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Lakshmi Hostrom passed away in May this year. She was a formidable voice in the translation field, having worked with writers such as Ambai, Na. Muthuswamy, Ashokamitran, Cheran and Sundara Ramaswamy.
Lucknow mourns the demise of its iconic bookseller Ram Advani today. He was 95 and was not keeping well since he suffered a fracture in his femur in November 2015.
Although ebooks currently account for less than 10 percent of the topline of publishers in India, this figure is expected to grow to about 25 percent by 2020.
In last few years, Hyderabad and its neighbouring towns have seen a steep increase in textbook printing factories serving various state governments, including AP, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and TN.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, last week, surprised the various stakeholders of the geospatial data industry with a document titled “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016”.
Samanth Subramanian speculates on why nonfiction narratives have not take off in India, and concludes that its been due to a lack of institutional support as well as reading attitudes.
One of the domains of the "Pirate Bay for scientists" has been shut down by Elsevier. As part of an injunction against Sci-Hub in the US, Elsevier can demand registrars suspend domain names.
The Dutch government held a 2-day meeting which resulted in the Amsterdam Call to Action, which included the ambition to make all new papers published in the European Union freely available by 2020.
SSRN facilitates the free posting and sharing of research material (e.g., conference papers, preprints, non-peer-reviewed papers). It was acquired by Elsevier in May 2016.
Bloomsbury Publishing announced that it was accelerating it shift consumer books to non-consumer areas in the academic and professional categories.
" I assigned myself, for motives that are obscure even to me, the job of describing what I know of my era."
Credited with starting a “quiet revolution,” Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear are translators whose interpretation of a masterpiece displaces the one read by generation before.
On the 100th anniversary of the presentation of Dr. Ambedkar's seminal paper "Castes In India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development", it has been republished as a tribute to him.
The novelist on what it means to be a citizen, her court battle with Amrita Pritam, and writers and their drink of choice
Bukowski is not only a hero to so many would-be writers because of his epic barroom tales and rock star-caliber drinking bouts. Listen to him read his work here.
Discover the lecture series that Borges gave at Harvard University in the fall of 1967 and the spring of 1968. Listen to hours of his insights into poetry and other things literary.
Read this for a beautiful account of what an old school literary agency was like - complete with piles of paper and desk lamps.
A new anthology of essays about the changing landscape of literary publishing for your reading list.
David Foster Wallace offers some thoughts on words such as privilege, utilize, individual, feckless, bland, critique, and more.
Since rising to power in 2013, the BJP government in Rajasthan has been quietly working toward making textbooks less pro-Congress and more pro-Hindutva.
At Rachna Stores in Gangtok, writers, musicians and bakers are as ubiquitous as books.
Penguin Books India is embarking on a yearlong travel journey with its newly launched initiative, Penguin on Wheels--a mobile book store.
In the city of Old Delhi in India, calligraphy is still practiced by a small number of professionals striving to keep the art alive. However, their profession is put under threat by digital fonts.