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The seventh edition of the annual Publishing Next conference was held on 15-17 September 2016 at the Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort, Kochi. Unlike the earlier editions of the conference held in Goa, this year, the three-day Publishing Next was a bigger and better affair, and featured new formats such as masterclasses and specially curated networking sessions.
The 9-day-long fair organised by Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in association with Federation of Indian Publishers was inaugurated by Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan. Over 250 national and international publishers exhibited at the fair.
The Delhi High Court has ruled that photocopying portions of academic publications to make course packs for students does not amount to copyright infringement. The decision came from a need to balance copyright protection with the public interest in ensuring access.
On 24 June 2014, India became the first nation to ratify the Marrakesh treaty. This week, it comes into force. The Marrakesh Treaty addresses the scarcity of books available to visually impaired readers, or to those who are unable to read printed books due to other physical disabilities, by adding a set of mandatory exceptions to the existing copyright law.
Chennai-based start-up Notion Press has raised $1 million in pre-series A funding. Notion Press is a self-publishing platform for Indian writers, which allows them to publish and sell books around the world in both print and eBook form.
The publishing house boasts of over 60 titles today and has experimented with an innovative range of books in a variety of mediums. Through the Karadi Path Education Company, formed in 2012, the company also has a presence in the English language teaching market.
Newgen KnowledgeWorks, a Chennai-based publishing and technical services provider to global publishers, has acquired around 70 per cent stake in Pune's Exult Infosolutions, a company engaged in digital learning solutions, mobility and cloud-based software applications.
Mushrooming digital platforms and content are changing patterns of consumption in India, and the battle to keep up is heating up. A detailed look at digital content companies from newrooms to podcasters.
The recently concluded Ooty Literature Festival (OLF) was part of a plan to put the hill station firmly on the country’s literary scene. Ambai, MT Vasudevan Nair, Vijay Nambisan, Theodore Baskaran, Mansoor Hussain Khan, Arundhathi Subramaniam and Sir Mark Tully were just some of those who participated.
The collection at the Madras Literary Society, founded in 1817, is slowly being restored. Eight months ago, the Madras Literary Society launched its Adopt-a-Book campaign, as part of which a donor could pick an old book of their interest from the library's catalogue and donate money for its restoration.
The first newspaper in India – the Bengal Gazette, popularly called Hicky’s Gazette – was published in 1780. It was a two-pager in foolscap size. From then on, newspapers grew rapidly in number. In 1861, there were eight Hindi and 11 Urdu newspapers. Their total readership was not perhaps more than 150,000.
A short history of the Children's Book Trust (CBT) from the 1960s up till now. The organisation had been set up by Shankar, a famous cartoonist, who encouraged his team of writers to blend fantasy with real-life happenings in children's books.
If you are connected to trade publishing in some capacity, chances are you have heard of Kanishka Gupta. He is the founder of the agency and literary consultancy, Writer’s Side, and the person who popularised literary ‘agenting’ in India. Gupta talks to Dibyajyoti Sarma about the state of Indian trade publishing in transition.
About 40,000 bibliophiles from Madurai and neighbouring districts visited the 11th Madurai Book Fair. Imported books and Tamil braille books were in great demand.
Pearson retains its position as the No. 1 global publisher, though it has had to make some drastic cuts over last year. Also, watch out for China: a quarter of the top 20 global publishers are Chinese.
Over four years, Archer and Jockers fed 5,000 fiction titles into computers and trained them to “read”—to determine where sentences begin and end, to identify parts of speech, to map out plots. They then used so-called machine classification algalgorithms to isolate the features most common in bestsellers. The details of their findings are outlined in their book - The Bestseller Code.
The man who ushered classics like Catch-22 into the world, Gottlieb has reason to brag. But in his new memoir, 'Avid Reader', he prefers to downplay the editor’s role.
Mike Perlis is a fascinating man. He's someone who has moved from publishing to venture capital and back, drawing upon his rich experience to make Forbes one of the best read business publications in the world.
Rupi Kaur's 'Milk and Honey' has sold 450,00 copies to date and continues to move around 30,000 copies per week. The publishers believe that "young women, mostly in that early-20s age group, were responding to this form of expression.” The type of poetry that was resonating with readers is often associated with spoken-word poets or poets publishing online.
When 21-year-old YouTube star Alfie Deyes released his first book, it was No 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller list for 11 weeks. Conservative estimates indicate that at least 4,000 fans descended on Waterstones for the signing. Half an hour before it was due to start, police helicopters and horses had to intervene and the shop was closed.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Adobe are working together to develop a set of variable fonts. These fonts are "designed to respond to various conditions and still look good."
What does the future of publishing hold? Bots? Augmented reality? Beacons? Ambient proximity? These are just a few possibilities. The Future Today Institute has created a free report summarizing key technology trends and what they mean for tomorrow.
Six shortlisted startups are headed to Frankfurt Book Fair, where they're in contention for a 10,000-euro award as part of the ContentShift accelerator. The shortlisted companies range from a platform which allows a reader to switch from paper to digital consumption to an online payment system.
A fantastic story in the New Yorker about a man in prison who found a typo in a Merriam-Webster’s reference book, and which led to a life-changing friendship.
The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against the Hyderabad-based academic journal publisher OMICS Group and two of its subsidiaries, saying the publisher deceives scholars and misrepresents the editorial rigor of its journals.
Amazon.In has announced the launch of a dedicated online Telugu book store with a wide range of over 10,000 Telugu titles. Telugu is the eight Indian language to be included in Amazon.
The company's half-year results revealed that PRH’s global revenues fell 10.7% in the first half of 2015 to €1.5bn (£1.27bn), due to an “expected decline in e-book sales in the United States and UK due in part to new retail sales terms", though print sales were “steady” and audiobook revenues up.
An excellent take on the Great Grammar Debate - are you a prescriptivist or a descriptivist or a bit of both?
Ubisoft has created a new internal division, Ubisoft Publishing, to publish books related to its biggest game franchises. 'Assassin's Creed: Heresy' will be its first novel.