102 Getting it together at the IPA Gordon Graham Book publishers from forty-two countries got together recently in Buenos Aires. The occasion was the 26th Congress of the International Publish- ers Association, which has been held every four years since 1896. It was different from its predeces- sors in several respects. It was the first Congress held in the southern hemisphere; it elected a Presi- dent who is vigorously dedicated to “true global- ism"; and its deliberations were dominated by the digital threat to copyright. One of the 150 speakers – New York investment banker Keiron E Hylton – was not there. But he did not fail to appear. Finding, as he was about to depart from his base in New York, that he had forgotten to renew his passport, he made his speech on video, and appeared, on time and complete with apology for his disembodied voice, on the same ceiling-high back-projection screen as the corporeally-present speakers. By this manoeuvre, he unwittingly illustrated the question which recurred, in one form or another, in all of the Congress’s eight plenary and twenty parallel sessions: are the electronic modes an enhancement of print-based communication, or will they become a
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