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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).
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.
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.
"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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.