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Winners for 2017 Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award Announced at The London Book Fair

The winners of the 2017 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing were announced on the evening of Tuesday 14th March at the annual London Book Fair held at the Olympia Conference Centre. The awards, one for a publisher and one for an initiative, recognises outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications …

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International Authors Forum Annual General Meeting

The International Authors Forum held its Annual General Meeting on 14 March 2017. The meeting heard reports on the ongoing work of the IAF with the Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations. The IAF also set out plans to expand its work with the …

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Fundación para la Gestión del Arte statement on corruption in Panama

International Authors Forum Member Fundación para la Gestión del Arte (FUGA) in Panama has released a statement outlining the position of writers and artists in Panama on corruption scandals in Panama. The statement from FUGA follows: Given the notorious corruption scandals that have tarnished our country in recent months, la Fundación para la Gestión del Arte (FUGA) makes a statement composed …

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Report from London Book Fair: Brexit

At a seminar on the impact of Brexit on children’s media, discussion covered how the creative industry around children’s books particularly will be affected. Scriptwriters discussed how productions of TV series for children currently rely on access to an EU workforce, while the UK’s position in the EU for trade has benefited the supply chains of products derived from books …

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Report from London Book Fair: Contracts

Kate Pool, Deputy Chief Executive of IAF Member the Society of Authors (SoA) and an experienced professional in contract-vetting, led the seminar for ‘What to look out for in a good and bad contract’. Accompanying Pool was Celia Rees, Britain’s foremost writer for teenagers and member of the Contracts Team at SoA. Rees began by stating that, like many writers, …

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Report from London Book Fair: Accessibility

Creating digital books for learners with disabilities was the agenda for the ‘Textbooks for All’ panel discussion, hosted by Unicef along with partners Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and International Publishers Association (IPA). The Marrakesh Treaty Hugo Setzer, Vice President of IPA, said that the world’s publishing community was fully committed to bringing accessible textbooks to …

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Report from London Book Fair: Copyright

Consensus on copyright The Charles Clarke Memorial lecture, founded by the Publishers’ Association (PA), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), and the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), is the leading copyright event of the London Book Fair. This year, it featured a debate on ‘fair use’ with Judge Pierre Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, …

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IAF London Book Fair report: Poland is country of focus for 2017

The Author HQ at this year’s annual London Book Fair, at the Olympia Conference Centre in London from 14th-16th March 2017, was packed to the rafters with writers from around the globe. Authors attended to hear seminars from industry professionals helping them make informed decisions about getting work published and protecting their rights once they had been offered a publishing …

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National Writers Union defends writers in the US and abroad

The National Writers Union has been defending writers against attacks on copyright and on freedom of the press in the USA and abroad. Larry Goldbetter of the National Writers Union (NWU) reports. On February 3, we joined PEN America at the Research Institute of Turkey in a joint event calling for the freedom of Ahmed Sik and the 150 jailed …

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Influential Malawian writer Desmond Dudwa Phiri honoured

Dr. Desmond Dudwa Phiri is renowned as the most influential player in the development of Malawi. Locally known as DD Phiri, he was honoured on 26th February 2017 by the Baptist Church in Malawi at a colourful ceremony near Independence Arch, Chichiri in Blantyre. Story by Samuel Makore of the Malawi Writers Union Phiri, 82, who is a reputed historian, …

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