Books & Publishing
Books on India's publishing industry are few and far between. This is ironic for an industry considered both vibrant and with growth potential in a country that sees its future as a knowledge economy. This book is a one-of-a-kind endeavour to bridge the gap.
In this book, a multitude of insiders - all from within India's enduring publishing establishments, emerging niches and the surrounding ecosystem - share views, trends and stories on Indian publishing. It covers, in interviews and short essays, key themes and issues facing India's vibrant book business across various genres and languages: from children's publishing to academic books; novels to encyclopaedias and illustrated books; key Indian languages as well as literatures in translation.
Local and regional publishers, independents, multinational companies and family-run concerns all sit within its covers, alongside burgeoning self-publishing and appbased publishing innovators. In the process, there is some navel-gazing as well as blue-sky thinking by over 65 contributors. The book captures a multiplicity of views and allows both the overlaps and contradictions to stay, based as they are on the experiences of people who are insiders in this industry, by either profession or birth or both.
Nitasha Devasar, who has edited this thought-provoking book, notes that technology has transformed and continues to transform academic publishing by putting users at the forefront of the process and providing scope for continual value addition. First, it was book production that became faster, flexible and eventually cheaper. Then, it was delivery with the advent of online stores.
The book is lucid and informative, with emphasis on individual and organisational journeys and views and does not aim to be comprehensive. It offers, for the first time, a frame for India's publishing business that can be used to listen and be heard in an increasingly-volatile and changing external environment. Authors, editors and publishers will find in it much to know, debate and share. It has to be read by all those who read, write and publish.