Announcing Definitive Programme of the Copyright Symposium
Amsterdam World Book Capital is pleased to announce the definitive programme of the Internationale Copyright Symposium on 21 and 22 April 2008. The Copyright Symposium is the first event in the context of the year-long Amsterdam World Book Capital programme, which officially opens on 23 April 2008. Internationally respected speakers share their views on the role of copyright in the age of the internet and far-reaching digitization. This is an area that concerns everyone involved in the publishing profession. Make sure you register soon for the International Copyright Symposium on 21 and 22 April 2008, using the online registration form.

Call for Nominations IPA Freedom to Publish Prize
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has issued a call for nominations for the 2008 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize.

The Diary of Anne Frank wins Audio Book Prize
The Dutch language audio CD of Anne Frank’s Het Achterhuis (The Diary of a Young Girl) has been awarded the Dutch Prize for Best Audio Book 2007. In awarding the prize, the jury noted that the book’s narration by the Dutch actress Carice van Houten (whose recent roles include leading lady in Paul Verhoeven’s film Black Book) brings “Anne Frank back to life”. Anne Frank is one of the icons of Amsterdam

The board of the bookpublishers of the Dutch Publishers Association (GAU) decided to sponsor the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize in connection with Amsterdam World Book Capital. The prize will be presented at the opening ceremony of the international seminar on censorship on 18 September 2008 in Amsterdam.

The Dutch audio CD “The Diary of a Young Girl -Anne Frank” is nominated for the Dutch Prize for Best Audio CD 2007.

Princess Laurentien visited Manuscripta. Princess Laurentien visited the stand of Amsterdam World Book Capital at Manuscripta (3th September 2008). The Princess spoke with director Lidy klein Gunnewiek about Amsterdam World Book Capital. On the background CPNB director Henk Kraima (behind the Princess) and deputy-director Paul Mosterd. The CPNB organised the bookfair Manuscripta.

In the weekend of 25-26th of August you could have visited us at the Uitmarkt. The Uitmarkt is the start of cultural season in Amsterdam and runs from 24-26 of August 2007. You could have visited The Amsterdam Bookmarket on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00-18.00 hours. Our stand (nr 1) was at the start of the bookmarket at the Piet Heinkade (Oostelijk Havengebied).

Amsterdam World Book Capital was present at the opening of the new Amsterdam Public Library at 07.07.’ 07.

In September 2008, the 2008 IPA Freedom Prize will be presented by the President of the International Publishers’ Association (IPA), at the international symposium on (self-)censorship that is being held in the Dutch capital as part of Amsterdam World Book Capital 2008. This was announced at the presentation of the 2007 IPA Freedom Prize to the Zimbabwean publisher Trevor Ncube at the opening ceremony of the second International Cape Town Book Fair, which runs from 16 to 19 June.