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This Fortnight in Publishing (7 January 2017)

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This Fortnight in Publishing features news about the publishing industry in India, with a focus on topics like tech, regional languages, and new trends. Click here to view our previous editions.

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New Delhi World Book Fair begins from 7 January
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New Delhi World Book Fair begins from 7 January

Like all segments of the industry, the effects of demonetisation are likely to dominate the proceedings at the annual New Delhi World Book Fair 2017. Yet, optimism prevails ahead of the 44th edition of the World Book Fair.

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Schedule of 2017 Jaipur Lit Fest
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Schedule of 2017 Jaipur Lit Fest

Check out the schedule for the 2017 Jaipur Literature Fest. Speakers include Ajay Navaria, Richard Flanagan, David Hare, Alice Walker and others.

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Speakers 2017: The Hindu Lit For Life
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Speakers 2017: The Hindu Lit For Life

It’s time to celebrate all things related to literature. Come January 2017, The Hindu Lit for Life in Chennai will see discussions, seminars, workshops and performances all related to literature.

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At 40, Chennai Book Fair keeps up with the times
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At 40, Chennai Book Fair keeps up with the times

To counter the cash crunch a token system has been set up. The fair has also increased the number of POS machines available to 50. The book fair will be held at St George's School until 19 January.

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John Berger (1926–2017)
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John Berger (1926–2017)

John Berger's revolutionary insistence that our reality could be seen differently, and altered by our intervention, shaped a generation.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Book Sparks Freedom of Speech Controversy
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Milo Yiannopoulos Book Sparks Freedom of Speech Controversy

The ideas in Simon & Schuster's forthcoming Milo Yiannopoulos book may not be popular in the community, but does that mean he shouldn't be published?

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Redundancy fears as Penguin Random House derecognises staff unions
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Redundancy fears as Penguin Random House derecognises staff unions

Penguin Random House terminated its collective agreement with unions after talks aimed at protecting staff redundancy terms broke down. After authors across the world expressed their outrage, the company has agreed to renegotiate.

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Medium fires a third of its staff; tries a new business model
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Medium fires a third of its staff; tries a new business model

Medium has recently discovered that though its platform may be popular, it does not have a sustainable business model in place to generate revenue. When Medium launched its publisher program last year, one of the touted benefits was sponsored content, facilitated by Medium. Now Medium will no longer offer this option. A person familiar with the company mentioned “micropayments and membership” as potential ongoing areas of investment.

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Print media publications in India grew 5.13% in 2015-16
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Print media publications in India grew 5.13% in 2015-16

A total of 5,423 new publications were registered during 2015-16, taking the total count of registered publications to 110,851 from 105,443 in the previous year, says report.

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Delhi emerges as most well-read city, according to Amazon
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Delhi emerges as most well-read city, according to Amazon

According to the 'Annual Reading Trends Report for 2016' conducted by Amazon.in, Delhi bought the most number of books in 2016 and 'One Indian Girl' by Chetan Bhagat was the biggest bestseller of the year.

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Amazon Kindle sales see 80% growth in India
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Amazon Kindle sales see 80% growth in India

The sales of Amazon's Kindle e-readers rose 80% to Rs 113.28 crore in the year to March in India, according to documents filed by Amazon Seller Services. The company expects Kindle sales in India to grow at a compound annual growth rate of at least 50% for the next three years.

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Kindle books in Indian languages could be a game changer
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Kindle books in Indian languages could be a game changer

Amazon India has announced that Kindle will launch digital books in five Indian languages - Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam. The titles include 'Rajaraja Chozhan' by Sa. Na. Kannan. Seventh generation Kindle devices and above will support Indic scripts, enabling readers to access such books.

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There is no one kind of ideal writer or reader or text: Karthika VK
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There is no one kind of ideal writer or reader or text: Karthika VK

" [...] if you’re editing a kind of work, a kind of person today that requires a certain mood and a tone and then tomorrow you get something else entirely different, you have to be able to get into their skin as well. [...] I think every editor needs to be multi-phrenic or freneric or whatever because you can’t be one person and edit multiple texts. You have to be many."

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Predatory publishers gain foothold in Indian academia’s upper echelon
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Predatory publishers gain foothold in Indian academia’s upper echelon

Recent revelations have pointed to a symbiotic relationship in India between questionable publishers and mediocre researchers. In 2013, a Science investigation traced the publishers and editors of scores of predatory journals to India. And last year, a team reported in BMC Medicine that of a selection of 262 authors published in predatory journals, 35% were Indian.

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The Pratilipi storyline — highlighting entrepreneurial lessons of 2016
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The Pratilipi storyline — highlighting entrepreneurial lessons of 2016

Pratilipi, one of the largest Indian language self-publishing platforms, currently operates in eight Indian languages. In 2016, they moved to their first real office, went from serving less than a million readers in all of 2015 to serving more than a million readers a month, and also raised their first large round of funding.

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In a major deal, S Chand acquires Kolkata publisher Chhaya Prakashani
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In a major deal, S Chand acquires Kolkata publisher Chhaya Prakashani

In a major development recently, Delhi-based S Chand, a leader in the textbook market, acquired the majority stake in Kolkata-based publisher Chhaya Prakashani. The company specialises in school books, college books, textbooks, career books and academic publishing in West Bengal.

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Reading Tagore in 2016
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Reading Tagore in 2016

“Sunset of the Century” was written on the final day of 1900, a year during which wars, humanitarian crises, angry nationalist rhetoric, and a diplomat’s assassination all made headlines. Sounds familiar?

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The David Foster Wallace Disease
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The David Foster Wallace Disease

Most of us, I think, when we picture a supernaturally transcendent life, picture excitement. We want sex, or fireworks, or both, God telling us knock knock jokes every Sunday. Wallace wanted to be enchanted by an even, gray sky. His ideal, apparently, was finding total satisfaction in lukewarm milk. David Foster Wallace, with all his superhuman receptivity, dreamt of being a happy blank.

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AI improves publishing
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AI improves publishing

"Robots will analyze complex editorial content of all lengths, and provide feedback to the humans sitting behind the keyboard."

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The Essentials of Socialist Writing
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The Essentials of Socialist Writing

How the goals of a socialist writer, and the methods required to reach such goals, differ from the capitalist or apolitical writer? To find out, Mark Nowak for Jacobin spoke to author and LeftWord Books chief editor Vijay Prashad about the role of writing in socialist politics.

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Automated book-culling software drives librarians to create fake patrons
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Automated book-culling software drives librarians to create fake patrons

Two employees at the East Lake County Library created a fictional patron called Chuck Finley -- entering fake driver's license and address details into the library system -- and then used the account to check out 2,361 books over nine months in 2016, in order to trick the system and protect the books from automatic purges.

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In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster
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In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster

Not that 2016 was bad; it was fine. Books sales basically held steady — overall, trade books sales were down 0.4% in 2016 from the same period in 2015. What publishing needs is one book, one big book, that comes out of nowhere and takes America by storm in 2017. In 2015, that book was “The Girl on the Train.” In 2012, it was “Gone Girl.”

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Notable Literary Deaths in 2016
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Notable Literary Deaths in 2016

Just in case you need one more reason to feel horrible about 2016.

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The Murakami Effect
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The Murakami Effect

In more recent years, Haruki Murakami has been similarly—though quite distinctly—marketed as the foremost literary representative of what Douglas McGray has called Japan’s emergent “Gross National Cool.”

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