Bide appointed at IPA

Bide appointed at IPA

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has appointed Mark Bide as its special adviser on digital publishing, standards and accessibility strategy.
 
Bide has worked in and with the publishing industry for over 40 years, as a director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons and an industry consultant on the application of technology to manage intellectual property on the internet. Until March 2014, he was executive director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains. He was also appointed as chairman of the Publishers Licensing Society in 2013.
 
IPA secretary general Jens Bammel said: “In the area of standards, metadata and infrastructure development, we need to provide leadership and strategic advice to our members. Mark has been a trusted expert and strategic visionary in this area for more than 20 years. His roles at digital consultancy Rightscom, industry standards body EDItEUR and the Publishers Licensing Society have given him a wealth of experience. IPA is delighted that we can count on his insight into the drivers of our digital future.”
 
He added: “Promoting accessibility is a strategic issue for publishing. Not only can technical improvements enable publishers to reach new customers; accessibility features can unlock the potential of digital publications in ways that mainstream consumers will value. Mark will play a major role in helping the publishing industry embrace accessibility.”
 
Bide said he was "delighted” to be able to support the IPA in these areas of activity.
 
He commented: “Helping the global publishing industry to understand how to change and what they can do to become great digital publishers, particularly how they can improve access to their publications for people with print disability, will be an exciting challenge.”