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Mumbai based Crossword – India’s leading bookstore, hosted an interactive session with author Amitav Ghosh, who spoke about the third installment of Ibis Trilogy named Flood of Fire. The author read excerpts from the book and showcased a small documentary put together by Amitav himself. The session was followed by a book signing for his fans.

Ricoh India organised a road show on July 24, 2015 at Hotel Courtyard Marriott, Ahmedabad. The event was inaugurated jointly by JP Yadav of Pixel Print Shop; Chirantan Gandhi, Surat and Mudresh Purohit of Surya Offset.

Product demonstration was the main attraction point for the customers where the response was overwhelming for Ricoh Pro C 7100X and Ricoh Aficio MPW 2401/3601 machines from visitors. Ricoh Pro C 7100X cutsheet printer has a new 5th colour station, including clear gloss and white toner offering new applications and delivering a premium finish. It can print up to 90 pages per minute. Its support for textured media, envelopes, cling film and transparent media opens up opportunities for light packaging, demo packaging, direct mail, books, brochures and business cards.

While, Ricoh Aficio MPW 2401/3601 is a multi-function wide format printer, which can print with peak print speeds of up to 4.4 ppm (A1) and 2.4 ppm (A0) on a surprisingly compact footprint.

OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and canada viagra no prescription other subject areas to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.

OCLC has agreements in place with more than 180 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with the following providers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine segment: American Society of Civil Engineers, BMJ Publishing Group, EAGE (European Association of Geophysicists and Engineers), Informa Healthcare, SAE International, SPIE. In Open Access and Multi-Discipline Content Providers, they have tied up with, Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), Directory of Open Access Journals, Érudit, Korean Studies Information (KSI), OpenEditions, Project Euclid, Publishing Technology PLC, and Rittenhouse Book Distributors.

Metadata from some of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services based on individual agreements.

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is out, in which Indian author Anuradha Roy’s Sleeping on Jupiter is also on the list. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and click now Frances Osborne. The judges considered 156 books for this year’s prize. This is the second year that the prize, first awarded in 1969, has been open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

Previously, the prize was open only to authors from the UK & The Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. The 2015 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is: Bill Clegg (US) - Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape); Anne Enright (Ireland) - The Green Road (Jonathan Cape); Marlon James (Jamaica) - A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications); Laila Lalami (US) - The Moor's Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing); Tom McCarthy (UK) - Satin Island (Jonathan Cape); Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) - The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press); Andrew O’Hagan (UK) - The Illuminations (Faber & Faber); Marilynne Robinson (US) - Lila (Virago); Anuradha Roy (India) - Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus); Sunjeev Sahota (UK) - The Year of the Runaways (Picador); Anna Smaill (New Zealand) - The Chimes (Sceptre); Anne Tyler (US) - A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) and Hanya Yanagihara (US) - A Little Life (Picador).

The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 15 at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor while the 2015 winner will then be announced on October 13 in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world.

With a view to facilitate wider dissemination of digital publishing technology and innovations, National Book Trust, India signed an MoU with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), a scientific society under Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, which is the India Host Office of World Wide Web Consortium, (W3C), the main international standards organisation for the World Wide Web (abbreviated WWW or W3).

Mooted as a programme under the ‘Digital India’ initiatives of the Government of India, the MoU enables NBT to become a W3C global member for the purpose of participation in the W3C Consortium activities nationally and internationally, more specifically the "Digital Publishing Interest Group" (DPUB IG), web accessibility and levitra online no prescription issues other open web platform technologies. The MoU to this effect was exchanged between Dr Rita Chowdhury, director, National Book Trust, India and Dr Mahesh Kulkarni, associate director, HoD GIST & WDG, country manager - W3C India in the presence of Baldeo Bhai Sharma, chairman, National Book Trust, India.

Speaking on the occasion, Baldeo Bhai Sharma, chairman, National Book Trust, India, said, “With this MoU, a new chapter is starting in the activities of NBT and this will enable us to meet the expectations of the publishers in terms of the role of a facilitator that we are supposed to play. NBT will act as a bridge between digital publishing technology innovators and digital publishing end users like publishers.”

Describing it “As an important day for NBT,” Dr Rita Chowdhury, director, NBT, said, “National Book Trust, India will endeavour to add new dimensions to Indian publishing in collaboration with C-DAC/W3C. NBT will organise workshops with publishers of different languages so that a healthy atmosphere of sharing of ideas on these new areas of publishing could be created.”