The International Publishers Association has welcomed associations from Malaysia, Nepal, Panama and Singapore as provisional members, bringing its membership to 76 associations in 65 countries.
The additions of La Cámara Panameña del Libro, the Malaysian Book Publishers Association, the National Booksellers and Publishers Association of Nepal and the Singapore Book Publishers Association add "another significant boost" to the IPA's global visiblility and influence, the organisation said. The IPA has also welcomed the Motovun Group of International Publishers and the North Korean Writers in Exile PEN Centre to its recently created category of 'patron members', after a vote at the IPA General Assembly in Frankfurt this week.
Also at the Frankfurt General Assembly, four publishers’ associations from Bangladesh, Greece, Jordan and Peru, previously provisional members, were accepted as full members.
Welcoming the new members, IPA President Dr Michiel Kolman said: "It’s tremendous to see that every year the IPA grows in strength and reach with the arrival of new organizations that want to align themselves with our mission and values. The founding tenets of protection of copyright and the promotion of freedom to publish are as crucial to modern publishing in its various forms as they were 121 years ago when the IPA was born."
He added: "The addition of two new membership categories – Patron and Extraordinary – under last year’s statute changes reflects a growing recognition of the IPA’s relevance across multiple arenas. The arrival in the IPA family of the Motovun Group and the North Korean Writers in Exile PEN Centre signals another evolutionary step that will project our voice further than ever before."