This Fortnight in Publishing (17 April 2017)

The opposite of “anesthetic,” we might recall, is “aesthetic”—a word that originally referred to whatever could be perceived or felt but that came to refer to the nature of beauty. Beauty, in all its myriad forms, can only be created in opposition to numbness. That, at least for me, serves as a quiet manifesto for our times.

- "Love in the Time of Numbness; or. Doctor Checknov, Writer", Siddhartha Mukherjee 


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Hello and welcome to This Fortnight in Publishing!

With the beginning of the new financial year, it has been a few weeks of stock-taking for the industry as a whole. This edition brings you statistics from across the board - from the global state of the internet to the financial performance of the biggest publishing companies to the debate about whether print is coming back. Here are some highlights: 

In short, we buy fewer books, are extremely budget-conscious when it comes to spending on books, and are increasingly relying on social media for news. All of which are causes for concern, and none of which seems to have any foreseeable solutions. Not all is doom and gloom, however; Delhi saw its first poetry biennale - a massive three-day event that showcased 45 poets from across 15 Indian languages. Perhaps a sign that poetry is indeed experiencing a revival in these turbulent times? In addition, publishers and editors can look forward to applying for the Frankfurt Fellowship Programme, The Hindu Prize 2017, or the PEN Translates award. There is a masked vigilante somewhere in Bristol adding apostrophes to banners in the dead of the night. All is not lost. 

As always direct all feedback to chitra@thecleancopy.com.

Have a good week everyone!

Best,

Chitralekha Manohar