The International Publishing Association (IPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have initiated a world publishing survey, which will deliver the first-ever detailed map of the publishing industry in a broad-reaching and comprehensive yearly statistical report.

For this new report, WIPO will begin by distributing a questionnaire across its network of 189 Member States, while the IPA will connect its 70 members to the WIPO survey team. It will also consult WIPO on optimizing the statistical collection process.

According to IPA President Michiel Kolman, only incomplete market data is currently freely available, but “this new joint undertaking will address that shortfall by providing an authoritative annual atlas that can be a vital strategic tool for the publishing industry and related sectors.”