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You can read the Madras High Court's ruling in the case against Tamil writer Perumal Murugan in full here. The last line, like many sections of the document, is quite stunning: "Let the author be resurrected to what he is best at. Write."
Key sections from the Madras High Court judgement that has quashed criminal proceedings against the Tamil author. A TL;DR version for those who don't want to read the full judgement.
Upcoming self-publishing and pre-publishing houses have also started to write books for their clients. Some agencies charge anywhere between Re 1 to Rs 6 per word for a piece of fiction or non fiction while others quote US$18-25 per page (300 words).
The current plan of path to profitability at Flipkart is threefold — shrink the marketplace model from over 70% of total sales to about 40%, increase the inventory-led sales from 20-25% to about 35%, and introduce private label brands that will account for a quarter of total sales for Flipkart. Online insurance and building a global supply chain are also part of the plan.
From now on, printers and publishers in Mumbai will have to furnish police-issued character certificates to the Press Declaration Section of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s office every time they file a declaration for a new publication.
Currently, the FDI policy permits 26 per cent foreign direct investment in the publishing of newspapers and periodicals dealing with news and current affairs through government approval route. It is planning to raise this limit to 49 per cent.
Nicholas Coleridge, president of Condé Nast International, says 65% of the revenue of Condé Nast India comes from print. In the 8.5 years since the company's launch in India, each of its four print magazines have grown to take well over 70% of advertising revenues in its sector.
An interview with the Bloomsbury executive director who's leading Bloomsbury's push into academic publishing. “J.K. Rowling was a phenomenon that no one had found in 500 years,” according to Charkin. So Bloomsbury has decided to invest in academic and professional publishing to balance the “hit-driven side of general book publishing”.
US-based magazine Newsweek is planning to launching an India edition. The company, Newsweek Media Private Limited, was incorporated in March this year. In May 2016, it was reported that IBT Media, which owns Newsweek, plans to double its operations in Bangalore.
Indian publishing services company MPS Ltd has acquired Sweden- and US-based Magplus, a digital platform that creates and distributes content to mobile apps, for an undisclosed amount.
Smriti Irani has been moved from the HRD to the Ministry of Textiles. Perhaps now is a good time to step back and review her legacy of privatisation and saffronisation of education.
Oxford University Press saw headline growth of 1.7%, 1% on a like-for-like basis (at constant exchange rates), in the year to end March 2016, according to its latest Annual Report. It is also reported that the company plans to cut 140 jobs globally.
As a woman of colour in a field dominated by white men, Suki Kim finds that her greatest challenge was not posed by the dictatorial regime in North Korea, but rather by the assumptions of readers and critics in the West.
In this charming interview by Aishwarya Subramanyam, we get to see another side of Arundhati Roy: a woman who writes and exercises obsessively and is comfortable in her aloneness.
Some of the top news sites in India last week decided to turn away net users who make use of software to block advertisements. The sites say that they can earn revenues only by running advertisements. However, with one in two internet users in India using ad blocking software, is this a good move?
Audible has released an on-demand, unlimited listening service called Channels to offer short-form content alongside full-length audiobooks for the US market. Content includes podcasts created by Audible as well as material from established providers like The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American and The Onion.
At 2am on 25 June, the Ambedkar Bhavan in Dadar East, Mumbai was demolished. What made things suspicious was the demolition was carried out in the wee hours of Saturday. According to media reports, a rare collection of books, the office furniture plus the printing press went under the rubble.
The team looks at the correlation between the emotional arc and the number of story downloads to see which types of arc are most popular. It turns out the most popular are stories that follow the Icarus and Oedipus arcs and stories that follow more complex arcs that use the basic building blocks in sequence.
Manipur will go without newspapers and news magazines for one month beginning from Sunday as the sole agent in the state was forced to shut shop by the Kangleipak Students' Association (KSA).
Dr Eleanor Zelliot, Kavalam Narayana Panicker and Neil O’Brien are no more. Their absence will be felt in the world of ideas and print-publishing.