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This Fortnight in Publishing (19 November 2016)

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Media Giant Bertelsmann to Invest $1.1 Billion in China, India, Brazil
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Media Giant Bertelsmann to Invest $1.1 Billion in China, India, Brazil

German media giant Bertelsmann, which owns publishing house Penguin Random House, is to raise its investment in Brazil, India and China from €500 million ($536 million) to €1 billion ($1.07 billion) over the next three to five years.

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What the Amazon acquisition of Westland means
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What the Amazon acquisition of Westland means

Amazon bought Westland at a reported Rs 40 crore only – inclusive of the Rs 9.5 crore paid in February 2016. That translates into a valuation of about two times the revenues. Isn’t that a pittance for a company that has been over five decades in business and publishes some of India’s most successful authors?

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BBC launches 4 Indian language services
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BBC launches 4 Indian language services

The BBC World Service has announced the creation of four new Indian language services, as part of its biggest global expansion in more than 70 years. Delhi will become the BBC’s largest bureau outside the U.K., and the BBC will consolidate its position as the biggest foreign news organization in India.

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'Post-truth' named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries
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'Post-truth' named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries

Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year.

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Gulzar gets ‘Poet Laureate’ award at Literary Fest
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Gulzar gets ‘Poet Laureate’ award at Literary Fest

Following Bob Dylan’s Nobel prize for literature, the whole world might be debating over whether songwriters could be poets, but closer home, the reconciliation seemed much smoother and easier as Gulzar was given the Poet Laureate award at the Tata Lit Fest.

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Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest announces shortlists for five coveted Book Awards
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Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest announces shortlists for five coveted Book Awards

The seventh edition of the festival will be held from November 17 to 20, 2016, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and simultaneously at the Prithvi Theatre, Juhu.

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The New Intellectuals
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The New Intellectuals

Younger intellectuals don’t see the academy as a refuge. They see it as an institution in crisis. They’ve never known a healthy academic job market or a time when the humanities wasn’t in a defensive crouch. But as academic life deteriorates, public culture grows richer and younger.An intellectual renaissance is underway.

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The National Book Awards Make a Powerful Statement
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The National Book Awards Make a Powerful Statement

In the wake of a divisive election, the prestigious literary prize honored three African American authors whose work explores black history.

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10 Japanese Books by Women We’d Love to See in English
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10 Japanese Books by Women We’d Love to See in English

All too often, writing by women is published disparately, in separate journals and anthologies, some of which have gone out of print—so that they appear and then disappear in translation. These women writers are giants whose books should be as readily accessible as those by Yukio Mishima, Osamu Dazai, and Kobo Abe.

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Report on the Disappearance of Book Sellers in Hong Kong
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Report on the Disappearance of Book Sellers in Hong Kong

The report provides the most comprehensive account to date of the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015, and gives special attention to the worrying cases of booksellers Gui Minhai and Lee Bo, both foreign nationals who were seized by Chinese agents across borders.

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Where Are There So Few Books For The Print-Impaired?
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Where Are There So Few Books For The Print-Impaired?

India publishes approximately 90,000 books each year in 24 different languages. We are also the world's second most populous nation with an extremely large population with disabilities, including persons with print impairments. However, the total number of books accessible to the print impaired in India is only 19,000.

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This Poetry Festival In Mumbai Will Bring Together 51 Poets In 20 Languages
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This Poetry Festival In Mumbai Will Bring Together 51 Poets In 20 Languages

This November, over 100 poets from five countries will gather in Mumbai for a one of a kind festival that will celebrate poetry in 20 languages. This will be the culmination of a two-year-long Indo-German literary exchange project that saw South Asian poets translating German poems into their languages, and their own verses being translated into German.

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Simon & Schuster launches local publishing in India
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Simon & Schuster launches local publishing in India

Simon & Schuster appointed Dharini Bhaskar as editorial director for running local publishing operations in India, including both adult fiction and non-fiction. The company has announced that the first titles will roll out in 2017.

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Handsets mandated to support Indian language keyboards July 1st 2017 - MediaNama
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Handsets mandated to support Indian language keyboards July 1st 2017 - MediaNama

By July 1st 2017, all handsets being manufactured, stored, sold and distributed in India will have to support the inputting of text in English, Hindi and at least one more official Indian language (of 22), and support reading of text in all these languages, as per an order passed a couple of days ago by the central government.

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A one-stop e-bookshop for writers and readers
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A one-stop e-bookshop for writers and readers

Since 2015, Matrubharti Technologies has helped over 2,000 writers publish 5,000 ebooks, which have been downloaded 850,000 times by 60,000 readers.

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Feminism, pornography and lots of crying in the loos: Lennie Goodings reflects on 43 years
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Feminism, pornography and lots of crying in the loos: Lennie Goodings reflects on 43 years

Carmen was busy wiping down the telephone receivers (she was thorough in all things). I was young, Canadian, new to the company and in awe of this formidable woman. I asked her, 'Why did you start Virago?' The answer came in a beat: 'to change the world, darling – that’s why.’

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Book clubs rebooted: Emma Watson, Florence Welch and the best new online reading groups
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Book clubs rebooted: Emma Watson, Florence Welch and the best new online reading groups

Digital book clubs foster diverse literary perspectives minus the pressure – and everyone from feminist celebrities to niche magazines are getting in on the act.

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Emma Watson-inspired book-sharing drive stumbles in China
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Emma Watson-inspired book-sharing drive stumbles in China

Inspired by Harry Potter star Emma Watson, a Chinese firm launched a large-scale book-sharing campaign this week. But instead of winning praise, the innocuous campaign has drawn ridicule from netizens, says the BBC's Grace Tsoi.

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Prince charming who? How Indian children's books are challenging stereotypes
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Prince charming who? How Indian children's books are challenging stereotypes

Stories of demons, gods and fairy tales with happy, moralistic endings probably formed a memorable part of your childhood. You may remember reading these stories, but do you remember asking why the princesses were always soft-spoken, swooning, fair-skinned women waiting to be rescued?

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From novel special effects to big reader data: our 2016 BookTech finalists | The Bookselle
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From novel special effects to big reader data: our 2016 BookTech finalists | The Bookselle

Publishizer, Kadaxis, Novel Effect, Joosr and StoryTourist: find out more about the five finalists in this year's BookTech Company of the Year Award.

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Why Most Amazon Reader Reviews are Worthless
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Why Most Amazon Reader Reviews are Worthless

A longtime literary agent rues the gamesmanship and lack of accountability and transparency in Amazon and Barnes & Noble reader reviews.

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Death of the hatchet job
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Death of the hatchet job

On the turning of tides in literary criticism, from outpourings of critical spleen to general all-round good nature: which is more likely to profit readers and writers?

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Top 5 Literary Entrepreneurs of Indian Poetry You Should Know
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Top 5 Literary Entrepreneurs of Indian Poetry You Should Know

On the invaluable contributions of Purushottama Lal, Jayanta Mahapatra, GSP Rao, HK Kaul and Sonnet Mondal to the Indian poetry scene, locally and globally.

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Lounge loves: Travelling storytellers
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Lounge loves: Travelling storytellers

The sixth edition of the Kathakar International Storytellers Festival will have Indian troupes such as the Tholpavakoothu Sangam and also storytellers from the UK.

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Apple releases a $300 book containing 450 photos of its hardware designs | Latest News & U
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Apple releases a $300 book containing 450 photos of its hardware designs | Latest News & U

Apple releases a $300 book containing 450 photos of its hardware designs - There's a new Apple book in town!

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A Bengaluru barber popularises Kannada literature
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A Bengaluru barber popularises Kannada literature

What is the connection between sahitya (literature) and hairdressing, you wonder? Walk in to V. Harish’s New Modern Bombay Men’s Parlour on Southend Road at Basavanagudi and you would be amazed at the modest shop lined with photos of most Kannada literary personalities, along with rows of books stacked for distribution.

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Listening for Wider Adoption: ReadSpeaker Talks Up Text-to-Speech
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Listening for Wider Adoption: ReadSpeaker Talks Up Text-to-Speech

Discovery Education and Cengage Learning use ReadSpeaker to increase students’ understanding and recall of their digital content, whether they’re dyslexic, prone to learn better and recall more by listening; or simply very busy lives on the move. The program can read more than 40 languages and speak in more than 150 voices.

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B&N Pays Boire $4.8 Million in Separation Agreement
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B&N Pays Boire $4.8 Million in Separation Agreement

Barnes & Noble has reached an agreement with its former CEO Ron Boire to pay him $4,825,600 to settle all issues related to his dismissal in August after just one year on the job. In exchange for the payment, Boire agreed to forfeit all stock awards that included 368,098 shares he was granted last September when he became CEO; 143,540 restricted stock units; and another 143,540 in shares.

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Indian scientists burdened by cost of research published in open access journals
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Indian scientists burdened by cost of research published in open access journals

Indians spend close to $2.4 million annually to get their scientific research output published in different open access (OA) journals, authors of a new study say, raising concerns that scientists often have to cough up two months equivalent of salary to get their work into those journals. OA journals account for about 14.4 per cent of India’s overall publication output.

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Publication of daily papers halted in Imphal
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Publication of daily papers halted in Imphal

Imphal-based print media Friday halted publication of daily papers from Imphal following acute shortage of currency for exchanges with the hawkers, as the burden of the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes continued to have its impact on various sectors including the fourth estate.

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After 71 years, Ram Advani book store closes forever
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After 71 years, Ram Advani book store closes forever

Following the death of Ram Advani in March this year, Ram Advani Booksellers in Lucknow shut shop this month, after a 71-year history as an intellectual hub.

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