IPA President Bodour Al Qasimi to Release Report on Post-Pandemic Recovery of Publishing Industry
Sharjah: Ahead of Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021, which runs October 20-24, the International Publishers Association (IPA) unveils its InSPIRe report with crucial findings on how ecosystem stakeholders envision the future of the global edition for the post-pandemic era.
The report details a set of concrete recommendations designed specifically in response to more than 60 consultations with key global players in the publishing value chain. These consultations are part of the InSPIRe Charter survey, which offered them the opportunity to detail their issues and concerns related to COVID-19.
Based on a comprehensive understanding of the challenges on the ground in dozens of local markets, the new report presents guidance on the way forward to improve resilience and sustainability through multi-stakeholder collaboration to strengthen industry solidarity.
The report also addresses key issues for the industry, including promoting digital engagement within local IPA chapters; rebuild the fundamental relationships of authors, illustrators and retailers with publishers and expand industry partnerships. It also maps out the potential future direction of the education sector and seeks to bridge the digital divide in the publishing ecosystem. Finally, he recommends a dialogue-based re-imagining of future book fairs as hybrid events benefiting from deeper innovation and strong health and safety protocols.
The October 2021 report follows the landmark IPA report From Response to Recovery: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Publishing Industry, released in November 2020, then the first of its kind, offering practical insight and insight based on interviews with 33 senior industry executives.
Debate on the Frankfurter Buchmesse Hof
Ahead of the book fair, Bodour Al Qasimi and Frankfurter Buchmesse CEO Juergen Boos will host a conversation on The Hof platform. Moderated by Felix Zeltner, the dialogue will see Al Qasimi present the overall vision of the InSPIRe plan, the details of which are being formulated by the IPA working group based on the feedback they continue to receive from signatories of the Charter, on ways in which the IPA can foster industry-wide cooperation.
Explaining the logic behind the InSPIRe plan approach, Bodour Al Qasimi will argue that the future success of the industry rests on every stakeholder – in the ecosystem – not just publishers, adding that the road to recovery must therefore be in able to meet the needs of all industry participants, without exceptions or exclusions.