We all know the pandemic has been reeling us back into a state of panic, helplessness and uncertainty. The country has its hands full dealing with shortage of hospital beds, an inept medical system, an economy amidst stagnation. Adding to that we’re being constantly exposed to news or struggling to adapt with the new normal,… Continue reading Kitab Nahi toh Vikas Nahi – Urging India to participate in the donation drive for a better future!
“Books have the unique ability both to entertain and to teach. They are at once a means of exploring realms beyond our personal experience through exposure to different authors, universes and cultures, and a means of accessing the deepest recesses of our inner selves.” World Book and Copyright Day has long been a celebration of… Continue reading Significance of World Book and Copyright Day
AN EVENT THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUR NATION’S BIGGEST MILESTONEST “Diversity is the driving force for innovation” And there’s no word that describes India better than diverse. Known as ‘sone ki chidiya’ 75 years ago, today India is an economic powerhouse and a mainland of countless innovations. It has contributed aplenty to global industries in… Continue reading INDIA TO THE WORLD
Good people bring happiness to everyone when they are alive, Great people bring happiness even when they are gone. My grandfather, Chandu Lal Gupta was an extraordinary & a very wise man always standing with what is right. While he started Prints India which is now known as Prints Publications and touched the skies with… Continue reading “100 Years of Matchless Ingenuity”: A Book on Mr CL Gupta
Please consider increasing minimum wage pay in lieu of the Covid-19 crisis The Covid-19 crisis has posed many challenges the past year… from medical professionals working overtime, education taking a back seat and companies losing a lot of business. Whilst things are slowly getting back to normal, with the aid of the government… there are… Continue reading The Publishing Industry Is Barely Keeping Afloat
It’s time the government does something for issues that have been distressing the publishing community for so long… Especially in the wake of Covid-19, these issues have been a constant source of turmoil and disturbance for publishers, authors. Not to mention, the huge losses that the industry bears for major concerns like these to go… Continue reading Indian Publishing Industry Challenges
The copyright law introduced right after independence encourages artists, writers, authors, musicians to create their own exclusive pieces of work. The main objective of the law is granting them protection against misuse/ duplication of their creative labour. Copyright allows the holder to take immediate legal action against infringement. However seeing the massive digitalization in the… Continue reading Suggestions & Submissions made for the Copyright Act 1957
Why I support the initiative, but most of the companies won’t… It would not be so wrong to say that the newly drafted 5th Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) has been rooted in the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the crisis laid groundwork for most R&D institutes, industry experts and academicians to support… Continue reading STIP: Draft Science, Technology & Innovation Policy
The court needs to protect the science community from greedy, power-abusing academic publishers The respect of copyright law has been compromised to a great extent, it’s time the court takes action to reclaim it. What am I talking about? The recent battle, wherein publishers claim Sci-Hub and Libgen mean to ‘completely disregard the copyright laws’… Continue reading My opinion on Sci fi hub case
For some it’s just a date. For others it’s the delight in discovering everything anew! This new year for me, is about being able to view the world of books through a fresh perspective. The golden chance that I’ve been fortunate enough to get and my colleagues gracious enough to put me forward for. Stepping… Continue reading New year, new beginnings – And a new role that I’m truly excited to step into!
“In a gentle way you can shake the world” Power, prowess and tenacity. Even Taimur Lane can’t beat Gandhi at any of these 3. The difference between their methods makes it that much more stark. An unforgettable revolutionary, a passionate leader, a champion of equality and a powerful social-activist clad in khadi ready to change… Continue reading Announcing new virtual event on PragatiE – Seeing life Gandhi’s Lens
Emerging from the immediate doom and gloom, the publishers stood up resiliently to the challenges of Covid-19 and the industry is now laden with countless examples of innovation and resilience. Only a few select publishers (now) are still caught up with complaining about the declining ad revenues and print sales, in reality these issues were… Continue reading Innovation and resilience in the publishing industry after Covid-19
According to recent statistics, the e-books segment is projected to grow $214 in 2020. The revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate of 7.2% and the recorded user penetration has been much higher than predicted earlier (due to the pandemic). In the same light, even India’s audiobook market has witnessed a sharp acceleration… Continue reading Future of Books in the New Normal World
Although this acquisition might be good for the Promoters of both the organizations but I have few concerns: PRH will become the most dominant publisher globally in the Trade Books Market. Most of the organizations who are dominant in the relevant product market and relevant geographic market tend to abuse their position by imposing unfair… Continue reading My thoughts on Penguin House acquiring Simon & Schuster
First and foremost, I would like to express how proud I feel to represent the Indian publishing industry in the International Publishing Association. To begin with, I was more than honoured to be even considered for this role, that my fellow FIP members graciously put me forward for. Their immense support and trust in my… Continue reading Excited to share the news of my victory with you all – Meet the new member of International Publishing Association
Despite the constantly expanding domestic market and largening exports, Indian book publishers are highly worried about the ‘invasion’ by their foreign competitors. As a member of the Indian publishing industry, I can recognise the undue advantage outsiders enjoy in our industry. For one, the government has allowed 100 percent FDI in book publishing since 2000.… Continue reading The Impact of Foreign Invasion on the Indian Publishing Industry
With the surge of e-books and growth of technology to support the trend, electronic publishing has completely taken over traditional publishing. Yet with the convenience and accessibility of an open market, it becomes increasingly difficult to protect your creative work. The Internet has extended book publishers and other content providers a unique way to safely… Continue reading How Important Are Copyright Laws in the Publishing Industry?
“Education is the most powerful weapon, one can use to change the world’ Passed after a long wait, the new education policy is all set to change the way students learn in India, hopefully for the better. The policy proposes many updations in the education framework, from rote learning to a more ‘experiential and critical… Continue reading How Nep ( New Education Policy) Will Change the Future in the Next Coming 10 Years
Covid-19 has hit the publishing industry in a drastic way, it has pushed publishers, readers, writers to change their old ways, step up and innovate. The same has been witnessed when it comes to book fairs, publishers have tried very hard to revive the industry and bring back some relief to the upended scene right… Continue reading Will Virtual Fairs Revive the Pandemic Hit Publishing Industry?
Exciting news for readers all over the world! The Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair will be held virtually this time on Nov 13-15. Since 2013, this annual event has grown to become one of the most popular fairs across younger audiences in the Asia- Pacific region. Which is why it’s a major milestone that instead… Continue reading Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair Goes Virtual! Is This a New Trend!
The publishing industry is yet to re-invent itself to adapt to the pervasiveness and the possibilities the Internet has to offer. Over the past few years global publishers have found their way into increasingly monetized content, and I feel it’s time that Indian publishers follow suit too. The only obstacles to the successful monetization of… Continue reading Emerging Key Trends: How to Monetise Content Digitally?