London to host 2016 IPA Congress

London to host 2016 IPA Congress

Next year's International Publishers Congress will be held in London, it was announced on the closing day of the Bangkok event today (26th March).

The event will be hosted by the International Publishers Association, the UK Publishers Association and the London Book Fair, and will take place between 10th and 12th April 2016. London Book Fair's Publishing for Digital Minds conference will run on 11th April 2016 and LBF from 12th-14th April. Emma House, representing the Publishers Association, received a flag signifiying the handover from Thailand to the UK on the speakers' stage at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bangkok today.

The IPA Congress usually takes place once every two years. However the 30th Congress held this week in Bangkok was postponed from 2014 due to political unrest in Thailand last year.

IPA president Richard Charkin said: "After a spectacular Congress in Bangkok we are now looking forward to our next big meeting in London. Not only is it my home town and the home of Bloomsbury Publishing, it's home to many of the world's greatest publishing houses. Do come and join us in Europe's most global and most vibrant city."

PA chief executive Richard Mollet said: "We are thrilled to be welcoming the international publishing community to London. From a West End packed with theatre adaptations of books to a world-class education and research community, the UK continues to be a leading light in innovation, creativity and publishing excellence". Meanwhile LBF director Jacks Thomas added: "With The London Book Fair at the heart of the international business of books, the IPA couldn¹t have a better home for its 2016 Congress and we are greatly looking forward to hosting it."

At the conclusion of this week's event, IPA secretary general Jens Bammel announced a number of Congress resolutions: a call for all governments to put national book policy programmes in place to ensure the development of local publishing markets; for UNESCO to update its definition of a book to include e-books; for all governments, "including Thailand", to "ensure that authors and publishers have the freedom to express criticism of political, royal and religious authority, expose wrong doing, accompany public debate, and to hold people in public office accountable without interference and without fear"; for governments to ensure copyright laws continue to reward authors and publishers fairly, and collaborate with search engines and ISPS to educate the public on copyright; adoption of the WIPO Marrakech Treaty; and for governments to stimulate an "independent and competitive" educational market.