IPA & FBM: Improving Diversity in Publishing: Who Can Lead the Change Process?
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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.
„Rethinking ‘Diversity’ in Publishing“ is the first in-depth academic study in the UK on diversity in trade fiction and the publishing industry. The project is a partnership between Goldsmiths, University of London, Spread the Word, and The Bookseller, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The report is now also available in German: https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Rethinking_Diversity_in_Publishing_Deutsch1.pdf
The event is jontly organised by Frankfurter Buchmesse and the International Publishers Association.
In addition to the events on which the IPA partnered with Frankfurter Buchmesse, IPA will also be hosting further online events during the book fair week. More information about these events can be found on the IPA website.