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A new partnership has been announced recently between the British Library and the Library of Birmingham. The two libraries will work together in 2016 on a cultural collaboration, including a special project around the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Bringing together the unique collections and expertise of both institutions, the partnership will test a new way of working between the British Library and public libraries in the UK. The 12-month project will be funded by the British Library Trust.

The new partnership builds on an existing collaboration between the two libraries, offering support and advice services for small businesses and entrepreneurs through the Library of Birmingham’s Business & IP Centre. The Centre, which launched in July 2014, is part of a growing network of facilities in city libraries coordinated by the British Library, whose own Business & IP Centre opened in London in 2006. and DS Publishers will also be exhibiting at the show.

At the Book Expo America (May 27-29, 2015) in Jacob Javits Convention Center, NY, visitors were pleased to visit the stand of India’s leading spiritual publisher - Gita Publishing House as Dada JP Vaswani was present at the stand. Many visitors expressed their amazement at Dada’s long-distance travels and his prolific writing at this advanced stage. The people and the media gathered around him to express their wonder and admiration for him and his achievements. Their stand had been beautifully designed, displaying the 150 publications authored by Dada JP Vaswani.

CAPEXIL is taking a contingent of Indian publishers and printers to Beijing International Book Fair 2015 (to be held from August 26-30, 2015 in Beijing). The exhibitors will include: Om Books International (OBI) (publisher of popular and literary fiction, monographs on art and architecture, photo essays, fashion and lifestyle, biographies, narrative non-fiction, mind, body, spirit and cookery books); Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd (publisher of storybooks, readers, encyclopedias, activity books and puzzles for children, besides self-help guides, books on art and history, cookery books and the classics for the general reader); Jaypee Brother Medical Publishers Pvt Ltd (publishers of the works of eminent KOLs and academicians from every nook and corner of the world); Quixot Multimedia Pvt Ltd (a multifaceted company with excellence in publication of children books for 3-12 years of age, having story books, activity books, board games, puzzles with unmatched quality and concepts in industry), RP Printers (supplier and manufacturer of offset printing multi colour, paper bags, poster printing services, fun time activities books, mono cartons printing and more), Macaw Books (an international publisher of quality children’s books); Tara Books Pvt Ltd (an independent publisher of picture books for adults and children); CBS Publishers & Distributors Pvt Ltd (CBSPD) (publishing-cum-book distribution organization for quality textbooks in medical sciences and technology); Shiv Sagar Publishing Pvt Ltd (publisher of educational children books); and National Book Trust, India (an apex body established by the Government of India (Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development), mandated to publish the classical literature of India, outstanding works of Indian authors in Indian languages and canadian rx cialis enter site their translation from one Indian language to another, translation of outstanding books from foreign languages and outstanding books of modern knowledge for popular diffusion). Besides, National Handicraft Exports, Future Books

Prof Amarjyoti Choudhury, Tezpur University Pro VC, released Seducing the Rain God - a collection of short stories authored by Prof Smriti Kumar Sinha in Bishnupriya Manipuri and translated into English by journalist Ramlal Sinha and published by Niyogi Books. Seducing the Rain God is a collection of fourteen translated short stories, originally written in Bishnupriya Manipuri. Bishnupriya Manipuri, a language almost on the verge of extinction in the 19th century, with the revitalisation initiatives, has emerged as a strong voice from north-eastern India.

Nicknamed Metaphor Che, as author Smriti Sinha is fondly called by the student community in Tezpur University, Prof. Choudhury said that Prof Sinha not only studies Indian literature but the wider spectrum of Indian culture and the Vedas.

‘Sabi, the main character in the title story ‘Seducing the Rain God’, is one of the strongest women characters in Indian literature created by Smriti Kumar Sinha,’ so said Littérateur de renommée Prof Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee who happened to read the book both as manuscript and in printed form before hitting the selves. He was the special guest at the function. He was open in his appraisal of translator Ramlal Sinha’s performance as a translator when he said ‘he (Ramlal Sinha) did fairly good in communicating the original text in Bishnupriya Manipuri into English.’

Here’s a good news for the publishing industry - millennials are more likely to read printed books than e-books, according to new research by publishing services company, Publishing Technology. The survey, which polled 2,000 consumers across the US and UK, aged between 18 and 34, found that in the last year, nearly twice as many respondents had read a print book (71 percent), than an e-book on any device – the closest being a tablet (37 percent). Showing no strong allegiance, young consumers also reported reading e-books on dedicated ereaders (29 percent), mobile phones (27 percent) and personal computers (25 percent).

The personal touch is still of vital importance for millennials who would rather acquire printed books from chain book shops (47 percent) as opposed to online retailers (39 percent). When purchasing e-books, 51 percent of millennials would favour an ereading app with 40 percent acquiring e-books directly from their ereading devices and 19 percent using subscription services.

When it comes to discovering and sharing books, although online communities and cialis softtabs social media play an important role in millennials’ lives, the research shows how essential offline communication is for this young demographic. Millennials mostly discover print and e-books by word of mouth referrals (36 percent), online browsing (26 percent), and social media (24 percent), while 23 percent of those polled reported finding books browsing in brick-and-mortar book shops.

Millennial readers are not a generation of sharers. But they do recommend books and share opinions with their peers via word of mouth (40 percent), social media (26 percent), and online communities (16 percent). This group could be persuaded to read more on electronic devices by price promotions (45 percent), more e-book/print book bundling (26 percent) and shorter content forms (10 percent) or pay-per-chapter e-books (9 percent).

Michael Cairns, Publishing Technology CEO, said, “We undertook this research to better understand the reading habits and test our assumptions about a generation of young people born and raised in the digital era. We were quite surprised to discover that 18-34 year-olds are not as ‘online-only’ as we, in the publishing industry, often assume.”

He continued, “This rising cohort of book-buyers relies on peers for suggestions of what to read, often prefers cheaper, smaller bites that can be shared freely, and revels in the luxury of being able to read whenever and wherever it likes - regardless of format or platform. To engage with these readers now and cultivate them for tomorrow, publishers need to target multiple channels for their content and integrate with this generation’s social lives, both on and offline. And the physical book world and print-based publishing still plays a very active role in this.”