Frontlist | Publishers Association Launches Platform For Digital Match MakingFrontlist | Publishers Association Launches Platform For Digital Match Making
on Oct 15, 2020 October usually sees a large swathe of the book industry depart Aotearoa’s shores for the biggest and most prestigious event on the publishing calendar – Germany’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Traveling to large, international book fairs has long been a critical part of selling New Zealand stories to the world. But with publishers, authors, and agents unable to leave the country, and book fairs like Frankfurt increasingly going online, this year has called for an innovative approach. The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), with support from Creative New Zealand and Education New Zealand, is helping local publishers to make the most of Frankfurt’s online offering. Central to this is the creation of a digital rights platform promoting and showcasing New Zealand books across a breadth of publishers’ lists. A printed rights catalog will also be available. Cath Cardiff, Senior Manager, Arts Development Services Creative New Zealand says, “We’re thrilled to work closely with PANZ to tautoko this digital rights platform that recognizes the need to have a hybrid presence at a variety of book fairs. This is just one of the many ways we’re working with PANZ to deliver our international market development program for literature. We’re looking forward to showcasing books from Aotearoa to international publishers in a new way.” Educational publishing is an important part of New Zealand’s international education sector and ENZ is pleased to support PANZ and help create the digital rights platform.
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