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Wednesday 14 October

Launch: Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact

Wednesday, 14 October, 9:30am (CEST); by FBM and IPA

Following the success of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Book Club, the IPA is backing a new compact, a kind of charter, to encourage all publishers to play their part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair starts, join us for the launch of the SDG Publishers Compact. 

 Moderator: Michiel Kolman, IPA Presidential Envoy for Diversity and Inclusion


  • Sherri Aldis, Chief, UN Publications
  • Hugo Setzer, IPA President,
  • Juergen Boos, CEO of Frankfurter Buchmesse
  • Nadja Kneissler, Chairwoman of the Publishers’ Committee of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association
 SDG Publishers Compact Launch

Watch it here:


Improving Diversity in Publishing: Who Can Lead the Change Process?

Wednesday, 14 October, 10:00am (CEST); by FBM and IPA

The publishing industry knows, and the data shows, that there is much room for improvement with regards to how inclusive and diverse the publishing sector is. But promoting diverse authors is not only a necessary moral decision, it is a critical business decision if publishers want to reach more and new readers. But how can publishing approach this challenge and tackle the obstacles that run through the entire value chain? This panel will look at current quantitative and qualitative data, discuss concepts for change and look at what role publishers, associations, and other industry partners can and must play to bring about change on this urgent issue.


  • Michiel Kolman, IPA Presidential Envoy Diversity & Inclusion;
  • Sharmaine Lovegrove, Publisher of Dialogue Books;
  • Sandra van Lente, Co-Author of Rethinking ‘Diversity’ in Publishing.
  • Dr Anamik Saha, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Thabiso Mahlape, Publisher & Founder, Blackbird Books
 Diversity FBM20 Cover slide


More information: To access the livestream, please register once via My Book Fair:


An international outlook on publishing, creative content and IP 

Wednesday, 14 October, 11:00am (CEST); by WIPO, IPA and FBM

In this session the new Global Publishing Industry Report for 2020, compiled by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the IPA, will be presented. This annual survey covers international trends and patterns in three market segments: retail, educational and scholarly, academic and scientific publishing. Furthermore, discussions will take place on the adaptation of comic characters in the US. New research by WIPO has documented the re-use of comic characters across the book, movie and video game publishing industries, relying on a variety of data sources. The research also looks into the role played by copyright and trademarks in the creative re-use process, which will be further explored during the event with experts and stakeholders. Speakers will be announced soon.

More information: To access the livestream, please register once via My Book Fair:


Freedom to Publish Committee Open Meeting

Wednesday, 14 October, 12:00pm (CEST)

 An exclusive advance presentation of a new IPA report presenting the freedom to publish situation around the world and the opportunity for participants to share their stories. FtP Open Cover 



Presentation of Jakarta, Host of the 33rd International Publishers Congress 2022 

Wednesday, 14 October, 1:00pm (CEST)

The governor of Jakarta will open a session presenting the newly announced host city of the 33rd International Publishers Congress in November 2022.



  • Hugo Setzer, President, IPA
  • Anies R. Baswedan, Governor of Jakarta

Handover Ceremony

  • Kristenn Einarsson, Norwegian Publishers Association
  • Laura Prinsloo, Executive Chair, Jakarta Book City

Publishing Discussion

  • Rosidayati Rozalina, President, IKAPI
  • Haidar Bagir, President Director, Mizan Group

Moderator: José Borghino, Secretary General, IPA

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Challenging Big Tech: Establishing Platform Responsibility and Accountability Online

Wednesday, 14 October, 2:00pm (CEST)

A line-up of international experts will look at the current situation of online platforms in the USA, Europe and Africa and the legal responsibilities of those platforms for the creative works they may host.

 Moderator: Jessica Sänger, Chair, IPA Copyright Committee


  • Lui Simpson, Senior Vice President, Global Policy, Association of American Publishers
  • Ted Shapiro, Partner and Head of Brussels Office, Wiggin LLP
  • John Assein, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Copyright Commission
IPA at FBM20 Big Tech Promo graphic 



Thursday 15 October

Release of the State of Publishing Reports

Thursday, 15 October, 11:00am (CEST)

The IPA will release seven new reports covering a range of areas of vital importance to the publishing industry including international perspectives on the freedom to publish, copyright, publishing’s contribution to achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals, reading habits, international book policies, educational publishing and digital licensing. 

  • Hugo Setzer, President, IPA President
  • Kristenn Einarsson, Norwegian Publishers Association
  • Yngve Slettholm, CEO, Kopinor

Moderator: José Borghino, Secretary General, IPA

V2State of Publishing Reports Launch 



IPA Prix Voltaire 2020: Guerrilla Publishing and International Support

Thursday, 15 October, 1:30pm (CEST); by IPA and FBM

This session will feature Pham Doan Trang, former spokesperson of the Vietnamese Liberal Publishing House which was awarded the 2020 Prix Voltaire. The discussion will shed a light on guerilla publishing and the situation in Vietnam as well as on the role of the international publishing community in freedom to publish. 


  • Kristenn Einarsson, Chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee;
  • Will Nguyen, campaigner;
  • Pham Doan Trang, former spokesperson for Liberal Publishing House;
  • Long Trinh, Independent journalist and activist

Moderator: James Taylor, Director Communications and Freedom to Publish, IPA

PV20 FBM20 Cover slide 

More information: To access the livestream, please register once via My Book Fair: and then you can watch the session here on one of the 3 ‘stages’:


Reading Matters!

Thursday, 15 October, 4:00pm (CEST) by IPA and LitCam in cooperation with Aldus Up

An exclusive in-depth look at a new IPA report looking at the evolution of reading habits around the world follow by an international panel on literacy.

 The Global Reading Report:

  • Brian Wafawarowa: Introducing the report
  • KristennEinarsson: closer look to the findings

Best practices for reading promotion & the way forward:

  • Karin Plötz(LITCAM) – Europe
  • Brij Kothari (Planet Read) – India
  • Lily Nyariki(ADEA) – Africa
  • Piero Attanasio(AIE) – next steps
 Reading Matters Promo

Watch the session at 4pm CEST here:


Friday 16 October

European Accessibility Act: A Chance for Publishing

Friday, 16 October, 11:30am (CEST); by FEP, IPA and FBM in coopereation with Fondazione LIA and the Aldus Network.

Last year, the European Accessibility Act was passed. This event will highlight the opportunities of the European Accessibility Act for publishers and feature statements from the Presidents of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and IPA. 

 Speakers include:

  • Hugo Setzer, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA);
  • Peter Kraus vom Cleff, President of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP)
  • Inmaculada Placienca-Porrero, Senior Expert Social Affairs at Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission; 
  • Monica Halil, Head of Accessible Books Consortium, WIPO;
  • Cristina Mussinelli, Secretary General, LIA Foundation;
  • Luc Audrain, accessible publishing expert;
  • Wendy Reid, Accessibility and Publishing Standards Lead, Rakuten Kobo
  • Paolo Casarini, Software project leader, architect and developer
  • Thomas Kahlisch, European Blind Union
 EAA Promo

More information: To access the livestream, please register once via My Book Fair: and then you can watch the session here on one of the 3 ‘stages’:


Educational Publishers Forum Open Meeting

Friday, 16 October, 1:00pm (CEST)

A dedicated focus on education publishing will see the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher talk about PISA programme and China Education Publishing and Media Group’s Vice President, Yu Chun Chi talk about education in China.

 Moderator: Stephan de Valk, Chair, EPF

  • Hugo Setzer, President, IPA
  • Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education & Skills, OECD
  • Yu Chunchi, Vice President, China Education Publishing and Media Group
  • Rok Kvaternik, CEO, Ernst Klett Publishers Eastern Europe
 EPF Open Promoslide