Industry Activity

Despite being named as the ‘Oxford of the East’ and an educational hub, Pune entered the literary festival scene this year behind the famous Jaipur and Goa fests. The Pune International Literary Festival is the brainchild of Dr Manjiri Prabhu, a writer and an independent filmmaker for television. She holds a doctorate in communication science and has directed more than 200 children TV programmes and more than 50 short fiction and travel films.

This LitFest was held from Sptember 18-20, 2014 and was inaugurated by hon’ble union minister of women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, who also gave a lovely talk on how animal rights is equal to human rights.

It was the effort of the organisers to make the LitFest more meaningful and good choice they took up the cause of environment protection through animal welfare (adopt a street dog and save the tiger). “This vast, national platform will be used to create awareness of the short and long-term benefits of co-existence and to encourage harmony and symbiosis of animals with human beings” stated the PILF organisers.

The LitFest was a melting pot of genres in the literary fields, and saw many first time authors release their books. Sutak by Nadi Palshikar, a lecturer in Pune University witnessed a huge turnout. Medha Deshmukh Bhaskaran’s Frontiers of Karma was released by the police commissioner of Pune Satish Mathur. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang de Basanti book was also launched.

Workshops ranging from ‘using animals as characters’, ‘screenwriting tips’, ‘write your first YA story’, ‘micropoetry’, ‘dos and don’ts of translations’, etc. were spaces of learning, where participants gained much. Discussions such as Fiction is Fiction: Literary versus Popular, Fantasy versus Mythology, The new mantra?, Different Fiction: The Identity Crisis etc. were enriching and informative.

Authors Sudha Menon, Kavita Kane, Rashmi Bansal, Radhika Meghnathan, Ashok Banker added value to the workshops as panelists.

The LitFest also conducted fruitful and cialis in the uk in-depth discussions on such as ‘Corporatisation of Journalism’, ‘The Towering Indians’ witnessed the participation of eminent journalists Vinita Deshmukh, Ramesh Menon and Francois Gautier.

Marathi literature was a major talking point at the LitFest. ‘Kavita Manataali ani Janaatali’ was conducted by Sandeep Khare and Mangesh Waghmare, ‘Kaviteche Geethotana’ by Saleel Kulkarni and Prabha Joshi, ‘Maai Boli’ by Urmila Karad, Deepak Apte and Sanjay Upadhye. Besides, discussions of ‘Marathi Screen Tomorrow’ and ‘Marathi Literature and Publishing Today’ were also conducted.

–Ritu Goyal Harish

Sahitya Akademi is working diligently to promote Indian literature and they are leaving no stone unturned. They recently signed an MoU with DMRC to offer their books at Delhi Metro stations. An update. Sahitya Akademi signs MoU with Delhi Metro

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and the Sahitya Akademi, an organisation functioning under Ministry of Culture, Govt of India for the promotion of Indian Literature signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU was signed at Metro Bhawan by DMRC’s general manager (operations) Vikas Kumar and searches Sahitya Akademi’s secretary Dr K Sreenivasarao.

As a part of this MoU, DMRC will undertake several initiatives, which include allotment of space at two prominent locations (one at Kashmere Gate and one at Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station) to Sahitya Akademi for opening bookshops for a period of three years.

Continuing the mission to promote Indian literature, Sahitya Akademi organised several events.

Vigilance Awareness Week

A Vigilance Awareness Week was organised recently at Sahitya Akademi head office, New Delhi, which generated a huge interest amongst the audience. Dr MA Sikandar, director National Book Trust, India also spoke to the participating audience.

Milarepa greeted

Sahitya Akademi and The International Buddhist Confederation together greeted Milarepa, great yogi and poet. An Introduction to Milarepa's Songs of Awakening was also presented. It was an event to experience the journey to the extraordinary life of Jetsun Milarepa; a life of sincere effort, tireless dedication, and amazing austerity culminating in supremely enlightened wisdom and all-embracing compassion through the most celebrated elements of Milarepa’s songs as spontaneous expression of meditative experience and realisation that served as one of Milarepa's principal methods of instructions.

Book releases and discussions

Besides, Sahitya Akademi Symposium on Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and book release was held in New Delhi and so was book release and discussion on Shantipriya Dwivedi's Rachna Sanchayan.

Observed ‘Swachhta Diwas’

As part of the cleanliness campaign ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ initiated by Government of India, Sahitya Akademi observed ‘Swachhta Diwas’ recently. In a very unique way all members gathered in the open lawn of the campus and took oath. It was followed by symposium and poets' meet on Swachh Bharat.

Other events

Some other events included a play reading session with Dr Atamjit, eminent Punjabi Writer and ‘An Evening of readings’ by Chitra Viraraghavan and Krishna Shastri Devulapalli, popular writers in English.

FICCI in association with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) organised a two-day conference titled “Challenges and Opportunities in the Book Publishing Sector” on August 27–28, 2014, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A few highlights. The two-day conference was inaugurated by Assaduzzaman Noor, hon’ble minister of cultural affairs, Government of Bangladesh. Other dignitaries present during the occasion were Dr Ranjit Kumar Biswas, secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh; Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, president, FBCCI; Jennie Ness, attorney and advisor, Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Monowara Hakim Ali, first vice president, FBCCI, and Rohit Kumar, co-chair, FICCI Publishing Committee and managing director - South Asia, Reed Elsevier India Pvt Ltd. The conference dwelled on issues like book trade between India and Bangladesh, book market in South Asia and opportunities of business, DRM and combating book piracy in the digital age, etc.

Speaking at the occasion, Noor emphasised on cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the areas of books and content. He highlighted that adequate legal measures are needed to stop piracy in the book-publishing sector. He expressed his sincere optimism that the publishing sector will flourish under the impact of new technology. He emphasised that Indian and Bangladesh publishers need to frequent each other’s territories for market development, and for co-publishing books of common interest. This will not only promote scholarship in the two countries, but will also promote authors of creative literature beyond their geographical boundaries.

Piracy and copyright...

The programme had an exclusive agenda of counterfeit and piracy in the book publishing industry. One of the problems highlighted by Noor was of piracy of titles of popular India authors. He equated piracy with an advanced form of organised crime, the existence of which is not acceptable at any cost. For a publisher, he emphasised, books are the product of other people’s talents, skills and investments. He announced that the Government of Bangladesh has set up a special anti-piracy task force, supported by several leading publishers. This will help curb counterfeiting and piracy in books and content. The Government of Bangladesh has recently revised the copyright law and is currently in the process of drafting a cyber law for the country. Further, the government of Bangladesh is working towards the implementation of a revised national book policy, which will be fully enforced before the February 2015 book fair in Dhaka.

While, Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, president, FBCCI, acknowledged FICCI and USPTO for the help and cooperation in bringing forward this important topic. He expressed satisfaction over the fact that with the cooperation of FICCI and FBCCI, a health environment would evolve between India and Bangladesh in the area of book publishing. He thanked FICCI and USPTO for initiating the dialogue between the publishers of both the countries.

Rohit Kumar, co-chair, FICCI Publishing Committee and managing director - South Asia, Reed Elsevier India Pvt Ltd, emphasised the fact that literacy is growing in both the countries and with it the need to publishing content of standard. Providing a brief of the formation of the Copyright Act, he stressed that those present at the conference have some interest in industries that are fuelled by Copyright Act. He further emphasised that all the new media revolution are actually beneficiaries of the Copyright Act. It is important that people, connected with the creative industries, who make a living out of the thriving Copyright Act should be highlighted rather than those who prosper because of the lack of the enforcement of the Act. The biggest challenge that we see in South Asia and other emerging markets is piracy that eats into our ability to do more. He said that the biggest challenge when doing business with Bangladesh is around piracy. He requested the hon’ble minister of culture to help publishers from India and elsewhere with the enforcement of the Copyright Act in Bangladesh. This will make a big difference in how the local economy thrives. “As we move towards digital publishing, we have to ensure that proper rights management systems are adhered to,” he said.

Jennie Ness, attorney and advisor, Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, emphasised that if Bangladesh wants to increase its economic growth, intellectual copyright has a role to play. She gave a presentation on “Copyright Laws in India and Bangladesh and Challenges of Enforcement,” focus on copyright in the digital environment and difficulties of enforcement. She provided a comparative analysis of how copyright laws operate across different territories.

Copyright laws....

The sessions on “Book Trade between India and Bangladesh” and “Copyright Laws in India & Bangladesh and Challenges of Enforcement” was chaired by Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley, chairman, Centre for Development Research, Bangladesh (CDRB) and former minister for information, Govt. of Bangladesh. He pointed to the necessity of cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the important area of books and content. Speakers such as Mohiuddin Ahmed, managing director, The University Press Ltd and SK Ghai, managing director, Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd, further reiterated the importance of this cooperation. They highlighted the need for creating an enabling environment for the publishing sector to thrive. The need to curb piracy and infringement of intellectual property topped the agenda of most of the speakers at the conference.

Concluding note…

The conference concluded with the closing remarks of Dr Ranjit Kumar Biswas, secretary, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh. He stressed on further expanding cooperation between the two countries in this important area.

Delegates from India at the conference

Rohit Kumar, co-chair, FICCI Publishing Committee and managing director (Health Sciences) – South Asia, Reed Elsevier India Pvt Ltd; Jennie Ness, attorney advisor, Office of Policy and External Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office; Kailash Balani, managing director, Balani Infotech Pvt Ltd and Aditya Books Pvt Ltd; SK Ghai, chairman & managing director, Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd, India; Subrata Das, editorial director, Setu Prakashani; Archana Das, partner, Setu Prakashani; Rakesh Nath, managing director, Vishv Books Pvt Ltd, and Delhi Press Patra Prakashan Pvt Ltd; Ratnesh Jha, managing director, Cambridge University Press India Pvt Ltd; Rupin Chopra, IP Atorney, SS Rana & Co; Dr RT Goswami, director, Birla Institute of Technology, Kolkata Campus, Sanjeev Dogra, general manager, Aditya Books Pvt Ltd; Kavita Vijh, commercial specialist for IP, US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO); Shilpi Jha, senior IP counsel- India & South Asia, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); Sumeet Gupta, director, FICCI and Osamazaid Rahman, sr asst director, FICCI.

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2014 has been released. This is the first Man Booker prize to admit novels from across the globe as long as they are written in English. Following much discussion, the six judges chaired by philosopher Anthony Grayling chose 13 books by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish and one Australian writers.

One former Man Booker winner Howard Jacobson, is on the longlist along with two previously shortlisted authors, Ali Smith and David Mitchell. Also on the list are David Nicholls, whose previous novel, One Day, was filmed with Anne Hathaway, and the Anglo-Indian writer Neel Mukherjee.

Following are the selected titles To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking); The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus); We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent's Tail); The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre); J, Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape); The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound); The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre); The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus); Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton); The Dog, Joseph O'Neill (Fourth Estate); Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books); How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton); History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury).

Following extensive consultation the Man Booker trustees decided this year to change the rules which had previously allowed only British and Commonwealth authors to be considered for the prize. New Zealand author Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 prize, commented: "I think it's a really great thing that finally we've got a prize that is an English-language prize that doesn't make a distinction for writers who are writing from a particular country."

The Man Booker, which is awarded to the best novel of the year in the opinion of the judges, is worth £50,000 to the winner.

manroland web systems and HP organised an Open House at their joint customer Hucais Group, Hong Kong. Visitors from China, South East Asia, USA and Australia were impressed by the rapid performance and production flexibility of the digital printing system from HP and also by the FormerLine, the finishing solution from manroland web systems.

Team Hucais Group, HP and manroland web systems.While the number of titles is constantly increasing, the single editions of books are frequently going down. This causes an immense cost pressure on conventional offset book printing presses. At small runs, digital printing cannot only keep up with the costs, but even generate – partly significant – possible savings. A modern digital printing system in connection with the finishing system FormerLine produces complete book blocks within one integrated workflow – if required also pre-glued. Therewith, compared to conventional book production, costs can be saved significantly. As digital printing enables short and minor runs, one can print on demand what also helps putting the costs for logistics, storage and overproduction aside. Hence, digital printed books can be produced and delivered in a flexible and fast way. Ready for dispatch in two days– that is reality with digital printing. New, web-based order systems support the print-on-demand and therewith clear the way for the new business model in book production: large format digital printing presses linked with workflow and finishing solution for industrial production.

Success story: Hucais

With printing sites throughout China, Hucais sets the benchmark in packaging printing. Chen Chengwen, CEO at Hucais, “As a successful packaging printer, we have established digital printing at our company during the last years. We constantly develop our business and invest in future-oriented solutions. With the digital printing presses from HP and the FormerLine from manroland web systems we can remain flexible and support our customers with high-class products that are cost effective – also for small runs.”

One FormerLine – numerous various production possibilities

manroland web systems developed its FormerLine for digital book production on an industrial scale. The system was especially designed regarding the requirements and the intended book production of the customer Hucais. In general, the FormerLine convinces by its variability, enabled by the continuously adjustable cut-off from 145 mm to 420 mm. Together with the lift collator RS 34 from RIMA, the system produces stapled signatures or up to 8,000 glued and stapled book blocks per hour with up to 70 mm magnitude in a highly efficient way and with great performance. According to requirements, Hucais can choose whether the web runs over two or three formers. Therewith 4- to 8-page or 8- to 16-page signatures can be printed and finished to book blocks. The first lines at Hucais are constructed to work with pre-printed reels. For future requirements of book printing also configurations for inline productions will be provided.

Extensive local support from manroland India Pvt Ltd

manroland India Pvt Ltd, a 100 percent subsidiary of manroland web systems, Germany has been active in India for a long period of time and is now fully geared up to extend pre and post-sales support for digital finishing solutions – FormerLine for book production and FoldLine for newspaper production.

According to Pankaj Bhasin, managing director, manroland India has the network of offices pan India and through its trained technical personnel, is in an advantageous position to extend support to our Indian customers involved in the rapidly growing book printing market.