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Yesterday, September 29, another annual Assembly of the International Publishers Association (IPA), of which the UPBA has been a member since 2011, took place. Two members of the Board participated as delegates on our behalf: Volodymyr Karasyov, director of the "Znanna" publishing house, and Viktor Kruglov, general director of the "Ranok" publishing house.

A number of organizational issues that accumulated during the year were discussed at the Assembly. Among them are the election of members of the IPA committees and the vice president. Our delegates voted for the representative of Georgia, Mrs. Gvantsa JOBAVA, who was elected to this position. After congratulating her on her election, Mrs. Jobava promised to support Ukrainian publishers in the MAV in every possible way.
From what is interesting for us.

The International Publishers  Association has opened a free online school for publishers. Therefore, each of our publishers will now be able to subscribe and watch courses from the academy.

Here is the address: www.ipaacademy.net.

A collective statement was also voted on the importance and necessity of free work of publishing houses for the sake of development. The link to it is below: https://www.internationalpublishers.org/images/aa-content/inspire/inspire-report-a-commitment-to-solidarity.pdf

In addition, it was announced that until October 20, the MAV will organize 3 briefings for members of the Association from Europe, America and Asia with the president of the GS "UAVK" Oleksandr Afonin. At these briefings, issues of concrete assistance to the Ukrainian publishing business from the members of the IAM will be discussed.

In the draft budget for next year, much attention is paid to the security and defense of the country. I fully support this decision. But there is a big spoonful of tar in the program document.

Funding for education and science decreased by approximately 20%. Taking into account inflation, the cost of education will fall in half.

Funding of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy also halved.

Compare two lines from the document - financing of political parties and expenses for maintaining all museums, theaters, libraries, and cultural heritage of Ukraine:
Financing of political parties - UAH 336 million (will remain at the same level as last year);
Ministry of Culture and Information Policy - 7,536 million (the budget was halved).
Culture and the information space were not satisfied again. When will we next ask - why the war, where do the collaborators come from, why is the Ukrainian identity not being formed?

Link to the document https://t.me/yzheleznyak/2437. The information is taken from the TG channel of People's Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak.

Dear colleagues, friends!

Today, among our fellow citizens there are those who are actually waging an information and propaganda war on the side of the enemy, continuing his policy of aggressor and colonizer in Ukraine.

After the start of the war and the cessation of direct deliveries of Russian-made books to Ukraine, they established the illegal production and distribution of counterfeit copies of the works of authors who are citizens of the Russian Federation on the territory of our country, thereby dealing a blow to the political and social stability of Ukrainian society and destroying legal domestic book publishing.

This process should have been put to an end by Law N 7459 "On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding the Establishment of Restrictions on the Import and Distribution of Publishing Products Concerning the Aggressor State, the Republic of Belarus, and the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine", voted by the constitutional majority of the Verkhovna Rada back in June.

However, in violation of the Constitution of Ukraine, this draft law has not yet been signed by the President of Ukraine.

In this regard, I am asking you to sign a petition to the President of Ukraine demanding that he immediately sign Law No. 7459.

https://petition.president.gov.ua/petition/161894

President of UPBA
Oleksandr Afonin

Saturday, 03 September 2022 19:44

The burned bookstore "Knygoland" has been revived

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All books produced in Russia have been withdrawn from sale.

During the rocket-bomb attack, the bookstore in the Retroville shopping center in Kyiv was completely destroyed. Books, cabinets were burned, equipment was completely damaged.

KnygoLand today celebrates the second birth of a bookstore in the same shopping center.

This is already the second restored store in the summer. A month before that, together with Ranok publishing house, "Knygoland" opened in Irpen at the address of Shevchenko St., 2г.

Vesti.ua spoke with specialists in the field about whether books are printed in Ukraine today, to what extent their production has fallen into the war in the country, why book prices are rising and what price tags bookstores will meet us in September. And also about how a single signature of the president can help Ukrainian book producers and about which book with Zelensky on the cover breaks all records.

Oleksandr Afonin, President of the Ukrainian Publishers and Booksellers Association, and Oleksandr Krasovytskyi, General Director of Folio, talk about the state of affairs

https://vesti.ua/uk/kultura-uk/chitayut-besov-oruella-i-zelenskogo-knigoizdateli-o-problemah-otrasli

Wednesday, 17 August 2022 16:26

Why are Ukrainian textbooks dangerous?

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Yesterday in Moscow, during the Army-2022 military-technical forum and international security conference, the military leadership of the Russian Federation demonstrated a mock-up of a Ukrainian classroom with samples of particularly dangerous items - Ukrainian books and textbooks.

It was a pleasure for me and our Educational Literature team of Ranok publishing house to learn what the invaders are afraid of. Therefore, the authors of the History of Ukraine textbook for the 11th grade, Gisem, Martyniuk, can be proud and already working on the next cycle of books.

It is very inspiring that ammunition depots in "Russian" Crimea exploded on the very day of the security conference. There is a possibility that those who read Ukrainian books and create modern History of Ukraine right now helped the explosions.

Professional. But not only for publishers and authors.

1. three events took place recently, which affected the book market in general and specifically the activities of the Folio publishing house, which I have been wanting for 32 years.
It is about the President's failure to sign the law banning the creation of books from the Russian Federation and other measures to support the book market; a significant change in the exchange rate and in general the currency behavior of the state; and the inclusion of Russian missiles in one of Kharkiv's book printers.

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