The Publisher’s Post – October 2013

 Newsletter October, 2013
  Latest Developments  
Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival
The sixth edition of Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival will be held on 22, 23 and 24 November 2013 at IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts). Presented by Alpenliebe Juzt Jelly, Hindustan Times Bookaroo 2013 continues the celebration of children’s books, storytelling and reading. It will once again bring together children, authors, illustrators and books in one venue for three exciting days:
22nd November (Schools’ Day): 9.30 am to 12 pm. By invitation
23rd, 24th November: 11 am to 5 pm (Open Day for families)

Some of the authors, illustrators and storytellers who will participate include Ashok Banker, Cornelia Funke, Gen Ian Cardozo, Giti Chandra, Jeeva Raghunath, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Rajeev Tambe, Sally Gardner, Vandana Bist while Amar Chitra Katha, Bloomsbury, CBT, Duckbill, Hachette, Katha, NBT, Puffin, Random House India, Red Turtle, TERI Press, Scholastic, Tulika and Young Zubaan are some of the publishers who have confirmed participation.

Frankfurt Book Fair concludes on an optimistic note
Over 3,500 participants from 72 countries took part in the more than 20 seminars and conferences of the Frankfurt Academy. According to the organisers, new conference formats, such as Contec and StoryDrive, have certainly contributed to the rapidly changing face of the Book Fair, and to the fact that it now attracts new groups of visitors.

The German Book Office, Delhi and Frankfurt Academy had jointly organised special guided tours for the first time visitors from India to the Frankfurt Book Fair to give them a more focused understanding of the Fair.

In addition, two more events were organised, which focused on the Asian visitors. On 10 October, the Globalocal Roundtable event discussed success stories from Asia and India at the Asia Lounge. On 11 October, a paid guided tour was conducted for educational book publishers and exhibitors from India to meet and interact with international educational publishers and service providers. Read more

Kobo launches in India
Kobo has officially launched in India through partnerships with bookstores Crossword, W H Smith and electronics store Croma.

Kobo’s e-bookstore has also launched, featuring 95% of top-selling Indian authors including Jhumpa Lahiri, Ramachandra Guha and Sachin Garg alongside international bestsellers such as Dan Brown, John Grisham and Lee Child.

Kobo’s general manager Wayne White said he believed India was in the early stages of a 25-year transformation from print to digital reading. Read more

Announcing GLOBALOCAL 2014: The Forum for Content
The fifth edition of GBO New Delhi’s annual event, GLOBALOCAL: The Forum for Content, is slated to be held on 13-14 February 2014 in New Delhi.

In 2014, GLOBALOCAL will again have an exciting mix of roundtables, rights & licenses training, matchmakings, keynote presentations and networking breaks. But the new additions for this year will be thematic workshops led by noted practitioners and an Experts’ Table with a panel of industry experts there to provide guidance. There are also going to be ample opportunities to meet peers, professionals, new business partners, to present your products/ideas, and interact with people from the publishing and allied industries from all over.

For expressions of interest and queries, please contact Shabnam Sudha Srivastava, Manager- Sales & Marketing at

ALMA Nomination for 4 Indian Publishers
Astrid Lindgren, one of Sweden’s most important authors, died in 2002 at the age of 94. To honour her memory and to promote interest in children’s and young adult literature around the world, the Swedish government founded an international award in her name, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA).

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is presented every year. The award money is SEK 5 million, making it the largest international children’s and young adult literature award in the world. The huge amount awarded as prize money indicates that reading by children and young adults is extremely important. The prize is intended to inspire anyone involved in children’s literature.

The award is presented to authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and reading promoters. The award may be presented to a single laureate or to several, regardless of language or nationality.

This year, 4 Indian publishers – Tara Books, Pratham Books, A&A Book Trust and Katha – have been nominated for the award. The entire list of candidates is here.

CUP to take full ownership of CUP India
Cambridge University Press has taken full ownership of CUP India ahead of the retirement of founding partner and managing director Manas Saikia, saying the move will “accelerate further investment for growth”. While Saikia is retiring from the board, he will stay on as MD during a transition period until April 2014.

CUP said under Saikia’s leadership, CUP India had seen “huge growth”. Saikia also helped to lead the fight against large-scale piracy and the development of cost effective copyright clearance, helping to create the Association of Publishers in India (API) and the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO), CUP said. Read more

Bringing back the joys of reading
National Book Trust director M.A. Sikandar is ecstatic that, as part of the upcoming National Book Week, NBT will sign an MoU with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. This agreement will enable NBT to exhibit its gargantuan collection of scholarly as well as children’s books at metro stations in the Capital from November 14 to 20.

For the World Book Fair, the NBT Director said his organisation was pulling out all stops to ensure that the nine-day event becomes a roaring success. “Nurturing reading skills and making books easily available to the public is our primary goal. Reading encourages people to imagine, expands their mental horizon and widens their views on politics, cultural heritage and economics. Since reading has undergone a change, we will also be showcasing e-books.”

As Poland will be the guest of honour country, the NBT director has requested the Polish Government to also send its Nobel laureates so that they can share their vision before the visitors. English translations of Polish literature, children’s books and new books from Poland would be up for grabs.

During the fair, the New Delhi Rights Table will offer a business-to-business match-making session between publishers in a refreshing new business ambience. This format will enable participants to book their own rights table, present their products and ideas and also tentatively finalise their agreements for transfer of translation and other rights of books available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages.

In a new development, the recent MoU signed between Korean Publishers Association and NBT would facilitate entry of Korean books in a big way. Read more

Konkani Wikipedia in the making
The Goa University has re-launched a four-volume Konkani Vishwakosh (Konkani encyclopaedia) and announced its plan to upload the same on Wikipedia so as to build the Konkani Wikipedia.

The project is seen as a major stride in Konkani learning, research and production of books. The project, which will involve 42 students of the Konkani Department of Goa University including four designated as Ambassadors of Konkani, will turn students into producers of knowledge rather than mere consumers of knowledge. The University has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) for building up the Konkani Wikipedia. Read more

Akademi to convert 1,001 books into digital format
The Kerala Sahitya Akademi here will publish as many as 1,001 books that completed the copyright terms from its collection of books in a digitalised format soon, so as to make them available to the public through free licensing, according to Kerala Sahitya Akademi secretary R Gopalakrishnan.

The books that completed the copyright terms have been classified in this regard, which will soon be converted into digital format, so that anyone can have access to it free of cost, he said, adding that it would be a continuing process as more books published by the Akademi over the years will have to be added to the digital collection based on the validity of their copyright terms. Read more

Book fair to hit Chandigarh after 18 years
After nearly 18 years, the Chandigarh Book Fair will be held from November 13 to November 18. Preparations are on in full swing for the event, which will be organized by the Chandigarh administration, in collaboration with National Book Trust, New Delhi.

More than 100 publishers from across the country will participate in the fair. Authors from various states will be invited. Read more

E-merging literature
The first authentic Marathi e-book was launched on Friday by Mehta Publishing House, one of the largest Marathi language publishers. These are to be the first digital rights enabled (DRM) Marathi e-books in the country, which means that the books are not only piracy-free, but also have better quality, usability, fonts, text flow and other features. The event was attended by Sunil A Mehta, Managing Director, Mehta Publishing House, as well as Mrinal Kulkarni and Ravindra Mankani, while celebrated consultant Dimakh Sahasrabuddhe spoke about the technical aspects of e-books. The books will ensure a wider audience for Marathi literature and will help in promoting the language among the youth. The e-books may be purchased at Read more
MAC Charities awards announced
The MAC Charities has announced its annual awards for promotion of Tamil language and literature and excellence in fine arts and entrepreneurship.

R. Selvaganapathy, Tamil scholar, has been chosen for the Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Award for outstanding contribution to Tamil language and literature, according to a release from the Charities.

The recipients will get a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh each and a citation in a silver casket at a function here on October 12, on the occasion of the 95th birth anniversary of M.A. Chidambaram, the release added. Read more

Top Manga publisher set to make India entry
The largest US-based Manga publishers is all set to make its entry to India.

“The Indian market is especially important to us as we expand our reach and distribution of our English language manga around the world,” says Kevin Hamric, director of publishing and marketing of VIZ Media, which has headquarters in San Francisco and distributes, markets and licenses anime and Manga titles from Japan.

Manga are Japanese comic books, read from right to left, covering a broad range of genres, including action and adventure, science-fiction and fantasy, romance, historical drams, sport, food and the paranormal. The two main categories are Shonen – generally for boys and tending to be more action orientated, and Shojo – for girls and tending towards romance and the paranormal. Read more

  Opinion & Analysis  
Demand for printed books still strong in India despite global decline
While the e-book explosion has led to the closure of bookstores in many parts of the world, the book market in India has shown a remarkable resilience.

Experts believe the trend is here to stay for some time.

Dr Ashok Gupta, general secretary at the Federation of India Publishers, said: “Growth potential is very high — that means for another 50 to 100 years, we can continue to grow in the educational sectors…the market is so big. Read more

No takers for e-publishing?
The multiple roles that e-publishing calls for translates to a range of career profiles — proof readers, copy editors, graphic designers, page designers and project managers.

While the e-publishing industry is on the lookout for freshers every year, colleges or institutions offering a certificate or diploma course in e-publishing, are almost non-existent, leading to a dearth of employable candidates. “The industry requires freshers every year as most projects have roles that necessitate a 60: 40 ratio of experienced hands to entrants,” says an HR manager of a top multinational publishing firm in Puducherry. Read more

Band of Brothers: NE writers explore new frontiers
Avoiding the cliched conflict-related literature and other adages attached to the northeast, new and young writers are making their forays into different genres.

From crime fiction and youth-related themes to the historical legacy of Tibet, they are exercising their talent earning rave reviews from critics and catching readers’ attention. They are also being published by some of the big names in the publishing world.

Somnath Batabayal’s ‘The Price You Pay’ was recently released in the city. Batabayal, now based in the UK, has set his crime fiction in the backdrop of New Delhi’s underbelly, and is gripping and dark. ‘Wind Horse’ by Kaushik Barua, is a historical fiction set in the backdrop of the resistance movement in Tibet will be released soon by an international publishing house. His novel explores the suffering and heroism of the Tibetian people. Historical fiction is generally considered a tough literary endeavour.

Janice Pariat’s ‘Boats on Land’, was well received by critics and recently won a Sahitya Akademi award. Pariat explores the sights and sounds of her native Meghalaya in different time phases. Aruni Kashyap’s ‘The House With a Thousand Stories’ also published by a noted publishing house and has earned rave reviews from literary critics and is getting a good response from readers.Read more

  Events & New Book Releases  
Dance as a daily offering
The Marg publication series devoted to classical Indian dance, edited by Dr.Sunil Kothari, has been further enriched by the latest study on Sattriya, the classical dance of Assam. It is a compilation of nine chapters by experts, who analyse the different components of Sattriya.

Sattriya is revealed as a living, evolving tradition, rooted in the philosophy and vision of saint-preacher-reformer-artist-composer Sankaradeva (1499-1568). The history of the bhakti movement behind the rise of Sattriya, the socio-cultural-religious context and the rise of the sattra, make for interesting reading. Read more

Reproduction of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Harijan’ to be released
The facsimile version of ‘Harijan’, a weekly publication started by Mahatma Gandhi, to highlight the social and economic problems of India and the world, was released on Sept. 30, 2013.

“‘Harijan’ is one of the two main publications of Gandhiji. While Young India has already been published,
‘Harijan’ was yet to be published,” Vivek Desai, managing trustee of Navajivan Trust, which holds the rights of publication of literature related to Mahatma Gandhi, said. The nineteen volumes will be reprinted for the first time, he said. Read more

Mamoni books to be released in 5 languages
A Guwahati-based publishing house will observe the 72nd birth anniversary of writer Mamoni Raisom Goswami by releasing her books in five languages.

Goswami was a popular Assamese writer who won the Sahitya Akademi and Mrityunjoy awards, among others, for her contribution to literature. She passed away on November 29, 2011.

The book release will be held at ITA cultural complex at Machkhowa on November 14, Goswami’s birth anniversary, in association with South East Asia Ramayani Research Centre, a research institute set up by her in 2008 to carry out research on the Ramayan. The books to be released are Adha Lekha Dostabej (an unfinished autobiography) in Khasi, Dontal Hatir Unye Khowa Hauda (The moth-eaten howdah of the tusker) in Mising, Sinnomostar Manuhto (The Man from Shinnamosta) in Nepali, Nilokonthi Brojo (The Blue-necked Braja) in Bengali and a short story collection in Bodo. Read more

Inking the Anglo-Indian saga
With fiction and non-fiction titles, the Anglo-Ink publishing house, a venture by Harry MacLure, encourages quality writing.

He, however, adds that Anglo-Ink is not a mere commercial venture, as it also aims to provide a platform for aspiring writers who struggle to find publishers.

The first title was The Year Before Sunset by Hugh & Colleen Gantzer, followed by Lillooah Revisited by Denis Whitworth and Blood and Steel by Brig D E Hayde. The latest title launched is Footprints On the Track.

MacLure says that the publishing house is open to non-Anglo-Indians writing about the community as well. Apart from the new titles, the publishing house is also looking at reprinting literary works by Anglo-Indian writers that have gone out of print. Read more

Vernacular road to love
Mills and Boon, the iconic and most widely read romance fiction series published by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd, has forayed into the regional publishing market with translations of the popular English titles in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Marathi.

Out in the stands is its first titles in Malayalam, Bossinte Pranayini and Veendum Thalirkunna Chillakal . Mills & Boon Malayalam are available at kiosks, bookstores and organised retail stores for an introductory price of Rs. 99. Read more

  New Books!  

Reconstructing the Bengal Partition: The Psyche Under a Different Violence

By: Jayanti Basu
Published by: Stree
ISBN: 978-81-906760-9-0
Price: Rs 650.00
Pages: 292



The General Is Up

By: Peter Nazareth
Published by: Goa, 1556
Publication Date: October, 2013
Price: Rs 200.00
Pages: 170



Red Blooms in the Forest

By: Nilima Sinha
Published by: Niyogi Books
ISBN: 9789381523995
Price: Rs 350.00
Pages: 244



अर्थशास्त्र का मर्म क्या है?

लेखक: अमित भादुरी
प्रकाशक: एकलव्य
ISBN: 9789381300725
मूल्य: Rs 25.00
पृष्ठों: 40



The Bookworm

Written by Lavanya R. N.
Art by Shilo Shiv Suleman
Published by: Karadi Tales
ISBN: 978-81-8190-180-4
Price: Rs 95.00



The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan

Written by Maya Tudor
Published by: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107046061
Price: Rs 595.00



The Start Up Diaries

Written by Neeti Jain & Gagan Jain
Published by: CinnamonTeal Publishing
ISBN: 978-93-83175-34-5
Price: Rs 249.00



Decent Work: Insights from India’s IT Industry

Written by Nausheen Nizami & Narayan Prasad
Published by: Sage India
ISBN: 9788132111597
Price: Rs 795.00

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