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The International Publishers Association Academy will launch next week, on Monday 7 March 2022. The IPA Academy, made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Sharjah Book Authority, will launch with a series of IPA Talks and in-depth courses from three prestigious partners. All training materials on the IPA Academy will be available for free to IPA members and their members.

IPA President, Bodour Al Qasimi, said: ‘Over the last 2 years, I’ve spoken to over 150 senior publishing industry executives from across the industry value chain – including publishing houses, distributors, authors, educators, book fairs, and literacy and free-expression advocates – in more than 40 countries. A common theme that has featured strongly in these discussions is the need for workforce skill development to adapt to pandemic-driven digital acceleration. The IPA Academy is a response to this need and would be a great benefit for IPA members and the publishers they represent, and I can’t wait for them to start using it. ’

What is the IPA Academy?

The International Publishers Association created the IPA Academy to support publishers and their associations as they adapt to commercial changes catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, success for publishers depends on being comfortable and confident in the digital space, from creating digital books to e-commerce, integrating accessibility into workflows and social media marketing.

To address this need, the IPA Academy offers a range of learning resources in the fields that matter to publishers.

Who can use the IPA Academy?

All IPA Members — and the publishers they represent — can access these materials free of charge.