Meetings, workshops, book fairs

The meeting of the Arab-language publishers, Beirut, 2005

Pays de parution : Liban

The meeting of the Arabic-language network was held in Beirut, December the 11, and 12, 2005, and brought together the editors of Lebanon (Dar Al Farabi and Intishar), of Morocco (Toubkal), of Algeria (Thala), of Tunisia (Med Ali), Libya (Tala) and Jordan (Dar Al Shoruk).

Third meeting of the Latin-American independent publishers’ collectives, La Paz, August, 2010

Pays de parution : Bolivie

The 3rd meeting of Latin-American independent publishers’ collectives of the Alliance will occur with the support of the Departmental Book Chamber of La Paz and the French cultural services for the Andean cooperation during the 15th La Paz International Book Fair (Bolivia) – which will take place from August 18 to 29, 2010, under the slogan “Celebrate Bibliodiversity”.

Welcome to the Alliance Lab !

Following the publication of the study on digital publishing in developing countries carried out by Octavio Kulesz, the Alliance is launching its digital Laboratory, in partnership with the Prins Claus Fund and the International organization of La Francophonie.


Integrated to the resources center of the Alliance, the Lab is a participative platform dedicated to discussions on digital issues for the publishers members of the Alliance.
Apart from a blog and a twitter (@digisouth) about digital innovations in developing countries, the Lab is also offering to the members a private digital space for experimentation and training.

Communiqué from the Alliance on the Tunis meetings, 27 May 2011

Pays de parution : Tunisie

15 publishers from 8 countries (Algeria, Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria) met in Tunis, from 12 to 15 May 2011, to discuss e-publishing. The meeting was organised by the International Alliance of Independent Publishers, with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

The publishers who met in Tunis wished it to be known that these meetings took place in a peaceful and secure environment. The warm welcome we were given, despite the curfew then in place, enabled us to organise meetings of a high standard, from both a professional and a human perspective.

We wished to show our solidarity with our Tunisian partners in this way, by inviting associations, NGOs, organisations and institutions, tourists and the simply curious to rediscover Tunisia – a Tunisia where freedom is in the air.

Paris Book Fair, 2006

Pays de parution : France

The Alliance of the Independent Publishers cordially thanks all the people who contributed to the success of our collective stand at the Paris Book Fair.

International Publishers’ Meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, April 25 - 27, 2008

Pays de parution : Colombie

This meeting, organized by Cerlalc, the Colombian Department of Education, the Book Chamber of Colombia and the Cultural affairs of the city of Bogotá, was special in that it enabled the exchange of experiences between independent publishers from Colombia, from the Alliance (Germán Coronado (Ediciones Peisa, Peru), Pablo Harari (Trilce, Uruguay), Ivana Jinkings (Boitempo, Brazil), Anne Marie Métailié (Editions Métailié, France), Paulo Slachevsky (Lom Ediciones, Chile), Marcelo Uribe (Ediciones Era, Mexico), Thierry Quinqueton, Chairman of the Alliance, and other professionals of the book sector.

An emphasis was put on the theme of new technologies (on-demand printing, Google books search, ebooks) and on their impact on the very know-how of publishers.

Two major aspects of this meeting were the formal creation of REIC (Red de Editoriales Independientes de Colombia) through the signature of its by-laws and the drafting of the Bogota Declaration (see below).

At the crossroads of Africas, Algeria, October 27 - November 5, 2008

Pays de parution : Algérie

The Alliance at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, 2004

Pays de parution : Inde

The workshop on independent publishing, run by Indu Chandrasekhar and held to support the formation of a network of independent Indian publishers, lived up to its billing...

Around forty people took part in the workshop.

The Alliance at the Paris Book Fair, March, 2009

Pays de parution : France

Meeting of the Spanish-language network in Buenos Aires, April, 2009

Pays de parution : Argentine

The members of the Spanish-language network met at the Buenos Aires Book Fair in Argentina, from April 18 to 22, 2009. On this occasion, the representatives from 6 Latin-American collectives of independent publishers held a specific meeting to exchange their experiences.

A « smart » book donation operation at the Geneva African Book Fair, April, 2009

Pays de parution : Suisse

The Alliance is present at the Geneva African Book Fair (April 22 to 26, 2009) and gives you the opportunity to participate in a smart book donation operation. By buying one or several youth books produced in Africa from the African bookshop on the Fair, as well as a pre-paid envelope from the Alliance, you can mail the books yourself to a library in Africa.

Discover an exclusive collection of youth books published in Africa and available from the Alliance

Do you want your collection to diversify ? Are you fond of youth literature ?
Set out to discover African youth literature thanks to an exclusive selection of books published in Africa : colofur, sometimes bilingual quality books, with engaging characters and extraordinary adventures.

These books are available from the Alliance, get in touch with us for any request or any order.

« Littératures métisses » Festival, Angoulême, 29 - 31 May, 2004

Pays de parution : France

The Alliance of Independent Publishers accepted the invitation from the Office du Livre in Poitou-Charentes, which organized the Littératures métisses festival [multiethnic literatures festival]. A number of discussions with writers (including Alberto Ruy-Sanchez, Alberto Manguel, Theo Hahola) and publishers (Jean Richard from Editions d’en bas, Thierry Discépolo from Editions Agone, among others), along with readings by the actresses Marie-Christine Barrault and Sonia Emmanuel, were open to the public.

The Alliance of Independent Publishers took part in two discussions « Éditer autrement » [Alternative publishing] and « Éditer, produire, créer, diffuser avec l’Afrique » [Publish, produce, create and distribute with Africa]. These discussions and the booth gave good visibility to the association and its members’ co-publishing projects and provided information to the public about topics such as book distribution, the circulation of ideas, independent and united publishing and the equitable book.

The International Book and Press Fair in Geneva, from April 28 to May 2, 2004

Pays de parution : Suisse

The Alliance of Independent Publishers was well represented at the International Book and Press Show in Geneva, where the African Book, Press and Culture Show was held for the first time. At the event, Paris team members Etienne and Alexandre ran into publishers Jean-Claude Naba from Editions Sankofa & Gurli (Burkina Faso), Béatrice Lalinon Gbado from Editions Ruisseaux d’Afrique (Benin), Marie-Agathe Amoikon Fauquembergue from Editions Eburnie (Ivory Coast), Bichr Benanni from Editions Tarik (Morocco) and Jean Richard from Editions d’en bas (Switzerland), along with Behrouz Safdari (who runs the Persophone network) and Isabelle Bourgueil (who ran the Afrilivres program in 2002 and 2003). They were all doing well and working hard ! The Alliance members had several opportunities to talk about the Alliance and the co-publishing process during round-table discussions. Numerous copies of Declarations, along with posters and other items to familiarize people with our association, were available in the African bookstore, which also offered a wide selection of titles from our member publishers. We offer special thanks to Jean and Isabelle, who worked long and hard to make the event a success. Mission accomplished : Long live the African Book Show in Geneva !

Meeting of the Portuguese-language network, September, 2005

Pays de parution : Brésil

The meeting of the Portuguese-language network of the Alliance of independent publishers was held in Rio de Janeiro, September 14th and 15th 2005, and brought together the publishers of Angola (Cha de Caxinde), of Guinea Bissao (Ku Si Mon), of Portugal (Campo das Letras), of Mozambique (Moçambique editora) and Brazil (Vozes and Pallas). These publishers of Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa also took part in the « Primavera dos Livros » of Rio de Janeiro, a book fair organized by the Brazilian publishers of the LIBRE network.

The following documents are available, do not hesitate to contact us :

1) The report from the meeting of the portuguese-language network of the Alliance of independent publishers (Rio de Janeiro, September 14th and 15th) ;

2) The participation in « Primavera dos Livros » (Rio de Janeiro, September 16-19) ;

3) Projects 2004-2005 (Year of Brazil in France, « Biennial » of Rio, French National Library) ;

4) List of participants and other contacts.

Enjeux Planète meeting in Brussels, December, 2004

Pays de parution : Belgique

The members of the Enjeux Planète Group will meet in Bruxelles (Belgium), 16th to 18th, Décember, 2004. The program of this meeting -organised by the Alliance of Independent Publishers and the Luc Pire Publishing House- is : checking of the past copublishing processes, planning for the 2005 and 2006 publications, signature of the collective agreement.

Participants : Bernard Stéphan (Atelier Publishing House - France), Michel Sauquet (Charles Léopold Mayer Publishing House - France), Dominique Caouette (Ecosociété Publishing House - Canada), Luc Pire (Luc Pire Publishing House - Belgium), Jean Richard (en bas Publishing House - Switzerland), Bichr Bennani (Tarik Publishing House - Moroco), Karim Ben Smail (Cérès Publishing House - Tunisia), Béatrice Lalinon Gbado (Ruisseaux d’Afrique Publishing House - Benin), Serge Dontchueng Kouam (Presses Universitaires d’Afrique - Cameroon), Marie-Agathe Amoikon-Fauquembergue (Eburnie Publishing House - Ivory Coast).

Proposals of the World Social Forum, 2005

Pays de parution : Brésil

The Alliance of Independent Publishers, in partnership with the Ford Foundation (USA - www.fordfound.org) and the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation (Swizerland - www.fph.ch), set up a copublishing project to gather the proposals that will come out of the World Social Forum context, in Porto Alegre (Brazil). To achieve this goal, the Alliance sent 11 writers to Porto Alegre, to cover the 11 themes of the 2005 WSF (see the 11 themes of the WSF on the website www.forumsocialmundial.org.br). Each writer will contribute a chapter to a book that will be copublished by the Alliance members first in French, English, and Portuguese - followed by versions in other languages.

Noureddine Ben Khader

Pays de parution : Tunisie

Cérès Publishing House (Tunisia) and the Alliance of Independent Publishers are very sad to inform you that Nourredine Ben Khader has passed away.

A great influence in the African and Tunisian book industry, « NBK » managed Cérès Publishing House for 20 years. His remarquable enthusiasm as well as his strong involvement in publishing and books made him a reference for all his friends, both in Africa and throughout the world.

We will not forget him.

The Alliance in the Paris Book Fair, 2005

Pays de parution : France

The Alliance of Independent Publishers invite you in its stand at the Paris Book Fair, number L 180, March 18 to 23, 2005.

Meeting of the English-language network in London, March, 2005

Pays de parution : Royaume-Uni

The English-speaking network of the Alliance the Alliance of Independent Publishers is meeting in London prior to the Book Fair (http://www.lbf-virtual.com), March 10-13. Participants will come from Australia, Canada, England, India, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, the United States, and Zimbabwe to discuss co-publishing projects and develop strategies for future development of this network.

This meeting has been organised in collaboration with African Books Collective, INASP, and SABDET.

A joint cocktail reception will be held at the Fair on Sunday, March 13, 2005, at British Council’s International Centre, 5 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Afrilivres catalogue

Launching of the catalogue of Afrilivres

With more than 1 300 titles published by 54 African editors, an essential tool for professionals.

Order the Afrilivres catalogue.

New ! The French-speaking Publishers’ 2005 Catalogue

At the Geneva Book Fair (from April 27 to May 1, 2005), the Alliance of Independent Publishers presented and diffused for the first time the French-speaking publishers’ 2005 Catalogue. (Check it out online).

Included in this catalogue are the following :

• a presentation of each of the 28 publishing houses, from all over the French-speaking world (from Mali to Quebec while passing by France) ;

• a selection of representative titles from each publisher, more than one hundred titles ;

• an access by kind, title, author, publisher ;

• information and contacts regarding the purchase of books, no matter who you are and where you come from !

In order to facilitate the exchange of information between book professionals (rights transfers, translations), this new tool is available in two languages : French and English.

The Alliance at the Centre Georges Pompidou

Pays de parution : France

On October 10th, 2005, at 19pm, the Alliance will be present at the Georges Pompidou Center (Paris,), to participate in a debate on bibliodiversity. This event, organized by Littératures Pirates Korporation (LPK, see www.litteraturespirates.org), is included in the Lire en Fête agenda.

Hélène Clémente from Inextenso (www.inextensodiffusion.com), Claire Mathon (LPK), Philippe Magnani (Paris Musées Diffusion), Jérôme Saliou (Alphagraph bookshop, Rennes) and Étienne Galliand (Alliance of Independent Publishers) will debate on concrete practices aimed at empowering the diversity of independent publishers.

Children’s Book and Press Fair, Montreuil, 2005

Pays de parution : France


The Alliance of Independent Publishers was invited to the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse de Seine-Saint-Denis(Children’s Book Fair of Seine-Saint-Denis), between the 30th of november and the 5th of december, on the stand of Afrilivres. Béatrice Lalinon-Gbado were glad to meet you there. Béatrice Lalinon-Gbado is the president of the pan-African association « Afrilivres » and also publisher for children in Benin and author of “Maman“, selected for the Baobab Prize. LIBRE, Brazilian network of Publishers, partner of the Alliance of Independent Publishers, were also attend the Book Fair through the MACO publishing house.


Official website of the Book Fair

FILDAK 2005 - Dakar International Book Fair, Senegal

Pays de parution : Sénégal

The Alliance of Independent Publishers, in partnership with the International French-speaking Booksellers Association (AILF), was glad to welcome you on their shared stand in the International Book Fair of Dakar – December 6 to 11, 2005. The Alliance started there a study on “Publishing in African languages”, under the authority of Jean-Claude Naba (Sankofa & Gurli publishing), with the help of Karine Lewkowicz.

Independent publishers from the Latin world and bibliodiversity, Mexico, 2005

Pays de parution : Mexique

November 2005, 27-30
International Book Fair of Guadalajara, Mexico

The book and the Publishing world are at the center of the current debate about the need for promoting cultural diversity in the context of globalization and concentration of cultural industries.

More information in French
More information in Spanish

Primavera dos livros (« Springtime of books ») in Rio de Janeiro, 2006

Pays de parution : Brésil

In Brazil, the “Springtime of books”, an event organized
by the LIBRE organization (a Brazilian federation of publishers), was the occasion to discuss a law regulating the price of books. Approximately a hundred independent Brazilian publishers participated in this great celebration of books, from September 15-17, 2006.

Upon the publication of the Portuguese version of Protéger le livre (« Protecting books ») - a study published in 2003 by the
Alliance of Independent Publishers, Markus Gerlach, author of the study, accompanied by an economist and president of LIBRE, Araken Ribeiro, participated in an in-depth debate on setting fixed prices for books. Proteger o livro is the first co-publishing project between LIBRE and the Alliance of Independent Publishers. We are particularly pleased that Markus Gerlach’s work exists, in addition to the French and Spanish versions, in Portuguese.

Remaining active, the LIBRE organization organized a round table discussion focused on “Proposals and commitments made by Presidential candidates”, with the participation of several representatives of candidates from the principal parties involved in the Brazilian Presidential campaign.
As we can see, the establishment or the rejection of a law on books and readership makes for some serious debate,
particularly in Latin America.

(More info on : http://www.primaveradolivro.com.br/).

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New Release : Independent publishers on the attack ?

What is an independent publisher ? What is a “creative publisher” ? Can a large group be an independent publisher ? How can a publisher, in the context of concentration and financial constraints, stay independent in daily life, while maintaining its activist role ?
Such are the questions that Gilles Colleu confronts in his work Independent Publishers : moving from the age of reason on to the attack ? (“Éditeurs indépendants : de l’âge de raison vers l’offensive ?”). Far from any caricature, Gilles uses sound and engaging reasoning based on a “certain idea” of publishing to show us some characteristics that make the creative independent publisher a major actor, and a natural defender, of book diversity.

« Independent Publishers : moving from the age of reason on to the attack ? »

Alliance of Independent Publishers

Collection « État des lieux de l’édition » (“Reports on the publishing world”)

160 pages, 10 € in France

ISBN 13 : 978-2-9519747-2-2

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Find all the information on the collection « État des lieux de l’édition ») here.

Collection État des lieux de l’édition

A wise man passed away, tribute to Joseph Ki Zerbo

Pays de parution : Burkina Faso

We got some very bad news from Burkina Faso in the month of December : Joseph Ki-Zerbo (photo below), an eminent African historian, political activist, promoter of independence movements, and reputable author, passed away. Upon hearing the news, Marie-Agathe Amoikon Fauquembergue of Eburnie publications (Ivory Coast) responded : “À baobab has left us !”.

We would like to salute the man, author, and thinker Ki-Zerbo was. We remember the international co-publication of his last work, which he entrusted to Alliance members : “À quand l’Afrique ?” (“When’s the time for Africa ?”) has become a reference, the winner of the “World Citizen award” (prix RFI Citoyen du Monde), a commercial success, and is now translated into Portuguese by 4 members of our network. We would like to send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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Independent creation publisher : a tentative definition

As the independence of publishing is increasingly discussed, we have decided to bring into debate a possible definition of the « independent creation publisher ». This tool, in the shape of a series of questions, would allow to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a publisher in terms of independence.

A unique meeting in favor of bibliodiversity

Pays de parution : France

International Assembly on Independent Publishing -
Paris, 1-4 July, 2007

International Declaration of Independent Publishers, 2007

75 independent publishers from more than 45 countries – including members of associations representing over 380 publishing houses – gathered in Paris in the French National Library from July 1-4, 2007 for an International Assembly on Independent Publishing. In the International Declaration of Independent Publishers, they reaffirm their intention to resist and to act with a common purpose.

Foundation of the Alianza Peruana de Editores

Pays de parution : Pérou

The Peruvian publishers that were present at the International Assembly in Paris last July (Germán Coronado, Ediciones PEISA and Álvaro Lasso, Estruendomudo), have participated in founding the Alianza Peruana de Editores in Lima in September. The creation of this Alliance, which gathers about twenty independent, academic and autonomous publishers, is perfectly in line with the appeal launched by signatory publishers in International Declaration of Independent Publishers for the protection and promotion of bibliodiversity (Paris, July 2007) : « we call upon independent publishers everywhere in the world to join forces –whether at the national, regional, or international level– creating associations and other collective bodies which will permit us to better defend our rights, and to make our voices heard. »
According to Germán Coronado : “Esta nueva entidad gremial nace como un reflejo de lo que aconteció en París en julio pasado.” (“This new collective entity is born as a reflection of what happened in Paris last July").
The statutes of this Peruvian Alliance are available on the following link : http://alpe.wordpress.com

We wish this national association of independent publishers success in protecting and fostering bibliodiversity as well as its Latin American counterparts (AEMI in Mexico, EDINAR in Argentina, LIBRE in Brazil).

Publishers of the Alliance present at the « Plural Africa » stand at the Youth Book and Press Fair in Montreuil (France), November 28 - December 3, 2007

Pays de parution : France

10 publishing houses from 10 different countries were indeed represented in an especially fit out 60 m2 space. Five publishers were present and stayed for 6 days in tune with the fair : Russel Clarke (Jacana Media, South Africa), Béatrice Lalinon Gbado (éditions Ruisseaux d’Afrique, Benin), Marianna Warth (Pallas Editora, Brazil), Marie-Michèle Razafinstalama (éditions Prediff, Madagascar) and Paulin Assem (éditions Graines de pensées, Togo) thus participated both in setting up the stand as well as in managing it.

Books About Books : a new free resource center on books and publishing

From January 5, 2009 on, you are invited to discover Books About Books, a resource center specialized in « Books & Publishing » in the middle of Paris.

Books About Books is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6 pm. For any additional information, don’t hesitate to call us at +33(0)1 43 14 73 66.

Bibliodiversity 1, January, 2006

Read : The first number of Bibliodiversity the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 2, February, 2006

Read : The second issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 3, May, 2006

Read : The third issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 4, June, 2006

Read : The fourth issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 5, July-August, 2006

Read : The fifth issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 6, September, 2006

Read : The sixth issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 7, December, 2006

Read : The seventh issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 8, November, 2007

Read : The eighth issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Bibliodiversity 9, February, 2008

Read : The ninth issue of Bibliodiversity, the newsletter of the Alliance of independent publishers, has just come out !

Meeting of language network coordinators in Paris, October 12 - 13, 2009

Pays de parution : Argentine, Brésil, Cameroun, États-Unis, Tunisie

The Alliance language network coordinators will meet in Paris on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13d of October 2009. This meeting comes further to a request formulated by the publishers at the International Assembly of Independent Publishing (July 2007), who wished that the coordinators could meet the members of the Alliance’s Board.

Language network coordinators :

An Alliance communiqué to all members

Pays de parution : France

On Monday 12 October 2009, the Alliance brought together the five language network coordinators and six members of the Board. This meeting, prepared in advance by the permanent staff, was an opportunity to address several core issues for our movement. A French version of the minutes in full – including the verbatim of this long and exciting day of work – was sent to the participants. They wished however to have a communiqué, summing up the main points discussed and decisions taken together, drawn up in three languages for circulation among all members of the Alliance.

Report of the Portuguese-language network and Spanish-language networks meetings - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), November 25 -27, 2009

Pays de parution : Brésil

The Spanish-language network and the Portuguse-language network of the Alliance met in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) from 25 till 27 November 2009, during « la Primavera dos livros ». These meetings allowed both networks to build their respective initiative programme for 2010-2011 but also to strengthen the « regionalisation » of the Alliance, through an inter-network meeting.

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The stand of the Alliance. From left to right : Gustavo Mauricio García Arenas and Lucía Moncada, REIC (Colombia), Gonzalo Badal, EDIN (Chile), Maira, Pablo Moya, AEMI (México), Daniela Allerbon, EDINAR (Argentina), Anna Danieli, TRILCE (Uruguay) and Guido Indij, coordinator of the Spanish-language network

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Guido INDIJ, coordinator of the Spanish-language network (on the left) and Araken GOMES RIBEIRO, coordinator of the Portuguese-language network (on the right)

Meeting of the Arabic-language network, Tunis, April 25 - 28, 2010

Pays de parution : Tunisie

Four years after the International Assembly on Independent Publishing in Paris in July 2007, we are delighted to be bringing together the Arabic-language network of the Alliance in Tunisia, during the Tunis International Book Fair.

The Alliance organizes a round table open to professionals, focussing on publishing and cultural diversity, at the heart of the Tunis International Book Fair on Monday 26 April at 4.00 pm.

Promoting Bibliodiversity : The independent publishers at the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair

Pays de parution : Allemagne

To meet the independent publishers of the Alliance in Frankfurt, download the document below.

To contact these publishers, before or after the Fair, do not hesitate to address directly the International Alliance of Independent Publishers.

Meeting of language network coordinators, Paris, October 11 - 12, 2010

Pays de parution : France

The Alliance language network coordinators will meet in Paris on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th of October 2010. This meeting represents one of the annual appointment of the governance of the association.
Two days of exchanges and debates between the coordinators and the members of the Board of the Alliance... discover the attached programme.

Language network coordinators :

* Nouri Abid, Tunisia (Med Ali), coordinator of the Arabic-language network ;

* Serge D. Kouam, Cameroon (Presses universitaires d’Afrique), coordinator of the French-language network ;

* Marc Favreau, United States (The New Press), coordinator of the English-language network ;

* Araken Gomes Ribeiro, Brazil (Contra Capa), coordinator of the Portuguese-language network ;

* Guido Indij, Argentina (la marca editora), coordinator of the Spanish-language network.

Meeting of the English-language network in Paris, October 13 - 15, 2010

Pays de parution : France
Langue(s) : anglais

The English-language network next meeting will take place in Paris from 13th to 15th October 2010. Discussions about the network current and future projects (translation, co-publishing, book fairs, etc.) are planned.
Being in Paris will be an opportunity for the seven publishers (Spinifex in Australia, Jacana Media in South Africa, The New Press in the United States, Tulika and Women Unlimited in India and Zed Books in the United Kingdom) to meet French publishers (Actes Sud, La Fabrique...).

Meeting on the digital publishing in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), December 18 - 21, 2010

Pays de parution : Burkina Faso

The International Alliance of Independent Publishers organizes from 18 to 21 December 2010 a meeting on the digital publishing in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), in partnership with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

The International Committee of Independent Publishers meets in Paris, June 19 - 22, 2011

Pays de parution : France

The International Committee of Independent publishers (ICIP) will gather in Paris from 19 to 22 June 2011 for the annual meeting with the Board of Alliance. This year the ICIP will participate in the General Assembly of the Alliance on 20 June, and will meet with the Persian-language publishers of the diaspora, who gather in Paris from 22 to 24 June 2011 (see the program above).

The ICIP members present in Paris :

  • Nouri ABID (éditions Med Ali, Tunisia), Coordinator of the Arabic-language network ;
  • Serge D. KOUAM (Presses universitaires d’Afrique, Cameroon), Coordinator of the French-language network ;
  • Araken GOMES RIBEIRO (Contra Capa, Brazil), Coordinator of the Portuguese-language network ;
  • Guido INDIJ (la marca editora, Argentina) - Coordinator of the Spanish-language network ;
  • Ritu MENON (Women Unlimited, India) - representative of English-language network.

The report of the meeting of ICIP is available from the Alliance team.

Communiqué to all members : Announcement of the setup of the International Committee of Independent Publishers (ICIP)

In line with decisions taken at the 2007 International Assembly on Independent Publishers in Paris, the language network Coordinators and the Board of the Alliance have been meeting on an annual basis since 2009 (please see our November 2009 Communiqué).

On 11 October 2010, the Coordinators and the Board of the Alliance met in Paris and decided jointly to create “The International Committee of Independent Publishers” (ICIP) [...].
Because the publisher members – Allies – are the primary players in the Alliance, the members of the ICIP and the Board of the Alliance are submitting the creation of the International Committee of Independent Publishers (ICIP) to your approval.

African Book, Press and Culture Fair in Geneva, April 29 - May 3, 2011 : independent publishers perspective

Pays de parution : Suisse

Ten independent publishers from ten countries will be present during the African Book Fair in Geneva from 29 April to 3 May 2011. They will participate in roundtables and workshops about digital publishing, children’s book publishing in Africa, publishing in national and local languages, etc.

This event has been initiated by the Alliance, in partnership with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (Institut de la Francophonie Numérique) and the SDC - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Independent publishers from all over the world in Frankfurt (Germany), 11-15 October 2017

Workshops on solidary publishings partnerships and on freedom of publishing (an initiative of the Alliance), “HotList” (space dedicated to independent publishing in Latin America, an initiative of the Spanish-language network of the Alliance), meetings on publishing in the Francophone space (organised by BIEF), Party Time for Indies (an initiative of ODEI and IPG, in collaboration with the Fair)… Bibliodiversity will be there, with independent publishers from all over the world !

Click on the book to discover the HotList 2017 of the Latin American publishers in Frankfurt !

See below the publishers in Frankfurt and the activities of the Alliance... as well 3 focus proposed at this occasion !

Eight Persian-language publishers meet in Paris, June 22 - 24, 2011

Pays de parution : Allemagne, Danemark, États-Unis, France, Iran, Pays-Bas, Suède

Through its partnership with the Prince Claus Foundation, the Alliance gathers Persian-language publishers of the diaspora (Germany, Denmark, United States, France, Netherlands and Sweden) for an unprecedented meeting in Paris, from 22 to 24 June 2011. We hope this meeting would allow publishers to create both humane and professional bonds, ease the way to develop projects collectively and finally to reunite.

The report of this meeting is available in English and Persian. Please, write us to receive a copy.

The International Bibliodiversity Day, 21 September 2011

Pays de parution : Afrique du Sud, Australie, Espagne, France, Inde, Turquie

Since 2010, the International Bibliodiversity Day (B Day) is celebrated on 21 September (Spring Day in the Southern hemisphere) by independent publishers. On the programme this year :

  • in Spain, in Tenerife, the African Book Fair 2011, taking place from 21 to 25 September 2011, will host the publisher members of the Alliance at round tables and meetings, and will provide a platform for the Alliance to officially launch B Day (see programme below) ;
  • in France, a workshop on bibliodiversity will bring together some representatives of the book industry’s professional associations (booksellers, librarians, publishers) ;
  • in Latin America, national publishers collectives are mobilising and will be facilitating numerous activities, read the blog at eldiab.org ;
  • consult the Wikipedia article on “bibliodiversity”, available in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English ;
  • in Australia, the artist Judy Horacek draws bibliodiversity ;
  • in Turkey, the painter Emine Bora illustrates biblodiversity ;
  • in India, the artist Alpana Khare represents bibliodiversity ;
  • in South Africa, bibliodiversity is interpreted by a designer - see the illustrations below !

And what’s happening in your part of the world ? Tell us about your activities !

Watch the B Day 2011 video !

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The bibliodiversity in India, by the artist Alpana Khare

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The bibliodiversity in South Africa !

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The bibliodiversity in Turkey, by the artist Emine Bora

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The bibliodiversity in drawing, by the Australian artist Judy Horacek

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The Alliance at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011

Pays de parution : Allemagne

The independent publishers will meet again in Frankfurt this year. Please feel free to meet them directly at their exhibition stands or contact the Alliance for any additional information.

On another note, a session not to be missed is the public presentation of the study on digital publishing in developing countries, a study coordinated by the Alliance in partnership with the Prince Claus Foundation, on Thursday 13 October 2011 between 12h00 and 13h00 at the Dialogue Forum (Hall 5.1 / A962). Octavio KULESZ (from Teseo Editorial, Argentina, author of the study), Gabriela ADAMO (Director of the Buenos Aires Book Fair), Bridget IMPEY (from Jacana Media, South Africa) and Mariana WARTH (from Pallas Editora, Brazil) will be participating in this session.

The freedom to publish is always in danger in Canada

Pays de parution : Canada

Following the call for solidarity with Ecosociété coordinated by the Alliance in 2008, we sent you the conclusions of the « case Noir Canada » with Barrick Gold (as you will see in the attached press release).

Indeed, in order to put an end to the proceedings that Barrick Gold (mining company) instituted against it in April 2008 for the sum of 6 million dollars, Ecosociété and the authors of Noir Canada decided to cease the publication of the book.

However this important title is still part of Ecosociété backlist - and we know it will go on being read, through the copies which have been bought since 2008, notably by libraries.

In front of this censorship act, and the pressure put by compagnies on a independent publishing house, we would like to praise the pugnacity of the publishers and the authors during these last three years.

The struggle against censorship is still topical, and the Alliance goes on supporting every action that Ecosociété will do in favor of freedom to publish.

The Alliance at the Seine-Saint-Denis Youth Press and Book Fair (France), November 30 - December 5, 2011 – stand J-11

Pays de parution : France

The Alliance will welcome you, from the 30th of November to the 5th of December 2011, to its collective stand, « Readings from Abroad : Africa, Americas, Oceania », J-11, in the Seine-Saint-Denis Youth Press and Book Fair International Space. We invite you to meet and discover works from 10 African, Brazilian and French publishers represented at the stand “Readings from Abroad” : Alif publishers (Tunisia), Bakamé (Rwanda), Donniya (Mali), Ganndal (Republic of Guinea), Jacana (South Africa), Jeunes malgaches (Madagascar), Pallas (Brasil), Ruisseaux d’Afrique (Benin), Vents d’ailleurs (France) and Yomad (Morocco).

Click here to discover and order some youth literature the whole year through, and to consult the collective catalogue “Readings from Africa(s)”.

In the margins of the Fair, the Alliance organises meetings between African publishers and French librarians and also with associations and structures involved in the book trade – see programme below for more details !
Through the School of Youth Literature, the Alliance also proposes a training day on youth publishing in French-speaking Africa on Friday the 2nd of December.
More information can be obtained on the website of the Fair.

Meetings on e-publishing in the Arab world, Tunis, May 12 - 15, 2011

Pays de parution : Tunisie

Some 17 publishers from Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Egypt but also from France, Côte d’Ivoire and Argentina will meet in Tunis from 12 to 14 May 2011 to discuss e-publishing in the Arab world. Further to the meetings organised in Ouagadougou in December 2010 in partnership with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the Alliance continues to debate on the opportunities of e-publishing for independent publishers and for bibliodiversity. Through the theoretical sessions and practical workshops, publishers will have a chance tackle and explore e-publishing issues in the Arab world, particularly given the topicality and the role – sometimes crucial – of the Internet and the new media in the Arab revolutions.

The study on e-publishing in developing countries, conducted by Octavio KULESZ and coordinated by the Alliance, enabled through the support of Prince Claus, will be presented on Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 4.00 pm at the Hotel Les Ambassadeurs (Tunis). This is an event not to be missed !

Download the « Lectures d’Afrique(s) » catalogue : books for young people published in Africa and Brazil

Rooted in African daily life, in the streets of Bamako and Conakry, in the fishing port of Cotonou, on Tunisian soil, or redolent of Afro-Brazilian heritage, the 281 tales, documentaries, albums and novels that make up the catalogue are just waiting to be discovered. Books by nine independent publishing houses from Africa (South Africa, Benin, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, the Republic of Guinea, Rwanda, Tunisia) and from Brazil are now available in France, Belgium and Switzerland ! If you would like to diversify your stock, read in Bambara, in Arabic, in English, in Portuguese, in Kinyarwanda, in Malagasy, in French, if you are simply looking for some escapism … the solution is here … just turn the pages !

The Alliance distributes all the books contained in the catalogue in France, Belgium and Switzerland. To order, go to page 83 of the catalogue.

The « Lectures d’Afrique(s) » catalogue was developped with the support of the Ile-de-France Region.

The two prizewinners 2010 of the « Terres solidaires » collection !

On Monday, 6 December 2010, following hours of online discussions among the 9 members of the Reading Committee of the “Terres solidaires” collection (“United Lands”), the 2010 prizewinners of the collection were announced : « Trop de soleil tue l’amour », by Mongo BETI and « Mandela et moi », by Lewis NKOSI !
These two new joint co-publications will be launched in Africa in February 2011.

The Alliance expresses its warmest thanks to the members of the Reading Committee (see the list below) for their involvement and their enthusiastic discussions !

• Agnès ADJAHO (former manager of the Notre Dame bookshop, Bénin) ;

• Élisabeth DALDOUL (Elyzad Publishing, Tunisia) ;

• Boubacar Boris DIOP (writer, Senegal - Tunisia) ;

• Emmanuel DONGALA (writer, Congo- United States) ;

• Mariame GBA (librarian, Côte d’Ivoire) ;

• Sofiane HADJADJ (Barzakh Publishing, Algeria) ;

• Jean-Claude NABA (Sankoka & Gurli Publishing, Burkina Faso) ;

• François NKEME (Ifrikiya Publishing, Cameroon) ;

• The book club of Oujda High School (Morocco).

Barzakh Publishing wins the Prince Claus Award

Pays de parution : Algérie, Pays-Bas

In 2010, the Prince Claus Foundation awards a prize to a publisher member of the Alliance. Indeed, the prestigious Prince Claus Award will next December pay tribute to Algeria’s Barzakh Publishing “for the way it gives concrete expression to Algerian voices, for having opened up a very necessary space for critical debates on Algerian realities, for having built a bridge between the different languages and cultures, and for having creatively dispelled the threat of the country’s cultural isolation”.

The Alliance expresses its warmest and most sincere congratulations to Selma Hellal, Sofiane Hadjadj and the whole team at Barzakh Publishing.

International Bibliodiversity Day, 21 September 2010

From 2010 International Bibliodiversity Day will be celebrated in several Latin American countries on 21 September each year. This day is deeply symbolic, representing Spring Day in the Southern hemisphere, in particular ; spring with its connotations of pleasant weather, diversity, contrasting colours, vigour, flowers in bloom, transitions, love, perfume, and new beginnings.

Even though this is an international day, it was important to note that this initiative originated in the South - in Latin America – and that it bears a concrete signicance. Indeed, in defending and promoting bibliodiversity, Latin American publishers reaffirm the necessity of rebalancing the direction in which books and ideas circulate and of achieving movement in other directions, from South to North, but also from South to South.

Watch the EldíaB 2010 videos !

More information on Bibliodiversity Day Blog : http://eldiab.org/

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Conclusions of the Arabic-language network (Tunis, April 2010)

Pays de parution : Tunisie

Back from Tunis, where the Arabic-language network meeting was held, the Alliance publishes the first outcomes of this meeting. Here you will find the network’s translation and joint co-publishing projects, the next steps towards the development of the Arabic-language network, the creation of specialised training, etc.

Afrilivres : restructuration

The Afrilivres Association elected – during its Extraordinary Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 via an online forum – a new Committee. For the Alliance, the results of this AGM constitute the beginning of a restructuration of the Pan-African Association. The communiqué issued jointly by the two associations calls on institutions and all friends of Afrilivres to express their renewed confidence.

For more information : www.afrilivres.net

Haiti, let’s mobilise for the long haul

Pays de parution : Haïti

The International Alliance of Independent Publishers calls on all international solidarity organisations to mobilise in Haiti. The Alliance will do do its outmost to support Haitian book professionals in the long-term, particularly librarians, publishers and booksellers, by joining forces with existing and future stakeholders in Haiti.


The importance of culture should be considered in the reconstruction process. In the Haïtian context, where symbolism has a special place, reinventing Haïti also involves supporting the arts and culture, particularly books and authors that promote the people’s complex and fascinating identity. A people cut off from its culture is a dead people
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Rodney Saint-Éloi, author and publisher member of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers

Meeting of the Alliance Portuguese-speaking network in Lisbon, September 27 – October 1, 2012

Pays de parution : Portugal

After Paris in 2007, and Rio de Janeiro in 2009, the publishers from Brasil, Angola and Guinea-Bissau are gathering in Lisbon. The event will be the opportunity to assess the network activities since 2009 ; to define a roadmap for the next years ; to remind the stakes for independent publishing and bibliodiversity in the Portuguese-speaking area ; to think about digital publishing and to share some experiences in this field… Beyond the internal meetings, the publishers will take also this opportunity to meet some Portuguese publishers and to consider fair partnerships between different continents (copublishing projects, copyrights transfer, etc.).

The Alliance thanks the French Institute of Portugal (IFP), the Portuguese association of publishers and bookshops (ANEL), and the bookshop Ferin for their warming welcome and their availability.

The B-day is coming ! (September 21)

On September 21 will be celebrated the International Day of Bibliodiversity. Since 2010, each year, some actions are organized in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, to promote independent publishing and bibliodiversity : bookcrossing, meetings, book picnics, posters.

You are more than welcome to participate to the events this year in Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Algeria, Italia... and in many other countries !


Here the video B Day 2012 !

All the actions will be soon be on the Alliance website and on the Alliance facebook page.

You can also follow the B-Day on twitter, in Spanish : @diadelab.

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This year, the logo of the Day B also exists in Italian

On 21 September 2012, let’s celebrate B Day !

Follow on an hourly basis the activities held on B Day 2012 on the B Day Facebook page, on the eldiab blog and on the Facebook page of the Alliance.

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The Arabic network to the SILA in Algeria_interview_September 2012

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The Arabic network to the SILA in Algeria_September 2012

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Posters campaign of the Colombian publishers collective REIC

Meeting of the International Committee of independent publishers in Paris, October 4-6th, 2012

Pays de parution : France

The International Committee of Independent publishers will gather in Paris from 4th to 6th for the yearly meeting with the Alliance Board members. This year, some Alliance partners are invited on the first day, to think about the next International Assembly of independent publishing which will take place in 2013 and 2014. The meeting will be also the opportunity to make a report of the language networks activities since the last Committee meeting in June 2011, to talk about the Digital Lab, about governance issues…

The Alliance warmly thanks the Centre national du livre for welcoming the meeting on October 4th and 5th.

Spanish-language publishers meeting at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) (Mexico), 24-28 November 2012

Pays de parution : Mexique

From 24 to 28 November 2012, the publishers from the Spanish-language network will meet in Mexico, in the margins of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL). During this meeting, the Spanish network coordinator, Juan Carlos SÁEZ, will discuss the decisions taken at the ICIP Meeting (International Committee of Independent Publishers) in October 2012. Thereafter, the publishers will present a report on the state of bibliodiversity in their country since 2007 (progresses, obstacles, how does digital publishing shape independent publishing, how publishers collectives operate, what are the Alliance’s priority areas for the years to come). The publishers will then work in small groups on specific themes (copublishing, digital publishing, public policies...), to develop a network action plan for the next two years and prepare the Alliance’s 3rd International Meeting of the Independent Publishers.

Publishers will also participate to the Otra Mirada Forum, jointly organised by the FIL and the Librerías Cálamo.

Finally, on 28 November 2012, at 13h00, the Alliance will facilitate a roundtable in partnership with the FIL on “Changes in the book industry : the challenges of bibliodiversity. We look forward to seeing you are the Fair (salón José Luis Martínez), to participate in this discussion !

*The meeting of the Spanish-language network marks the launch of preparatory meetings towards the Alliance’s 3rd International Meeting (which will continue in 2013 in the various countries). The summary of these workshops will be drafted in 2014, during the Assembly of Allies.

International Assembly of Independent Publishers (2013-2014), to promote and strenghten bibliodiversity

The International Assembly of Independent Publishers is starting now, with the beginning of 2013 ! Gathering publishers from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and North America, the Assembly will happen first, in 2013, with a series of preparatory and thematic workshops, and then in 2014 with an Assembly of Allies (general meeting) in Cape Town (South Africa).

A unique intercultural and multilingual event in favor of bibliodiversity, to follow on the Alliance website and facebook page !

For more information, contact the Alliance team.

Books donation : rethinking the system

Pays de parution : France

Preparatory and thematic workshop of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers

Although several debates and discussions on book donations were held, very few considered, complementary to the essential point of view of librarians’ professional collectives, the point of view of publishers and booksellers.
This workshop, facilitated in the context of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers, therefore has 3 main objectives :

To question existing practices and the impact of the “donation chain” on the “book chain”, from the perspective of local librarians, publishers and booksellers ;

To question, promote and “complete”, if applicable, existing benchmark tools (amongst others, the Book Donation Charter developed by the Culture and Development Association, in partnership with several structures and institutions) ;

To propose realistic and sustainable alternatives to “classic” book donations, enabling us, hopefully, to enrich and built on current practices, through the input of local professionals.

The Alliance wishes to express its gratitude to the Ile-de-France Region for its support and trust and BULAC (Languages and civilisation University Library) for hosting us.

Read more about this worshop and about the International Assembly.

The Alliance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, 9-13 October 2013

Pays de parution : Allemagne

The Alliance team is inviting you at the stand hall 5.0, number D111 – a collective stand shared with the Alliance members – to learn about the association, meet independent publishers and familiarise yourself with their outputs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to book an appointment with the Alliance team and/or a publisher member of the Alliance.

The presence of the Alliance in Frankfurt does not end there : from October 13 to 15, and in partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Fondation de France and the Centre national du livre, the Alliance will facilitate the 6th workshop of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers, under the theme “Diffusion of human and social sciences works : What innovative strategies to get what you want ?”. This workshop will convene 15 independent publishers from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. For more information on the 2013-2014 Assembly, click here.

Bibliodiversity in action in Guadalajara

Pays de parution : Mexique

From 24 to 28 November 2012, the publishers from the Spanish-language network met in Mexico, in the margins of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL). During this meeting, the Spanish network coordinator, Juan Carlos SÁEZ, discussed the decisions taken at the ICIP Meeting (International Committee of Independent Publishers) in October 2012. Thereafter, the publishers presented a report on the state of bibliodiversity in their country since 2007 (progresses, obstacles, how does digital publishing shape independent publishing, how publishers collectives operate, what are the Alliance’s priority areas for the years to come). The publishers then worked in small groups on specific themes (co-publishing, digital publishing, public policies...), to develop a network action plan for the next two years and prepare the Assembly 2013 and 2014 of the Alliance.

Publishers also participated to the Otra Mirada Forum, jointly organised by the FIL and the Librerías Cálamo.

Finally, on 28 November 2012, at 13h00, the Alliance facilitated a roundtable in partnership with the FIL on “Changes in the book industry : the challenges of bibliodiversity”.

The report of this workshop is underway.

African Youth Literature : What visibility on the international market ? - 23 to 27 March 2013, Bologna Youth Book Fair (Italy) – hall 29, stand C/57

Pays de parution : Italie

Preparatory and thematic meeting of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers

In partnership with the Bologna Youth Book Fair, the Alliance convenes eight African publishers in Bologna from the 23rd to the 27th of March 2013.

How can we reconcile publishing on two levels simultaneously, addressing both the local readership and a potential international one ? During the preparatory meeting held on 23rd and 24th March, publishers will share their experiences on the international level and will discuss design and production publishing standards relative to youth books. A literary agent will also participate to support publishers in their reflexions and facilitate a think-tank on publishing and commercial strategies that could be developed to reach greater visibility on international markets. One of the objectives of the workshop is to formulate recommendations and develop an advocacy document to enable the presence of publishers from the South in book fairs. Finally, this meeting will be the occasion of a project fair that could lead to translation proposals, transfers of rights and co publishing projects.

On site from 25th to 27 March at the Africa collective stand (hall 29, stand C/57), publishers are looking forward to welcome you !

The Alliance warmly acknowledges the support of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Fondation de France, Centre national du livre and the Institut français of Madagascar, essential to the implementation of this workshop.

Read more about this workshop and about the International Assembly.

Fair Trade book : A real issue for tomorrow / Co-publishing, rights transfers and other solidarity publishing partnerships

Pays de parution : Burkina Faso

Co-publishing projects, which are at the centre of the Alliance’s activities and reflexions since its beginnings, promote a better diffusion of works and ideas, while providing an opportunity for cost sharing between publishers. These professional partnerships, based on trust and collective work methods, also represent a mutual exchange of knowledge that promotes an increased professionalization of publishers.

After 10 years of practices and experiences, a report is in order : how many solidarity co-publishing projects were launched in a decade, and in how many countries ? What are the financial implications of these projects ?

To punctuate this workshop with concrete examples, the “Terres solidaires” collection (pan-African solidarity co-publishing) serves as a pilot case study, but other projects developed in or outside of the Alliance will feed into the discussion. Participants will reflect on ways of developing new partnerships while strengthening these projects’ collective dimension. It will also propose some strategies to facilitate cooperation with regards to copyrights transfers (North-South, and mainly South-North and South-South) and will consider the digital data.

From these exchanges, participants will develop a “good editorial practices” guide. This guide could lead to the drafting of a charter that would accompany the Alliance’s Fair Trade Book logo.

To deepen discussions and enable practical exchanges between language networks, Guido INDIJ (Director of la marca editora publishing in Argentina) will discuss the reflections and projects led in the Spanish-language network over the years in terms of publishing partnerships.

Finally, and since most co-publishing and translation projects come from encounter between people, a considerable amount of time will be dedicated to a project fair. This “mini Frankfurt” will provide the opportunity for publishers to propose works for copyrights transfers or co-publishing to their colleagues. These projects could be supported (logistically, legally or financially) by the Alliance in the near future.

The publishers’ presence in Ouagadougou will provide an opportunity to facilitate, in partnership with the Joseph Ki-Zerbo Foundation and Sankofa & Gurli Publishers, the launch of the last solidarity co-publishing project entitled “À quand l’Afrique ? Joseph KI-ZERBO’s interview with René HOLENSTEIN”, a launch that will close the workshop on June 17 2013.

This workshop is supported by the “Organisation internationale de la Francophonie” and the “Centre national du livre”.

Diffusion of human and social sciences books : What innovative strategies to succeed ?

Pays de parution : Allemagne

For independent publishers, the diffusion and distribution of “difficult” books such as human sciences books often present a challenge. These books have problems finding their readership in a book market characterized by editorial overproduction, a strong concentration of publishing businesses, points of sales and distribution structures.

To valorize a production less mainstream, some publishers adopt original distribution and promotion strategies by bringing on board associative actors, new digital actors, or by setting up partnerships with universities. These isolated initiatives are however not well known from most publishers.

This is why, in the spirit of solidarity driving the Alliance, publishers want to share experiences and knowledge by addressing these issues during a workshop. In order to promote a better circulation of human and social sciences texts, books presentations will also be organized to enable the creation of translation and copublishing projects between publishers of the Alliance. Some of these projects could then be financially supported by the Alliance.

This workshop is organized in partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair, and with the support of the Fondation de France, the Centre national du Livre and the Goethe-Institut in South Africa.

Digital publishing : What issues for bibliodiversity in the Arab-speaking world ?

Following the digital publishing meeting organised by the Alliance in Tunis in 2011, several Arabic publishers members of the Alliance started producing and commercialising ePub files. These recent experiments have revealed several obstacles faced in the Arab world : Arabic font particularities, challenges to commercialise publications in online sales platform, etc. Arab-speaking publishers have therefore wished to hold a workshop to discuss these issues and mutualise, as far as possible, tools and techniques.

This workshop will allow Arab-speaking publishers to receive practical training for ePub development, while trying to bring solutions to the problems linked to the digital conversion of Arabic texts. While Arabic digital content is currently sparse, it seems essential to promote the digitalisation of traditional publishers, guardians of bibliodiversity in the Arabic-speaking space.
In this context, publishers will formulate recommendations to facilitate the digitalisation of files and promote a better distribution and dissemination of digital publications in the Arab world. These proposals will be diffused at the level of public authorities but also at international standard entities such as the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).

The Alliance’s Digital Lab will share Arabic-speaking publishers’ experiences and support their project in the medium term.

Following the workshop, 3 May, from 11:00 to 12:00, do not miss the public speech on “Words and money”, a book by André Schiffrin translated and co-published by the Arabic-language network of the Alliance. More information here !

This workshop is organized in partnership with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and supported by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (Direction de la Francophonie numérique) and the Prince Claus Fund.

What are you doing on September 21st, International Day of Bibliodiversity ?

Independent publishers are inviting you to celebrate the 4th edition of the B Day, International Day of Bibliodiversity !
In Argentina, Cameroon, Chile, Guiney Conakry, Madagascar, Peru… and elsewhere, independent publishers, booksellers, and readers, will bring publishing diversity alive.

Follow the activities of the 2013 B Day here and find out here the 2013 B Day video !

Do not forget to send us information regarding the initiatives that will be taking place in your country on B Day, so we can diffuse it !

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European collectives and International Committee of independent publishers meeting, Paris, 15-17 October 2016

Representatives from 6 European collectives (Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia and Switzerland) will meet in Paris, at the invitation of the International Committee of independent publishers (ICIP). The main objectives of this meeting are to share knowledge, discuss business issues, plan partnerships, and build the foundations for future exchanges. This is only the first step towards strengthening an independent publishing open to the world, and guaranteeing bibliodiversity.
A part of this meeting will focus on the governance of the Alliance, as well as an assessment of the Bibliodiversity Observatory, some few months after its creation in July 2016.

Local and national languages : What opportunities for publishing in Africa ? - 11 to 14 June 2013, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Pays de parution : Burkina Faso

Preparatory and thematic workshop of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers

8 African publishers publishing in national languages and representing Burkinabe NGOs will meet in Ouagadougou in June for the 4th workshop of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers.
Through sharing experiences amongst fellow publishers and inputs from various actors, the workshop’s issues include :
* raising public authorities’ awareness on the development of learning in national languages ;
* drafting practical proposals addressed to organisations working for the advancement of local languages ;
* formulating recommendations addressed to book professionals and advocating the creation of a local languages book fair and the development of African languages publishing projects.

The Alliance thanks the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for its support.

Read more about this workshop and about the International Assembly.

Fair Trade book : A real issue for tomorrow / Co-publishing, rights transfers and other solidarity publishing partnerships - 14 to 17 June 2013, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Pays de parution : Burkina Faso

Preparatory and thematic workshop of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers

16 publishers from Africa, Europe and Latin America will convene in Burkina Faso for this 5th International Assembly workshop.
Drawing from a report on publishing partnerships compiled by the Alliance over the past 10 years, the publishers’ objectives are to :
*implement new solidarity publishing projects ;
*develop a guide/charter of good publishing practices to accompany the “Fair Trade book” logo ;
*strengthen and establish inter-professional partnerships.

This workshop will conclude with the launch of the last solidarity co-publishing project : « À quand l’Afrique ? » Joseph KI-ZERBO’s interview with René HOLENSTEIN – on June 17 at the National Archives of Ouagadougou.

The Alliance warmly thanks the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the Centre national du livre for their valuable support in facilitating this meeting.

Read more about this workshop and about the International Assembly.

Diffusion of human and social sciences books : What innovative strategies to succeed ?, 13 - 15 October 2013, Frankfurt (Germany)

After Guadalajara in November 2012, Paris and Bologna in March 2013 and Ouagadougou in June 2013, the sixth workshop of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers will be held in Frankfurt, from 13 to 15 October 2013, on the issue of “Diffusion of human and social sciences books : what innovative strategies ?”.

15 publishers from Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa will share experiences and knowledge in order to question the solutions offered by digital possibilities for the diffusion of their books, to share some tools, and to develop translation and co-publishing projects.

This workshop is organized in partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair, and with the support of the Fondation de France, the Centre national du livre and the Goethe-Institut in South Africa.

You can follow the International Assembly of Independent Publishers here !

Publishers will also be present throughout the Frankfurt Book Fair (from 9 to 13 October) on their respective stand and / or the stand of the International Alliance of independent publishers (hall 5.0 D111)

The International Committee of independent publishers in Paris, 17-19 October 2013

Pays de parution : France

The International Committee of independent publishers (ICIP) will gather in Paris from the 17th to the 19th October, at the BULAC (University Library of the languages and the civilizations), for its annual meeting. What’s on for these days : publishers presentations and analysis of the first conclusions (tools and recommendations) of the workshops of the International Assembly of the independent publishers ; preparation of the general meeting which will close the Assembly in Cape Town in September 2014.

André Schiffrin, the Alliance has lost a fellow traveller

André Schiffrin, great independent publishing figure, passed away on this Sunday 1st December 2013 in Paris. His work and his analysis (“L’édition sans éditeurs”, “Le contrôle de la parole”…) took an essential part in the creation of the Alliance, back in the 2000s.
After running Pantheon Books (United States) during a long time, André Schiffrin left the Random House group to create in the early 90s the not-for-profit publishing house The New Press, member of the Alliance.
André Schiffrin wrote several fundamental books on independent publishing stakes, translated into many languages –as “Words and money”, the last one, copublished in the Alliance Arabic-language network by Al Intishar (Lebanon), Med Ali (Tunisia) and Atlas Publishing (Syria).

In the current context of the International Assembly of independent publishers, and remembering André Schiffrin had taken part in the Paris Assembly in 2007, the Alliance has lost a fellow traveller –his memory and his reflections will keep on being with us. Independent publishers from all over the world are paying him a tribute here.

In 2014, the International Assembly of independent Publishers !

Pays de parution : Afrique du Sud

After the first six preparatory and thematic workshops that were held from November 2012 to December 2013, the seventh and last workshop of the Assembly will take place from 30th April to 2nd May in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. This workshop will gather 15 publishers and digital experts around the topic : “Digital publishing : What issues for bibliodiversity in the Arab-speaking world ?”. More information to come soon !

From 17th to 22nd September, the Cape Town meeting (South Africa) will conclude the International Assembly of independent publishers. More than 50 independent publishers from 40 countries will meet in Cape Town for an intercultural and interlinguistic event in favor of bibliodiversity.
The Assembly is organized in partnership with the Open Book festival.

For more information, get in touch with the Alliance team and download the document below.

Lilian THURAM’s Mes étoiles noires in Africa, Haiti and Madagascar !

Twelve publishers based in Africa, Haiti and Madagascar are collectively publishing Lilian THURAM’s “Mes étoiles noires”, initially published by Philippe Rey (2010). As from April 2014, you will find this publication in Algeria (Barzakh), Benin (Ruisseaux d’Afrique), Burkina Faso (Sankofa & Gurli), Cameroun (Presses universitaires d’Afrique), Côte d’Ivoire (EDILIS), Guiney Conakry (Ganndal), Haiti (Mémoire d’encrier), Madagascar (Jeunes malgaches), Morocco (Tarik), Mali (Jamana), Senegal (Éditions Papyrus Afrique), and in Togo (Graines de Pensées).

Lilian THURAM will visit Africa and Haiti to promote “Mes étoiles noires” :
• From 21 to 25 April 2014 in Guiney Conakry, during the event 72 heures du livre (through the support of the French Institute of Conakry)
• From 25 to 27 April 2014 in Benin (through the support of the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation)
• From 5 to 9 May 2014 in Haiti (details to be confirmed)
• On 19 July 2014 in Senegal (details to be confirmed)

This solidarity co-publishing “Fair Trade book” project is coordinated and supported by the Alliance, and benefited from the support of the Lilian Thuram Foundation – Education against racism and its partners, CASDEN and MGEN.

For more information on this co-publishing project, click here.

Digital publishing : what issues for bibliodiversity in the Arabic-speaking world ? The 7th workshop of the International Assembly of independent publishers at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair

Pays de parution : Émirats arabes unis

The 7th workshop of the International Assembly of independent publishers will be held from 30 April to 2 May 2014 in Abu Dhabi, through a partnership with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and the support of the International Organisation of the Francophonie and the Prince Claus Fund. It will convene 15 publishers and digital publishing experts from the Arab world and Argentina, with the common objective of :
• Helping publishers to overcome technical challenges encountered during the creation of ePub files in Arabic ;
• Discussing digital distribution platforms used in the Arab world ;
• Sharing experiences on online promotion and e-marketing ;
• Drafting recommendations to facilitate traditional publishers’ transition towards digital publishing and secure a better diffusion for digital publications in the Arab world.

All proposals and recommendations from this workshop will be communicated to public and standardisation authorities, and will be available on the Alliance’s Digital Lab.

Following the workshop, 3 May, from 11:00 to 12:00, do not miss the public speech on “Words and money”, a book by André Schiffrin translated and co-published by the Arabic-language network of the Alliance. More information here !

For more information on this workshop and on the International Assembly of independent publishers : assises@alliance-editeurs.org
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International Bibliodiversity Day (B Day), 21 September 2014 !

As every year on 21 September, exciting activities (book crossing, readings, meetings, etc.) will be held on the occasion of International Bibliodiversity Day (B Day).
This year, we plan to make a lot of noise –rallying new individuals, groups and organisations from all over the world.

Working together in a network, going in the same direction, and with more determination than ever before.


This year, let’s go further !
Are you coming along ?

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Postcard of B Day 2014 (in Italian)

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Postcard of B Day 2014 (in Arabic)

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Postcard of B Day 2014 (in Portuguese)

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Postcard of B Day 2014 (in Spanish)

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Postcard of B Day 2014 (in French)

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Postcard of B Day 2014, to spread around !

What new book donation practices in Africa ?, IFLA Congress, Lyon (France), 16-22 August 2014

At the 80th IFLA Congress (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), from 16 to 22 August 2014 in Lyon (France), the International Alliance of independent publishers will present a paper on “What new book donation practices can meet the needs of young African readers in libraries ?”
This analysis on book donation practices and their impact both on the readers and book industry in French-speaking Africa, is written by Marie Michèle RAZAFINTSALAMA (éditions Jeunes malgaches, Madagascar) and the Alliance team. She is continuing the research and advocacy work begun a number of years ago by a group of publisher-members of the Alliance on book donation challenges for bibliodiversity. This paper is an extension to the workshop on book donations held in March 2013 in Paris (International Assembly of independent publishers).

To read the paper “What new book donation practices can meet the needs of young African readers in libraries ?” (IFLA 2014), see here.

The International Assembly of Independent Publishers - closing meeting in Cape Town (South Africa), 18-21 September 2014

Pays de parution : Afrique du Sud

62 independent publishers from 38 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe are gathering in Cape Town (South Africa) from 18 to 21 September for a unique inter-linguistic and inter-cultural meeting on bibliodiversity ! Booksellers, librarians, academics, authors and players in the digital arena are also associated with this event.
Held under the patronage of UNESCO, the Cape Town meeting closes the International Assembly of Independent Publishers, consisting of 7 preparatory workshops between 2012 and 2014.

Alternating between plenary meetings that are open to the public and thematic workshops, the publishers gathered at the Cape Town meeting will propose recommendations and concrete tools for bibliodiversity addressed to public authorities, institutions and professional collectives. To ensure continuity between the preparatory workshops and the Assembly’s closing meeting, thematic working groups have been actively preparing the Cape Town meetings for months.

Round tables and discussions organised in partnership with the Open Book Festival will also be held on 20 and 21 September to celebrate the International Bibliodiversity Day in Cape Town.

Finally, the International Committee of Independent Publishers (ICIP) is meeting on 22 September to take stock of these four days, and to work on implementing the new directions and projects of the Alliance in the years to come.


We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Cape Town in a few weeks !

To participate in the Cape Town meeting and/or to receive the recommendations resulting from the International Assembly of Independent Publishers, write to the team of the Alliance : equipe@alliance-editeurs.org

The Cape Town meeting takes place in three languages (English, French and Spanish). The entire programme (presentations in plenary, choice of thematic workshops, round tables with the Open Book Festival) was put together collectively by the participants. Moreover, the publishers also helped raise the funds necessary to hold this meeting, which could not have been achieved without the cooperation of our local partners (Jacana Media, French Institute of South Africa, Alliance française, Open Book Festival, Modjaji Books, National Library of South Africa and Goethe Institut).

International Bibliodiversity Day (B Day), 21 September 2014 !

On 21 September, celebrate the B Day, in Argentina, in Chile, in Colombia, in Peru, in South Africa (with the Open Book Festival), at home, here or elsewhere...

Follow the B Day here !
Contact the team of the Alliance to spread your activities !

The video of B Day is here !

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What can I do on B Day ? Here the answer !

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How can I participate on B Day ? Here the answer !

International Declaration of Independent Publishers 2014

During the closing meeting of the International Assembly of Independent Publishers (Cape Town, South Africa, 18-21 September 2014), 400 independent publishers from 45 countries signed the International Declaration of Independent Publishers 2014.
Collectively drafted in three languages, on 20 September 2014, the Declaration 2014 is available in several languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Farsi, Italian, etc.).

Do not hesitate to share the Declaration, to promote and strengthen bibliodiversity with us !

Tools and recommendations from the International Assembly of Independent Publishers (on digital publishing, public book policies, independent publishing houses’ economic models, youth literature, national and local languages publishing, solidarity publishing partnerships and “Fair Trade Book”, book donations) will be available before the end of 2014 by the Alliance.

“Terres solidaires”, Léonora Miano and Hubert Haddad, 2015 winners !

On 23 October this year, the “Terres solidaires” reading Committee selected the next two titles to be published in the collection.

As every year, the committee, composed of book professionals and mediators in Africa, held a continent-wide virtual meeting. After several hours of exchanges and discussions it is, once again, two great African literature novels that were selected : Léonora Miano’s La saison de l’ombre (initially published by Grasset publishers in 2013, 2013 Fémina prize winner) and Hubert Haddad’s Palestine (initially published by Zulma publishers in 2007, 2008 Cinq Continents prize winner). These two novels will be available in Africa in 2015 and 2016 respectively, at a price adapted to local readers’ purchasing power, through an African publisher collective that will copublish these books.

Click here for more information on the other 9 titles published in the “Terres solidaires” collection, as well as on the collection’s publishers and countries where books are distributed.

The Alliance wishes to thank and acknowledge the exceptional work of the reading committee members :
• Saïd AFOULOUS (journalist, Morocco)
• Layla CHAOUNI (Le Fennec publishing, Morocco)
• Élisabeth DALDOUL (elyzad publishing, Tunisia)
• Yasmin ISSAKA-COUBAGEAT (Graines de Pensées publishing, Togo)
• Ludovic KIBORA (journalist, Burkina-Faso)
• Rachid MOKHTARI (journalist, Algeria)
• Jean-Claude NABA (Sankofa & Gurli publishing, Burkina Faso)
• François NKEME (Ifrikiya publishing, Cameroun)
• Serge POUTH (journalist, Cameroun)
• Felwine SARR (teacher, researcher and bookseller, Senegal)


Since its creation, “Terres solidaires” collection is supported by the International Orgainsation of the Francophonie.

We, independent publishers, are Charlie

The world (of ideas) is wounded

After the attack this Wednesday, January 7th 2015 against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the 400 publishers of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers offer their most afflicted condolences with friends and family of the victims.

Today more than ever, solidarity is essential —we think about the journalists, cartoonists and publishers from all around the world who risk their lives for freedom of expression. We also hope that these attacks will not serve to feed more islamophobia and xenophobia in Europe.

We will continue with determination and conviction, as we have expressed it in the Declarations of Dakar (2003), Paris (2007), and Cape Town (2014), to work with journalists, authors and creators to struggle against any form of suppression of the word, and to foster fair speech.

9 January 2015, 400 independent publishers from 45 countries in the word,
members of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers

The programme of the Alliance in 2015

Solidarity publishing partnerships, collaborative spaces, resource centre, Intercultural and face-to-face meetings... discover the programme of the Alliance in 2015 !

Independent publishers at the Paris Book Fair, 20-23 March 2015

17 independent publishers members of the Alliance will attend the Paris Book Fair, from 20 to 23 March 2015. The Alliance and publishers will also take part in meetings and roundtables… Consult the list of participants and programme through the link below !

And in the margins of the Fair :
Partial meeting of the French-speaking network : 2015 perspectives and discussions on “Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Publishing”
24 March 2015, Centre national du livre (CNL), Paris/ for members of the Alliance only

Meeting with independent publishers or authors from the Maghreb, facilitated in partnership with the Arab and Hebraic World Sorbonne Association (SAMAH)
24 March 2015, 19h00, University of Sorbonne, amphi Guizot (17, de la Sorbonne St - 75005 Paris)

A workshop on the promotion of Francophone African publishers digital lists, Dakar (Senegal), 15-19 June 2015

Pays de parution : Sénégal

17 publishers from West Africa will meet in Dakar for this workshop facilitated by the Digital Lab of the Alliance, and through the support of the International Organization of the Francophonie, in partnership with Wikimedia France, the Afrilivres association and the Senegalese publishers association.
The workshop will include 3 sessions : training on Wikipedia (facilitated by Georges Fodouop and Donatien Foffi, two volunteer members of Wikimedia) ; the promotion of publishers lists on social networks (facilitated by Nicolas Gary, director of publication of the ActuaLitté Website) ; the development of Websites for African publishing houses, based on the Web template developed by the Digital Lab of the Alliance (facilitated by Mouhammed Diop, Senegalese developer).

Autumn news : a celebration, professional meetings, a new website...

A celebration - the 21st September 2015 !
Celebrate bibliodiversity with us on the 21st of September.
For the 5th International Bibliodiversity Day : picnics, debates, readings, books appearing in unusual places... And coming soon, a video !
Write to us for more information, or to tell us about events going on in your country !

MICA and the Alliance’s Spanish-speaking publishers meeting (Argentina), 2-6 September 2015
In parallel with MICA (Argentina’s cultural industry trade show), 16 Argentinian publishers from Bolivia, Chilli, Colombia, Spain, the Canary Islands, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay will get together in Buenos Aires thanks to support from MICA, the Argentinian Book Chamber and Argentinian members of the Alliance. On the agenda : the implementation of the 80 recommendations promoting bibliodiversity in Latin America and Spain, the creation of a map of Latin America’s public policies...
The publishers will also participate in MICA events : copyright exchanges, co-publishing days, round-table discussions about the concentration of publishing and bibliodiversity...
The program for the Spanish-speaking publishers meeting will be available on the Alliance’s site soon. More information about MICA here !

The International Committee of Independent Publishers meeting - ICIP (Paris) 9-11 October 2015
The ICIP is made up of 6 representatives of the Alliance’s linguistic networks and will meet in Paris for 3 days : the governance of the Alliance, a report and implementation of the recommendations and project resulting from the International Assembly of Independent Publishers, meetings between Alliance partners, freedom of expression and publishing, copyright in Europe and the rest of the world... a busy program !
The CIEI program will be available on the Alliance site soon.

A new website !
A new design, new functions and an improved « Resource Center » : Discover the new Alliance website in November 2015 !

The Alliance will be closed from the 10th to 21st August. We wish you a great August in the meantime !

Digital workshop in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), 23-27 May 2016 – during the Abidjan Book Fair (26-28 May)

Through the support of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and the partnership established with the Ivorian publishers association (Assedi), the Alliance’s Digital Lab will convene 18 publishers from Sub-Saharan Africa from 23 to 27 May, to a workshop focusing on :
* the production and marketing of digital books (session facilitated by Gilles Colleu, Vents d’ailleurs, France) ;
* management of the Alliance Press web template developed by the Alliance for publishers who do not have websites (session facilitated by Mouhammed Diop, Senegalese developer and designer of Alliance Press).

The workshop follows on the series of meetings/training workshops designed and implemented by the Alliance since 2010, and is aimed at publishers in particular from French-speaking Africa. In order to share knowledge and encourage ownership, all workshops and meetings of the Alliance are complemented by factsheets published on the Digital Lab website, and personalised online tutorials.

The workshop will be held at the occasion of the Abidjan Book Fair (26-28 May, Palais de la Culture), and will provide the opportunity for publishers to share the collective stand of the Afrilivres association. The Afrilivres Prize will be awarded on that occasion, in the presence of the recipient of the 2015 prize : Valesse publishers from Ivory Coast.

International Bibliodiversity Day, 21 September 2016

Bibliodiversity… it is the daily life of independent publishers, what drives them. Why make it a special day, then ? To celebrate Spring Day in the Southern Hemisphere, for books to occupy public spaces, to share, connect, exchange, discuss, and have fun… Because diversity of ideas is essential to the construction of democratic societies, because independent publishers are its actors, together with authors, translators, illustrators, booksellers, librarians…

This year, some planned festivities and activities include :
In Quebec, Mémoire d’encrier publishers, in partnership with the Maison de la Syrie (‘the House of Syria’), facilitate a Quebec-Syria literary meeting
In Syria, Atlas Publishing convene booksellers and publishers in the heart of Damas
In Chile, EDIN collective will distribute a list of independent publishers’ works in the country’s main libraries ; filmed activities will be held throughout the day
In Colombia, public spaces (parks, public places) will be animated by publishers from the REIC collective
In Italy, the independent publishers members of the FIDARE get themself heard through a call
In Spain, the ministry of Culture is launching a campaign in favor of bibliodiversity
In Peru, the collective of independent publishers EIP is organizing an Independent Book Fair, from 23 to 25 September, to follow on facebook
In Argentina, the collective of independent publisers EDINAR is planning bookcrossing, literary meetings...

Follow all the activities on the Alliance website and social media.

And have a look on the official B Day 2016 video !

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The independent publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 !

From October, 19th to 23rd, meet the independent publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair : more than 25 publishing houses from all around the world will be there !

You can find the publishers’ contact on the attached document. Do not wait to make an appointment !

Let’s celebrate bibliodiversity on 21st September 2015 !

Preparations for the 5th edition of the International Bibliodiversity Day are underway all around the world.
The B Day video is available, to be widely distributed around you ! You will also find ready-to-use posters here, that you simply need to download and use ! Activities and meetings are planned in Mexico, Argentina, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Italy

Follow B Day activities on this blog and on Facebook. And find out what is happening in your country and/or city !

Frankfurt Book Fair (Germany), 14-18 October 2015

Again this year, independent publishers will be in Frankfurt. To contact and meet them during the Fair, consult the document below !

Not to be missed, Thursday, 15 October, from 13h to 14h, Hall 3.1 (Weltempfang)
“Independent feminist publishing across borders – a dialogue between 4 feminist publishers from 3 continents” – a round table organised by the Alliance, in partnership with Litprom and the Fair – with Renate Klein (Spinifex Press, Australia), Susan Hawthorne (Spinifex Press, Australia), Colleen Higgs (Modjaji Books, South Africa) and Müge Gürsoy Sökmen (Metis Publishers, Turkey). Facilitated by Juan Carlos Sáez (JC Sáez Editor, Chile).

Meeting of the International Committee of independent publishers - ICIP- (Paris), 9-11 October 2015

ICIP, composed of 6 representatives from the Alliance’s language networks, will meet in Paris. To be discussed in this 3-day meeting : impact of the International Assembly of international publishers, and way forward ; freedom of speech and publishing ; copyrights in Europe and around the world ; meeting with partners of the Alliance (Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer, UNESCO, Relais Culture Europe, Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, Ile-de-France region, Centre national du livre, AILF, SGDL…).

Children’s books’ graphic design and illustrations – Africa-Europe perspectives, Paris, 29-30 November 2015

In the margins of the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse de Seine-Saint-Denis (2-7 December 2015), the Alliance convenes, through the support of the Centre national du livre (CNL), twelve independent children’s book publishers from Africa and Europe (Benin, France, Madagascar, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Togo). During this two-day workshop, publishers will share their experiences and knowledge of the strategies developed in terms of graphic design and illustration choices within their publishing house, which will be an occasion to address evolutions and innovations in the field of children’s books (new graphic design and digital techniques, etc.).

African Languages Book Fair – SAELLA, Bamako, 20-23 January 2016

Organised by Afrilivres Association, through the support of its partners and the support of OMEL (Malian book publishers organisation), the first edition of the African languages Fair will convene professionals, academics, institutions, NGOs, and the general public for 3 days of discussions, sharing, exhibition, and sale of books in African languages. An unprecedented and unique event, not to be missed !

Primaverinha dos livros, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 21 and 22 May 2016

The Brazilian publishers collective LIBRE will host, on 21 and 22 May, the 3rd edition of the Book Fair for independent publishers focusing on children’s books. Gathering 40 independent publishers, this event takes place at Tom Jobin Theater, at the Botanical Garden’s area.
On this occasion, and through the support of the Alliance, Portuguese publisher Carla Oliveira (Orfeu Negro) will go to Brazil to share her experience with Brazilian publishers, and strengthen solidary partnerships between Portugal and Brazil. Read more information here.

Workshop “Creation and graphic design in children’s book publishing”, Paris, 27-29 November 2016

Few days before the Seine-Saint-Denis children’s Book Fair in Montreuil (30 November-5 December 2016), twelve children’s book publishers and graphic designers from Benin, Brazil, France, Madagascar, Morocco, Portugal, and Togo will gather for a workshop on creation and graphic design in children’s book publishing. Through knowledge sharing, the participants will work on their on-going projects, tackling issues like text/images layout, pictures processing, specificity of bilingual books, tones and colours tones on books cover...

The workshop aims at :

  • opening new horizons, discovering new approaches, not being stuck with some frames and norms ;
  • questioning knowledge and professional practices of the publishers and of the graphic designers ;
  • collectively finding resources and solutions to solve some obstacles ;
  • sharing some existing (or to-be-created) tools ;
  • reinforcing professional partnerships between African, Brazilian and European publishers.

This workshop follows the workshop organized in November 2015 (Graphic design in children’s book publishing - Africa/Europe perspectives). It is supported by the Centre national du livre, the French Institute of Brazil, and the French Institute of Madagascar. All participants agreed to volunteer their services – we thank them once again.

The Alliance wishes you a new year 2017 in the colors of bibliodiversity !

A teasing for coming activities :

Bibliodiversity Observatory
*Online Resources : mapping on public Book policies in Latin America and in the Arab world…
* Research and innovations : a renovated Digital Lab ; study on digital print in French-speaking Africa ;
* Advocacy : study on freedom of publishing ; professional meeting on public Book policies in the Arab world and in Europe, in partnership with Tunis Book Fair.

Workshops and thematic meetings
* Know-how and experiences exchanges between peers about digital publishing, non-fiction publishing, economic models…
* Sharing information and collaborations between organisations from different sectors about independence, about governance, about social and solidarity economy…
* Spaces dedicated to rights transfer : sells, exchanges, even barter between independent actors
* Collective stands on international book fairs : Frankfurt, but also “alternative” book fairs…

Fair publishing partnerships
*Publication of two books in the collection “Terres solidaires” : Palestine, written by Hubert Haddad, and Ceux qui sortent dans la nuit, written by Mutt-Lon
*Translation into Spanish and German of Bibliodiversity, A Manifesto for Independent Publishing, written by Susan Hawthorne
* Being Feminist Today, collective book
* Co-publishing in Spanish of Manual de edición. Guía para tiempos revueltos, written by Manuel Gil and Martín Gómez, originally published by CERLALC

Indie Book Day, 18 March 2017

Next March 18th, it is the « Indie Book Day » !
You are invited to go in an independent bookshop, to buy a book published by an independent publisher, and to post a picture of the book, or you with the book, on the social networks, with the hashtag #indiebookday.

The Indie Book Day was created by German independent publishers ; today, independent collectives in Italy (ODEI), in UK (IPG) are organizing the Indie Book Day. Tomorrow, the Indie Book Day could exist in your country !

More information here.
Facebook.

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The Indies at Livre Paris 2017 (France), 24-27 March 2017

Meetings not to be missed, more than 15 publisher members of the Alliance in 9 countries ! More information to be coming here.

* Friday 24 March, 10.00 - 12.00 - BIEF stand (U18)
B2B : copyright transfers in the French-speaking countries / meetings between publishers from sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti, and French publishers – facilitated by the Alliance, in partnership with BIEF

* Monday 27 March, 9.00 - 16.00 - SNE Forum (U14)
« Creation, partnerships and promotion : developing opportunitides for French-speaking publishing » / 3 round tables (children books, literature and human and social sciences) in the presence of Francophone publishers – facilitated by BIEF, in collaboration with the Alliance

* Tuesday 28 March, 9.30 - 13.00 - Centre national du livre
Meeting of publishers from the French-language network of the Alliance / On the agenda : exchanges about the study of digital printing hub in West Africa done by Gilles Colleu (Vents d’ailleurs, France) : presentation of the study on French publishing industry and its social and environmental impacts, conducted by the Bureau for the Appraisal of Social Impacts for Citizen information (BASIC).

Public book policies in the Arab world and viewpoints of Chile and France / Tunis Book Fair (Tunisia), 24 March – 2 April 2017

In partnership with the Tunis Book Fair and the Union of Tunisian Publishers, and thanks to the support of the Fondation de France and the French Institutes of Tunis and Beirut, the Alliance will organise a day focusing on public book policies in the Arab world, on Thursday 30 March. Publishers from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia will present a panorama of public book policies in their respective countries : Chilean and French publishers will speak on what is being implemented in their countries – a dialogue and exchange between professionals and public authorities, between continents, between cultures.

This day was initiated in the context of the Bibliodiversity Observatory and the mapping work of public book policies in Latin America and in the Arab world, on-going at the Observatory.

Assembly of Swiss and Francophone publishers at the Geneva Book and Press Fair (Switzerland), 26 and 27 April 2017

For the 3rd year in a row, the Assembly of Swiss and Francophone publishers will be held during the Geneva Book Fair. Taking the opportunity of having several Swiss and francophone publishers’ representatives, these meetings will be held over two days : the first day will examine the issues of book exportation and circulation in the Francophone space, while the second will focus on the issue of who will take over the publishing profession in Switzerland. New in 2017, practical workshops in small groups will be offered to participants. These three workshops are organised through the support of the Alliance :

  • Editorial partnerships : an alternative to exportation
  • Communication strategies : how to sell and promote Francophone literature ?
  • Exportation of books : what are the challenges ? Pricing, regulations, tariff barriers and censorship.

Information and accreditation here.

Uncensored Teheran Book Fair, 2-14 May, Europe and North America

16 Iranian publishers from the diaspora organize from May 2nd to May 14th, in the same time than the Teheran Book Fair (May 3rd-13th) the “Uncensored Teheran Book Fair”.
This Book Fair will occur successively in 9 European and North American cities :

  • 2-3 May : London
  • 5-6 May : Stockholm
  • 9-10 May : Paris
  • 11-12 May : Cologne
  • 12-14 May : Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam
  • then in Toronto and Los Angeles

This event represents a way for the Iranian publishers to have “their” book fair, to show and sell some books that are forbidden in Iran.

Find all details (in Farsi) on the website www.uncensoredBook.com and on the social networks through the hashtag #UncensoredBook. And for any other details, do not hesitate to contact the publishing house Naakojaa, who has initiated the Book Fair.

The International Alliance of independent publishers supports this touring book fair, as part of the activities in favour of freedom of publishing. If you are interested by publishing in Farsi, we also recommend you to have a look on Publishing in Persian language, study realised by the Alliance in 2015.

From Frankfurt to Conakry, via Paris and Togo… overview of the Alliance’s activities for the second semester 2017 !

Workshops, exchanges and knowledge sharing

  • In situ training on e-publishing of illustrated and interactive books, in Lomé (Togo), 10-14 July 2017 : two Togolese publishing houses member of the Alliance benefited from personalised support in the context of a training facilitated by Gilles Colleu (Vents d’ailleurs publishing house, France). A programme of the Alliance’s Digital Lab, supported by the International Organisation of the Francophonie.
  • Meetings of the European collectives in Paris (France), 19 and 20 July 2017 : 4 European collectives (Kurt Wolff Stiftung in Germany, Contrabandos in Spain, ODEI in Italy, IPG in the United Kingdom) and the Alliance met to strengthen their relationships, and find ways of collaborating, exchange tools and experiences…
  • Conakry, UNESCO’s world book capital (Guinea Conakry), 23-29 November 2017 : Ganndal publishing facilitate, during Conakry’s Children’s Book Fair, a colloquium on African children’s books, and a focus on African languages publishing… The Alliance will participate to this event by organising a workshop on digital publishing in African languages.

Book Fairs

  • Frankfurt Book Fair (Germany), 11-15 October 2017 : workshop on fair publishing partnerships and workshop on freedom of publishing (an initiative of the Alliance), “hot list” (space dedicated to independent publishing, an initiative of the Spanish-language network of the Alliance), meetings on publishing in the Francophone space in the context of the invitation to “Frankfurt in French”, Party Time for Indies (an initiative of ODEI and IPG, in collaboration with the Fair)… Bibliodiversity will be there, with independent publishers from all over the world !
  • Salon de L’Autre Livre in Paris (France), 17-19 November 2017 : several publishers member of the Alliance will participate to this edition, an opportunity to share and have a roundtable on independent publishing on the international level (Tunisia, Iran…).

Celebrations

  • International Bibliodiversity Day, 21 September 2017, throughout the world ! Readings, book crossing and piñatas in the public space, meetings, picnic, posters, and postcards : all ideas are welcome to participate to this day. Of course, do not forget to support independent bookshops and other relevant networks to reach as many readers as possible ! See activities of the previous year here : blog el dia B and the Alliance’s website.

Bibliodiversity Observatory

Governance

International Bibliodiversity Day, 21 September 2017

Readings, book releases and piñatas in the public space, meetings, picnic, posters, and postcards : all ideas are welcome to participate to this day.
In Perou ; en Colombia ; en Argentina...

* 36 stories unveiling the names of independent publishing houses from all around the world
* 36 catchphrases by publishers on bibliodiversity
* Because behind the books… there are (also) publishing houses, publishers…
* Because on 21 September, they celebrate the International Day of Bibliodiversity !

See the activities of the B Day on the blog el dia B, on Facebook and Twitter.

Here the video of the B Day, made by the Latin American publishers !

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Meeting of the International Committee of independent publishers (ICIP), Paris (France), 7-9 October 2017

The 9 coordinators and vice-coordinators of the Alliance’s 6 language networks, the Board and the Alliance team gather for the ICIP, an essential annual meeting in the governance of the association. On the agenda : public book policies in West Africa, Latin America and in the Arab world ; the Europe and the Alliance ; strategy and governance ; the Alliance of tomorrow...

HotList 2017 from the Latin American independent publishers !

WHY A HOTLIST ?

In 2009, together with the members of EDINAR (Argentinean Alliance of independent publishers), we decided to launch a promotion strategy, following the “Young independent Germans” : a HotList.

Against the tendentious ranking of the most sold out books published in the newspapers, every member of the collective had to choose one book among her/his new books -the one that she or he saw as the most outstanding, for whatever reason. With all EDINAR publishers, we thus formed a list, promoted at the same time by a group of booksellers from Buenos Aires who arranged a special table dedicated to this list in their bookshops during one month.

In 2010, Argentina was Guest country of Frankfurt Book Fair and the Argentinean National Book Chamber had a spacious booth with a strong presence of local publishing, which did not include many independent publishers. However, the Hotlist had an outstanding exhibition space in this Fair : thanks to a German colleague, curious publisher, philoanarchist, employed by the Fair, we got a well-situated booth and the possibility to exhibit our HotList.

Because a lot of Latin-American publishers cannot travel every year to Frankfurt, we have reminded this adventure and decided to implement it again this year, extended to Spanish-speaking publishers from Latin America, in order to give a better visibility to the vibrant Latin-American independent publishing, in the biggest commercial Book Fair of the World.

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This HotList presents a selection of about 40 books published in Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile… exhibited in the “Reading Island for Independent Publishers” (Pavilion 4.1) of the Frankfurt Book Fair, thanks to the cooperation of the Kurt Wolff Stiftung, group of German independent publishers.

We hope you will appreciate !

Guido Indij
Argentinean publisher, coordinator of the Spanish-speaking network of the International Alliance of independent publishers

Workshop on digital publishing and African languages in Conakry (Guinea Conakry), 20-23 November 2017

After Ouagadougou, Tunis, Dakar, Abidjan ... it is in Conakry – UNESCO World Book Capital in 2017 – that will be held the next digital workshop of the Alliance, bringing together more than 15 publishers from West Africa, Central Africa and Madagascar. This workshop, facilitated by publishers and typographers, will explore digital tools to solve the typographical problems encountered in the production of books in local languages.

This workshop is supported by the International Organization of the Francophonie and is held thanks to the partnership with Ganndal publishers, a member of the Alliance in Guinea Conakry.

Ganndal publishing, who are celebrating their 25th year in 2017, are also organizing several activities during this period, to be held at the Centre culturel franco-guinéen. Publishers participating in the workshop will participate to some of these events, and will speak at the symposium on children’s literature in Africa :
• Colloquium on children’s literature in Africa : 22 to 23 November
• Children Book Fair : from 23 to 26 November
• Colloquium on the challenges related to the promotion and distributing of books in African languages : 27 and 28 November

Overview of the activities and programme here.

7th Summit of Spanish-speaking national collectives and Alliance’s Spanish-speaking publishers meeting (MICA, Argentina), 3-7 September 2015

In parallel with MICA (Argentina’s cultural industry trade show), 20 Argentinian publishers from Bolivia, Chilli, Colombia, Spain, the Canary Islands, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay will get together in Buenos Aires thanks to support from MICA, the Argentinian Book Chamber and Argentinian members of the Alliance. On the agenda : the implementation of the 80 recommendations promoting bibliodiversity in Latin America and Spain, the creation of a map of Latin America’s public policies...
The publishers will also participate in MICA events : copyright exchanges, co-publishing days, round-table discussions about the concentration of publishing and bibliodiversity...

11 publishers from Australia, South Africa, Bulgaria, the United States, India, Iran, the United Kingdom, Syria, and Turkey meeting in Istanbul (Turkey), 11-14 June 2015

Pays de parution : Afrique du Sud, Arménie, Australie, Bulgarie, États-Unis, Inde, Iran, Royaume-Uni, Syrie, Turquie

Publisher members of the English-speaking network of the Alliance will meet with European, Iranian and Syrian colleagues, to discuss the following issues :
Situation analysis of the publishing landscape in the various countries ;
⁃ Strengthened mutual knowledge of participating independent publishers lists ;
⁃ Setting up of publishing projects between publishers from the different countries ;
⁃ Exchanges and discussions on digital publishing and freedom of publishing within publishing houses.

This meeting is facilitated through the support of Metis Publishers (Turkey), with the participation of the Chamber of Mechanical Engineers, the Turkish Publishers Association, the Hrant Dink Foundation, and UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature.

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