Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association

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1. Coronavirus Worklife: In Tbilisi, Publishers Make Urgent Appeal to Government for Help

May 4, 2020

Predicting a loss of US$3.8 million by the end of this month, the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association issues a list of nine urgent requests to the government.

Follow the link to find the article by Publishing Perspectives: 


2. Meeting House: Gvantsa Jobava

January 10, 2020

Publishing Consultant Emma House Interviews Gvantsa Jobava for

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3. Tbilisi confirmed as World Book Capital 2021

November 12, 2019

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay confirmed the Georgian Capital will follow this Sharjah, UAE and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as UNESCO World Book Capital 2021.Around the slogan Ok. So your next book is…? the city's principal objective is to popularize reading and increase accessibility to books throughout society.

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4. Tbilisi Named UNESCO’s World Book Capital for 2021

October 7, 2019

Less than a year after its turn as Guest of Honor Georgia at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Tbilisi has been named UNESCO’s 2021 World Book Capital, and will have the honor handed over by Kuala Lumpur. 

Follow the link for the article by Publishing Perspectives 


5. What comes after Frankfurt? Paris!

October 4, 2019

The year following the appearance as guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair is known as a difficult one. What are the strategies of Georgian publishers for 2019?

Follow the link to find the article by Georgian Journal 


6. Why Georgia’s publishing industry is a ‘paradise for gender equality’

February 15, 2019

While gender equality continues to be a topic of heated discussion throughout emerging Europe, with some countries in the region performing better than others, the publishing sector in Georgia one of those leading the way forward.

Follow the link to find the article by Emerging Europe 


7. IPA delegation visits Georgia for the book fair and other meetings

June 4, 2019 

A high-level IPA delegation, consisting of President Hugo Setzer, Secretary General José Borghino and the Chair of the Educational Publishers Forum (EPF), Wilmar Diepgrond, visited Tbilisi, Georgia, from 29 May to 2 June, to attend the Tbilisi International Book Fair, among other activities.

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8. Finland in Georgia: Tbilisi International Book Fair Has a Nordic Focus Country

May 20, 2019

The 21st annual Tbilisi International Book Fair’s focus country is Finland, and the International Publishers Association will help open the event on May 30.

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9. Gvantsa Jobava on Guest of Honor Georgia at Frankfurt Book Fair

October 1, 2018

‘Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, we have essentially risen from the dead, and only 25 years later, here we are.’ Frankfurt’s Guest of Honor, Georgia, says Gvantsa Jobava in her interview with the Publishing Perspectives.

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10. IPA Prepares a Mission to Georgia, Where Publishers Are ‘Heading to Annihilation’

March 24,  2017

Tbilisi’s textbook industry is in crisis because of what the International Publishers Association calls Georgia’s ‘self-defeating’ government policy. Some publishers already are out of business.

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11. Publishing in Georgia: IPA country report 

July 17, 2015

Georgia's independent publishing sector is very young, dating from the Soviet Union's collapse in the 1990s. The industry developed very quickly, which generated both positive and negative effects.

Find the analysis of the state of publishing in Georgia today, revealing how government interference is crippling the textbook sector at the link: 


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