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An Open Letter to Members

Monday, July 1, 2013   (0 Comments)
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By Angela Bole, IBPA CEO --

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my first Director’s Desk column as executive director of IBPA!

Angela Bole

I’m delighted to be taking up this new position. Through my previous engagement with the Book Industry Study Group, I had the honor of working with both Jan Nathan and Florrie Binford Kichler. It’s a true privilege to transition to a role that allows me to carry on their longstanding, first-class efforts.

Now the largest book trade association in the United States, IBPA has been leading and serving the independent publishing community for almost 30 years. Throughout this time, the association has amassed an impressive membership filled with people and organizations striving daily to uphold the highest publishing standards; to pursue editorial, design, and production excellence; and, most important, to create viable and sustainable businesses that produce works of lasting value.

These members, in association with an excellent board of directors firmly committed to IBPA’s mission, a highly professional staff, and an array of outstanding partners, assure me that IBPA is well positioned to seize opportunities in the challenging landscape that surrounds us.

Going forward, I hope to develop significant new programs for IBPA members that take advantage of current developments in how content can be created, produced, and sold. I hope, also, to strengthen the current programs so they will reach more members and, therefore, have a greater impact on the industry. And I intend to pay special attention to the always inclusive nature of IBPA membership and to expanding the organization’s commitment to excellence and high standards.

In the meantime, there’s so much to learn. To do so, I will take a page from Ernest Hemingway, who said, “I like to listen. I have learned a lot from listening carefully.” I invite you, the readers of IBPA’s flagship magazine, to consider my door open. Please contact me at to discuss your ideas for strengthening the independent publishing community. There are few things we could do alone that couldn’t be done better together, or, to use Helen Keller’s words, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

More to come!

Director's Desk is a monthly column written by IBPA CEO Angela Bole and originally published in the front pages of IBPA's monthly IBPA Independent magazine. Angela welcomes your public comments below and private comments to her personally at

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