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The IIMA Business Book series is the publishing programme of the country’s top business school. The books are written by the overnight levitra generic faculty of IIMA using their research, experience and teachings in the classroom and published by Random House. The series aims to explain key business and management concepts to a general audience clearly and accessibly, using Indian examples, case studies and contexts.

The first four titles of the series are — Strategies for Growth by Atanu Ghosh, The Persuasive Manager by MM Monippally, Business and Intellectual Property by Anurag K Agarwal and i use it Managers Who Make a Difference by TV Rao.

On behalf of the honourable James Moore, minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Lee Richardson, member of parliament (Calgary Centre), announced funding for Broadview Press. “The Canadian book publishing industry is a major contributor to Canada’s economy, contributing thousands of jobs to the arts and culture sector,” said minister Moore, adding, “Our Government supports Canadian authors and publishers to ensure that this sector remains strong and that readers everywhere continue to have access to talented Canadian authors and their works.”

Broadview Press, founded in the year 1985, is a publisher of academic books in the humanities and social sciences. Through its literary imprint, Freehand Books, it also publishes fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $243,154 through the ‘Support for Publishers’ funding stream of the Canada Book Fund (CBF). The principal objective of the CBF is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a viable Canadian book industry that publishes and confidence markets Canadian-authored books.

On November 10, at 1 pm, 200 bloggers simultaneously published reviews of 200 books printed on eco-friendly paper to raise consumer awareness about considering the environment when making book purchases. This year’s participation of both bloggers and books has doubled from the event’s inception last year by Eco-Libris.

The 200 books reviewed were in a variety of subjects including cooking, poetry, travel, green living, and history, and come from 56 publishers from the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK that are participating in the Green Books Campaign. This diversified group of publishers includes both small and large presses who all print books on recycled and/or FSC-certified paper.

Participating publishers included Penguin  Group, Scholastic, Barefoot Books, McClelland & Stewart, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, Sterling Publishing, DK Publishing, Harvard Business Press, Island Press, North Atlantic Books, McGraw-Hill, ABRAMS and Picador, among others.

Nielsen Book recently launched BookScan India. The Nielsen BookScan service is the world’s largest continuous book sales tracking service operating in the UK, Ireland, Australia, US, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and Denmark. It is estimated the click now panel covers over 50 percent of organised book sales in India and by the end of 2010, in a typical week, the panel will measure over 55,000 different titles, with a combined sales volume of over 5,00,000 units and value of Rs 12 crore (approx £1.7million) a week.

BookScan sales data will be available to subscribing clients and participating retailers on a weekly basis just six working days after the measured period ends, via BookScan Online, the company’s flexible, web-based analysis tool. The panel launches with 24 booksellers including independents, medium and large chains and online retailers which include: Full Circle, Landmark, Reliance Time Out and Flipkart.

According to Richard Knight, operations director for Nielsen Book, “We are looking forward to providing Indian publishers and booksellers with the same timely, business critical information that their counterparts in other countries are familiar with and value so highly. This new service will play a significant part in the continuing growth of the Indian book market.”