishers and promote cooperation on the way forward.
“Publishing faces an uncertain recovery if our industry does not come together. While developed publishing markets have performed better, our colleagues in emerging publishing markets face existential challenges. The global pandemic is not just affecting publishers – the livelihoods of millions of publishers, authors, illustrators, printers, distributors and booksellers around the world are at risk, ”said the president of IPA, Bodour Al Qasimi.

The InSPIRe Charter is one of the Taskforce’s first achievements. Charter signatories have pledged to cooperate industry-wide on a next plan for the post-pandemic future of publishing. By approving the Charter, the signatories agreed on ten areas of cooperation targeting the sector’s interactions with political decision-makers, but also by establishing an intersectoral dialogue and bridging the skills gaps.

The InSPIRe plan is unique in its intentional inclusion of a wide range of the publishing ecosystem.

“The post-pandemic future of the publishing industry seems to depend even more on cooperation, unity and solidarity. The Inspire Charter is a formal framework for coordinated action so that the entire publishing ecosystem can learn and move forward together in these unprecedented times. We want all organizations committed to positively shaping the post-pandemic future of global publishing to join us, ”said Al Qasimi.

To date, the following entities have joined the 86 IPA members to endorse the Inspire Charter:

African Publishers Network
Association of Arab Publishers
ASEAN Book Publishers Association
Association for the Development of Education in Africa
Association of American Literary Agents
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Book International Aid
Buenos Aires Book Fair
Delhi Book Fair
European and International Federation of Booksellers
European Group of Educational Publishers
States General of Books in French Language
Frankfurt Book Fair
Ghana International Book Fair
Gothenburg Book Fair
Grupo Ibero-Americano de Editores
Association of Independent Book Publishers
International Association of STM Publishers
International Children’s Book Council
Istanbul International Book Fair
London Book Fair
Nairobi International Book Fair
Nigeria International Book Fair
Pan-African Association of Writers
PEN International
Rio International Book Fair
Più Libri Più Liberi (Rome Book Fair)
Sao Paulo International Book Fair
Seoul International Book Fair
Sharjah International Book Fair
Tbilisi International Book Festival
Turin Book Fair
American Book Fair

About the International Publisher Association’s Sustainable Publishing and Industry Resilience Plan (InSPIRe) Initiative.

The IPA is leading a broad consultation to develop consensus on the impact of the global pandemic on the global edition and on the future. The consultation, which will culminate with an industry-wide analysis on the state of global publishing and advanced recommendations for improving resilience and sustainability, is overseen by a multi-stakeholder working group called the Task Force Inspire Plan. The working group is made up of 11 members of the IPA Executive Committee.

In May, the Inspire Plan Working Group developed the Inspire Charter for approval by publication stakeholders as a symbolic commitment to continue the high level of industry-wide cooperation that emerged in response. to the global pandemic. The Inspire Plan consultation was designed to strengthen this cooperation by including the entire publishing ecosystem in order to develop a systems and collaborative approach to strengthen the sustainability and resilience of the industry.

The ten commitments are:
1. Affirm the value of publishing to decision makers as a critical industry.
2. Advocating for government-specific publishing stimulus programs to build a more sustainable and resilient global publishing industry that continually adapts to changing consumer and competitive dynamics;
3. Foster dialogue among stakeholders in the publishing ecosystem to build resilience, expand partnerships, mitigate risks of global supply chain disruptions, and minimize environmental impacts of the company’s supply chain. editing ;
4. Demonstrate the harmful effects of piracy and advocate for the development, protection and enforcement of appropriate copyright frameworks that ensure fair competition and protect the rights of publishers and content creators;
5. Identify common ground between publishing stakeholders, rights organizations and governments to fight censorship and promote the freedom to publish;
6. Address emerging skills gaps in the workforce through capacity building, mentoring and partnerships;
7. Explore partnerships and programs that emphasize the role of publishing in promoting access to knowledge, continuity of education and lifelong learning for all children and adults. young people, with equal opportunities for girls and boys;
8. Empower under-represented voices to ensure diversity and inclusion in the publishing ecosystem;
9. Support publishing in Indigenous languages ​​through targeted initiatives and partnerships;
ten. Highlight the role of small and medium-sized independent publishers and booksellers, who constitute the vast majority of the publishing industry in the world, in ensuring bibliodiversity and the support measures necessary to sustain their activities.



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