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Nielsen's "The India Book Market Report" has spurred global interest in the country's book publishing industry. But is the Nielsen Report accurate? Vinutha Mallya investigates the problem of data.
School books account for the bulk of the country’s overall book market. In fact, purchases of school books account for some 71% of the market, with higher education books accounting for 22%.
India has the most centres of medical instruction and care for any country, with 579 registered, but only 50% of them published any peer-reviewed research in the last decade.
Juggernaut woos under-30 readers through mobile publishing - mobile wallets, timed releases, shorter texts, and membership models (Netflix for books). Juggernaut may become a distribution platform.
Digital publishing company Juggernaut has launched its Android app - the buying and reading experience are said to be seamless and the interface minimalistic and clean.
Though eBook sales seem to be plateauing (4% in 2015), volumes per title are shrinking in certain segments – particularly trade books. Most publishers are now considering mixed distribution models.
The decision ends one of the publishing industry's defining legal dramas of the digital age - Google is now free to scan every book in existence since courts have ruled it 'fair use' .
Turkish Nobel-winner Orhan Pamuk will compete with pseudonymous Italian Elena Ferrante and Chinese dissident Yan Lianke for prize honouring fiction in translation.
Indian Literature in Translation (ILA) was launched in 2010 with the aim of translating works from the 24+ Indian languages to the 8 languages recognised by the UNESCO, but things fell apart quickly.
Live stream of the The International Literature Forum on Audience Development that took place in Aberystwyth on 15-16 April 2016.
'When you are from semi-democracies you don't have the luxury of being apolitical.' A panel in London addresses publishing in a postcolonial era.
Dehradun is to host its first ever literature festival this month. Over 5000 visitors are expected to attend the festival.
A Dalit Literature festival (6-8 December 2016) is planned for Delhi to mark the 62nd death anniversary of B R Ambedkar. The festival is pegged to be an annual not-for-profit literary initiative.
In 2015, there was almost one attack on an Indian journalist every month, and four were murdered, including at least two in connection to their work. RSF blames PM Modi's indifference.
The services were closed by Apple at the demand of China's media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
There's a new Kindle on the market and though readership is low, device sales is going up, so Amazon is optimistic. In future, Amazon also aims to make Kindle more suitable for children.
LexisNexis, a leading global legal, tax and academic publisher, is "very bullish" on India and is keen on expanding in the country through acquisitions.
An interesting discussion on why being an editor doesn't pay much, and if you read between the lines, tips on how to earn more from your freelance editing business.
In her seventies now, Chettur has run ‘the biggest little bookshop’ in Madras for over forty years now. But now The Taj is throwing her out.
Three interesting facts: MLBD is 113 years old. The family was in the jewelry business before it entered the book business. Exports constitute 50% of sales.
Satabdi Mishra and Akshay Rautaray drive across the country in a bus selling books!
There is a pact between writers and editors. The editor never sells out the writer, never goes public about bad jokes, never reveals the writer's excesses.
If someone has a PhD, should they be adressed as 'Doctor' or 'Professor'? Should there be a comma before 'because'? Find out the answers, and more.
Launching this month, Sahapedia is an open online resource on the arts, cultures, and heritage of India. It has articles, videos, interviews, and image galleries. An excellent source of archives.
Looking for alternative to Google Docs? This might be it.
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