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This Fortnight in Publishing (27 August 2016)

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Hello! I'm Chitralekha Manohar, an editor from Chennai. Click here to have a fortnightly summary of publishing news delivered straight to your inbox.

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Click here to view previous editions of This Fortnight in Publishing - a newsletter on publishing news, particularly with a focus on india and tech.

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Why EPW matters
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Why EPW matters

In early 1966 more than 50 of India’s leading commentators, academics and senior government officials appealed for contributions of Rs.500 each to establish a trust that would publish a new journal of economics and politics. August 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first issue of Economic and Political Weekly (EPW).

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How The Wire is funded
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How The Wire is funded

The Foundation for Independent Journalism (FIJ) – the non-profit company that publishes The Wire – is pleased to announce the receipt of Rs 1.95 crore from the Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation in the form of a grant commencing August 2016. Until now, The Wire has relied on donations to cover operational expenses.

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Publishing Next lines up series of events on 15-17 September
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Publishing Next lines up series of events on 15-17 September

Established in 2011, Publishing Next, the industry conference on issues of concern to the book publishing industry, has become an integral part of Goa’s cultural landscape. This is about the change this year, as the event has been scheduled to be held in Kochi, Kerala on 15-17 September 2016.

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Chetan Bhagat's latest book 'One Indian Girl' breaks pre-order record
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Chetan Bhagat's latest book 'One Indian Girl' breaks pre-order record

"Launched under the exclusive online partnership between Amazon and Rupa Publishing, the pre-orders went live on Amazon at 2 PM Friday and in just the first two hours, it has created history by becoming the leading title on pre-orders, the site has witnessed since its launch in 2013," Amazon said.

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Blitz: P Sainath carried forward the legacy of KA Abbas
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Blitz: P Sainath carried forward the legacy of KA Abbas

In 1935, the filmmaker, storyteller and journalist KA Abbas began to write his "The Last Page" in the Bombay Chronicle. He moved the column to Blitz, where it ran till he died in 1987. In his will, Abbas requested the editor of Blitz – Russy Karanjia – to give his column to "some progressive journalists like P Sainath, who will carry on the KA Abbas tradition".

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A universe of young Dalit poets after Rohit Vemula
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A universe of young Dalit poets after Rohit Vemula

Vemula’s fabulous idea of “man is essentially stardust” may have come forth in print only now, but for his friends and admirers, his presence itself is said to have spurred much in poetic temperament among emerging Dalit writers and poets today.

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The art of editing – Is it vanishing or thriving?
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The art of editing – Is it vanishing or thriving?

The upheavals of the information age have transformed traditional publishing, a revolution that has arrived along with a rumble of complaint from critics over editorial standards. But is the art of editing in decline? We find out how the 21st-century editor works in this podcast with Diana Athill, Matt Weiland, Karolina Sutton and many more.

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The civil war for books: where is the money going?
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The civil war for books: where is the money going?

Philip Gwyn Jones' speech at the London Book Fair this year. "Books are like stars. By the time their light reaches the sight of readers [...] their birth is a fact of the distant past. The front of today’s bookshop was created, contractually or cosmologically, in a big bang of acquisition two, three, ten years prior. So, there is something of an optical lag in place.

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Publisher wins rights to Voynich manuscript, a book no one can read
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Publisher wins rights to Voynich manuscript, a book no one can read

Scholars have spent their lives puzzling over the Voynich manuscript, whose intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers. After a 10-year appeal, Siloe, a small publisher in northern Spain has won the right to clone the text.

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Book Sales
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Everything You Wanted to Know about Book Sales

A very US point of view (the Indian numbers are probably much lower), but an interesting read nevertheless on the numbers behind the book trade. A low down on how book sales are tracked, what constitutes good sales, whether awards make a difference, and how different segments compare.

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Genius Official Trailer
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Genius Official Trailer

Trailer of 'Genius', a movie about the relationship between editor Maxwell Perkins and the author Thomas Wolfe, starring Colin Firth. Based on the book 'Maxwell Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. Scott Berg.

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Kickstarter Hits a Publishing Milestone
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Kickstarter Hits a Publishing Milestone

Since it launched in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has recorded more than $100 million in pledges to general-publishing projects. Traditional independent publishers use the service to fund individual books, others have based their business models around crowdfunding. while still others are using it to finance books with high production values.

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Growing Chinese journals market 'too big to ignore'
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Growing Chinese journals market 'too big to ignore'

The Chinese journals market is experiencing a huge shift to digital, while more English-language journals are being produced by Chinese publishers, and Chinese researchers are beginning to make a deeper impact abroad, says UK Publishers Association ahead of the Beijing Book Fair.

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Gawker shuts down following bankruptcy due to court case
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Gawker shuts down following bankruptcy due to court case

Gawker will shutter its flagship website next week. The announcement came two days after Spanish-language broadcast television network Univision made a winning bid of $135 million for Gawker's other assets.

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Print has endured digital times and is not going away soon: Vinay Hebbar
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Print has endured digital times and is not going away soon: Vinay Hebbar

Vinay Hebbar of Harvard Business Publishing feels multimedia learning platforms will allow employees to chart their own development plans. In terms of reach, HBR's paid circulation has surged by 21 percent over the last five years, to nearly 300,000 copies, excluding translated licence editions. HBR.org receives an average of 5.8 million unique visitors monthly.

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Oxford Dictionaries launches survey into language use
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Oxford Dictionaries launches survey into language use

Oxford Dictionaries is launching the #OneWordMap, an initiative designed to invite the public to answer a series of language-related questions. The initiative will be "the largest and most global" survey into people’s language gripes.

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BBC to adapt seven more Agatha Christie works
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BBC to adapt seven more Agatha Christie works

The BBC has signed a deal to adapt seven more of the late Agatha Christie's works. Book lovers can also look forward to the screen version of Eleanor Catton's 'Luminaries'.

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A publishing platform for new writers
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A publishing platform for new writers

‘Sargavasantham’ is the sponsored book scheme of Vigil that publishes the unpublished works of first-time authors, be it short story, poetry or essay (topics other than politics and religion). Applications are invited from authors who wish to be part of the 2016 edition of the scheme. This is the 4 edition of Sargavasantham that has been instrumental in publishing around 500 books so far.

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Amazon deletes Kannada book from Kindle, triggers debate
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Amazon deletes Kannada book from Kindle, triggers debate

Online portal Amazon’s decision to delete the Kindle version of ‘Aidu Paise Varadakshine’ by Kannada writer Vasudhendra, a week after it was uploaded, has raised a larger debate on the presence of regional languages on the platform.

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2nd edition of Coimbatore book fair to have 250 stalls
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2nd edition of Coimbatore book fair to have 250 stalls

The Book Sellers and Publishers Association of India (BAPASI) plans to hold the second edition of the Coimbatore Book Fair at CODISSIA trade fair complex from August 19 to 28.

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38 writers returned their Sahitya Akademi awards, Centre tells HC
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38 writers returned their Sahitya Akademi awards, Centre tells HC

The Centre informed the Delhi High Court that 38 writers have returned their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against the Akademi’s alleged “indifference” over the murder of its member and author MM Kalburgi last year.

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Young writer Jimshar beaten up in Kerala over upcoming book
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Young writer Jimshar beaten up in Kerala over upcoming book

A young writer, P Jimshar (26) was beaten up by unidentified elements who disagreed with the contents of his upcoming book “Padachonte chithra pradarshanam". The book was to be published by DC books on August 5, said the police.

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Journalists who wrote about trafficking by RSS face threats
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Journalists who wrote about trafficking by RSS face threats

Operation #BabyLift, an investigative piece about child trafficking, allegedly by the RSS, was published by Outlook magazine on July 29, 2016. The journalists who broke the story have since become the target of an investigation with threats being hurled against them. A few days afterward, the magazine fired its editor, Krishna Prasad.

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Acquitted of obscenity charges, Urdu writer vows to fight British-era law
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Acquitted of obscenity charges, Urdu writer vows to fight British-era law

A metropolitan magistrate acquitted Abdul Rehman Abbas Damaskar of charges of obscenity related to his 1994 novel, 'Nakhlistan ki Talash' (The Search of an Oasis). His legal ordeal started in 2005, when a student of Mumbai University’s Urdu Department lodged a complaint saying she found two paragraphs in the novel ‘objectionable’ and ‘obscene’.

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Coming back, Perumal Murugan undecided on writing technique
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Coming back, Perumal Murugan undecided on writing technique

Mr. Murugan said that the threats of the right-wing forces and a legal ordeal have put him in a situation where he feels a “censor is seated” inside him. “He (the censor) is testing every word that is born within me. His constant caution that a word may be misunderstood so, or it may be interpreted thus, is a real bother,” he added.

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