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Book Platform Newsletter: Issue 9

ISSUE 9 OF BOOK PLATFORM NEWSLETTER


In this issue of Book Platform Newsletter:

  • Public Debate on the Results of the Readership Survey was held in Yerevan
  • Results of the Study Publishing and Bookselling in Georgia Now Available
  • Book Platform at the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture in Tbilisi
  • Parliamentary Hearings in Ukraine regarding the Book Market
  • Visiting news: News from LAF - solidarity for Turkey


  Public Debate on the Results of the Readership Survey was held in Yerevan

The public discussion on the Results of a Survey on Readership was held on June 19 in the National Children's Library after Knhko Aper. An audience of around 40 people attended the discussion, among which − representatives of the Ministries of the RA, NGO's, educational institutions, media, sociologists, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other interested in the survey. The event was officially opened by Vahan Khachatryan, Executive Director of the National Publishers' Association and Local Manager of the Book Platform project. The presentation of the results and the discussion were moderated by Davit Muradyan, writer and publicist, and the results of the survey were presented in details by Lilit Avdalyan, sociologist and representative of "Sensei" Marketing Academy, and Ruzan Tonoyan, the expert of the survey. Read more...



  Results of the Study Publishing and Bookselling in Georgia Now Available

The study on "Publishing and Bookselling in Georgia" was commissioned in late 2012 by the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association (GPBA) to local consultants Mr. Giorgi Sabanadze and Ms. Tamara Janashia, who worked under the general guidance of the Book Platform senior expert Rüdiger Wischenbart. The study is based on a survey of thirty-four publishing companies, three distributors and twelve bookstores which agreed to complete a detailed questionnaire on all aspects of the book business in Georgia, which makes it the first-ever attempt to analyze the industry based on direct information provided by stakeholders and on all statistical data that can be found from a wide array of sources. Read more...


  Book Platform at the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture in Tbilisi!

Тhe first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture was launched on June 28 in "Radisson Blue Iveria" Hotel in Tbilisi. The conference was officially opened up by Guram Odisharia, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, and Androulla Vassiliou, the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. As part of the official program, an exposition was organized for the EU granted projects, where all Georgian partners, GPBA among them, participated in the exposition. Book Platform stand was visited by number of conference participants. Ketevan Jakeli, Book Platform local manager, and Nino Kiknadze, the project's local assistant, were happy to respond to questions and speak about the project's objectives, studies results and forthcoming events.
Click on the picture above for more pictures from the event


  Parliamentary Hearings in Ukraine regarding the Book Market

On May 15, 2013 in Kyiv the Parliamentary Hearings titled "The problems of Ukrainian book publishing, bookselling as well as perspectives of support of book reading in Ukraine" took place. The Hearings were organized by Committee for Culture and Spirituality of Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine) and were held at the session hall of the Parliament (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine). Thanks to Book Platform project's support the Hearings were attended by Jens Bammel – the Secretary General of the International Publishers Association, the Geneva based organisation that represents educational, scientific and trade publishers world-wide. It should be noted that for almost 22 years of Ukrainian independence, international expert of such level as Mr. Bammel attended the national event involving parliament and government representatives for the first time. Read more...

 

  Visiting news: News from LAF - solidarity for Turkey

The recent brutal crackdown on peaceful protests in Turkey and subsequent media censorship has alarmed international supporters of freedom of expression. We at LAF along with the English PEN, Culture Action Europe and other cultural organisations have expressed grave concern over situation and joined a worldwide show of solidarity with the protesters. At the Berlin Poesiefestival, directors of poetry festivals and literary events sent a message of solidarity. Many from the world of literature have signed a petition put forward by Turkish writers, and an online project has been set up: Solidarity Park Poetry - a space created by poets for poets from all over the world in support of the protests. You can read the poems or find out how to submit your own poem here. Read more...

One of the pop-up libraries at #OccupyGezi photo via: http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com


 

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