IPA stands for International Publishers Association. They have a report out every year. I’ll try to do a link to the PDF file but if you can’t access it, google IPA annual report. PDF file.
Now why read it?
Well, first it contains some interesting information about publishers. There is one article by Jens Bammel not liking the value of Amazon. It goes on to quickly cover the idea Amazon is not caring enough about books so the customer isn’t getting enough value for the money. I openly disagree with this. I believe customers are bright people who over time will weed through the authors not worthy of their money by Goodreads and other sites. I have enough fair in the customers to not worry about the huge amount of self published authors.
Second, it really gives you a sense the publishing companies are starting to get scared by the recent and upcoming changes to their once powerful hold on the book market. Now it’s the authors along with the customers deciding who gets the big bucks and who gets left in the dust. Publishing companies use to and still do not publish most of the books which land on their door step. Now with Amazon authors don’t have to be controlled or pushed aside for a publishing companies agendas. This means more freedom of speech and less control at a company level.
It leaves me thinking if this isn’t already in place someone needs to start the ISPA. International Self Publishers Association. This would help to defend self publishers rights to publish and promote self publishers around the world.
If anyone has heard of anything like this, please let me know.
Supporting the ISPA in her head for now
Terra Ann Spencer