Decision of the Selection Committee
The Selection Committee of the World Book Capital 2014, made up of the representatives of the International publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library associations and Institutions (IFLA) and UNESCO, met on 5 July 2012 under the chair of Alexis Krikorian (IPA), in order to examine the applications for the nomination of the World Book Capital 2014, in accordance with Resolution 31 C/29, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 2 November 2001.
The city of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) was nominated as World Book Capital 2014 on account of the quality of tis programme, in particular its focus on youth, and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishin to improve literacy rates.
Report to the mission on how to support the French bookselling sector, at the initiative of former Minister for Culture, Frédéric Mitterand (in French).
Soutenir la librairie pour consolider l’ensemble de la chaîne du livre : une exigence et une responsabilité partagée.
On Monday 21st of May, Ari Doeser outgoing Director of the Royal Dutch Booksellers Association (Koninklijke Boekverkopersbond), outgoing Member of the board of EBF and IBF, received the prestigious Donner Prize 2012.
This Prize is awarded every five years to a personality who proved outstanding dedication to the book sector in the Netherlands.
Ari Doeser was selected in reason of his long and successful career as Director and Member of the Board of the Dutch BA, the Dutch book token association and the Service and consultancy office for bookshops, and for his commitment to the book sector as a whole.
The Donner Prize was created by the Dutch Booksellers Association to celebrate its 50th anniversary
and in memory of Jan Hendrik Donner who was the first president of the BA.
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Issues at stake for booksellers, Presentation by Tim Godfray, C.E.O. of the B.A. of U.K and Ireland, on behalf of EBF
Hearing on Digital Publishing, Economic and Social Committee, 30 November 2011.
BA urges government action to protect bookshops
04.10.11 | Lisa Campbell
High street bookshops need help from the government if their presence there is to continue, the c.e.o. of the Booksellers Association has said.
Tim Godfray called on the government to give rate relief to businesses with a cultural and educational value to maintain independent bookshops on high streets and protect “the wellbeing of society”. He also called on publishers to do more to support bricks and mortar booksellers.
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On 24 May, EBF, FEP and EWC organized a reading in the library of the European Parliament with Noemi Szecsi, one of the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature 2009.
Noemi read in Hungarian, her native language and also in English. Ms Herczog underlined the importance of celebrating cultural and linguistic diversity and was delighted to see Noemi celebrated during the Hungarian Presidency of the EU
Hargreaves review of copyright welcomed by BA
The Booksellers Association (BA) today welcomed the conclusions and recommendations of Professor Hargreaves’ report, Digital Opportunity – A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, which correlates with the BA/European Booksellers Federation’s Statement of Principles on Copyright.
Sydney Davies (Head of Trade & Industry) said: “The BA and the bookselling industry have long supported innovation in e-commerce and digitisation. This report will create a solid framework, backed by the protection of intellectual property rights, around which there will be scope for further opportunities in the creation and dissemination of digital content. The Government should take forward these proposals as soon as possible to help underpin that opportunity.”
Of the report’s ten recommendations, the BA is especially pleased that Professor Hargreaves has ruled out a US style ‘Fair Use’ for copyright. The BA welcomes the proposal that the Government should set up a Digital Copyright Exchange; so too the need to give continuing support for the enforcement of copyright and, most importantly, that there should be legislation to enable Orphan Works to be licensed exactly along the lines the BA has been advocating.Read more