- Relations with Public Enterprises
Turkish Publishers Association, in relation with the publishing-related public enterprises, works for solving sectoral problems and the improvement of the sector, provides its suggestions to relevant institutions, and plays an active role in the shaping of cultural policies by being involved in the legislation amendment processes with its opinions and concrete suggestions. Our Association took part in the organization of the 6th National Publishing Congress held on 10-11 May 2018 with the participation of all relevant institutions and people from among the Ministries and the industry and follows up all decisions taken at the Congress.
- Publishing Assemblies
Turkish Publishers Association also organizes various national and international publishing-related events. Since 2004, every other year, the Association organizes the Turkey Publishing Assembly where industry stakeholders with expertise in different fields come together with the purpose to discuss problems of the publishing world in detail to produce solutions using common sense.
- Publishing Training Programs
Our Association’s training programs of Introduction to Publishing, Editorial in Publishing and Sales and Marketing in Publishing continue periodically. In the programs organized within the body of our Association, translators along with executives from publishing houses and copyright agencies also contribute to the lectures by sharing their knowledge and experience.
- Freedom of Thought and Expression Award and the Freedom to Publish Report
The Association is making an effort in removing the barriers against freedom to publish, which is an important part of freedom of thought and expression. In this regard, every year since 1995, the Association organizes a ceremony to give awards of Freedom of Thought and Expression to those who have not hesitated to express and publish their ideas freely and who have paved the way for free publishing. Along with the award, the Association also publishes a Freedom to Publish Report every year, which compiles news and data on freedom to publish. This report is translated into English and sent to all relevant institutions, particularly EU.
Turkish Publishers Association is a member of:
- International Publishers Association – IPA
- EDItEUR, coordinating development of e-commerce infrastructure standards in books, e-books and periodicals
- EURead, working on reading culture in the European continent
The Association plays an active role in the international arena and follows closely the developments in the publishing industry by taking place in the working groups of these organizations.
Our Association benefits from different grant schemes by developing sectoral and rights-based projects and contributes to the sector:
- On the Way to Freedom to Publish
Supported within the “Civil Society Dialogue Between EU and Turkey CSD III Program” between October 2014 and October 2015, the project was executed in partnership with the Swedish Publishers Association, with the support of the International Publishers Association, IPSBianet and TÜYAP. yayinlamaozgurlugu.org
- Professions in Publishing
The 15-month long project, realized between February 2016 and May 2017, was executed within the “Civil Society Dialogue between EU and Turkey CSD IV Program” in partnership with the United Kingdom Publishers Association, with the support of the Federation of European Publishers, German vocational education institution mediacampus Frankfurt and the Norwegian Publishers Association. meslegimizyayincilik.com
- Platform on Disseminating the Reading Culture
Platform on Disseminating the Reading Culture (OKUYAY Platform) which began its operations on 15 January 2019, has been established under the leadership of the Turkish Publishers Association who earned the right to grant within the “Grant Scheme for Partnerships and Networks” carried out by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs. OKUYAY Platform which will realize its works in partnership with Turkish Librarians Association (TKD), Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), Kadıköy Municipality and Kingston University (UK) will conduct pilot implementations to spread reading culture by bringing together children, parents, teachers, public institutions, libraries and civil society from all around Turkey with publishing stakeholders. It is envisaged that the “Supporting Guide to Improve Reading Culture” to be prepared at the end of the project will be an important reference guide in the field. okuyayplatformu.com
- National and International Book Fairs Organized Domestically
Our Association takes part in the organization of major book fairs organized domestically where cultural diversity is well regarded and the International Istanbul Book Fair and brings together its member publishers with hundreds of thousands of readers by taking on the role of consultancy in the structuring of these fairs.
- International Book Fairs Organized Abroad
Our Association has been taking place since 1999 in the organization of Turkey’s national participation at the International Frankfurt Book Fair. Also, since 2007, our Association is an active member of the Turkey National Fairs Committee who carries out the participation, representation and organization details of the other book fairs where the Ministry of Culture and Tourism provides national attendance. It is provided for our publishers to have rights meetings at the publisher booths of the national stands at the Frankfurt, London and Bologna Book Fairs which are important for the sector with continuous participation, and to exhibit their books at the Turkey National Stand.