Publishing News [National]

On the sidelines of the recent New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) 2017, Parragon Publishing India released three new titles—Window to Success and Make in India by Sunil Kumar Gupta; and The Spirit of Chhattisgarh by Amit Pasricha & Nirad Grover. The first two are from the publisher’s Business Series while the third one from Spirit Series. “Our books are categorised under different ‘Series’ as per the topics or subjects,” said Vineet Sharma, MD, Indian Subcontinent & Middle East. Having been in the industry for 29 years, Parragon, being one of the largest licensed publishers in the world, represents renowned international brands such as Walt Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, among others.

Author Sunil Kumar Gupta is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). His new book Window to Success is an insight into the micro, small and medium enterprises sector while Make in India, as the title says it all, is a compendium of existing business opportunities in India. “Both my new books are on the rising business opportunities in India; the chapters narrate about making our country a global manufacturing hub to create employment opportunities,” mentioned Sunil Kumar.

Photographer and panoramist Amit Pasricha tells story through vivacious photos of tribal arts, landscapes and architectural wonders in his book The Spirit of Chhattisgarh. The photo book reinforces readers to explore the undiscovered treasures of the country. Present as guests at the book launch event were Maj Gen PN Ananthanarayana, DDG EM (GS&C), MGO Branch, Ministry of Defense, Government of India; Dinesh Verma, fellow member, ICAI; and painter & artist Sanjay Bhattacharyya.

Referring the buzz about the dying of printed books, Vineet Sharma said, “It’s not going that way; publishers still produce physical books and love for books still linger among readers. We are the living example of this.” He added such joie de vivre of physical books was seen at the NDWBF 2017, right from the day one of the fair. Over the last three years, Parragon Publishing India has released more than 700 new titles.

MBD Group, one of the leading education companies in India with over 6 decades of experience, launched a new line of Virtual Reality based content and device. According to Monica Malhotra Kandhari, managing director, MBD Group, “MBD’s new high quality, interactive 3D virtual reality simulations will be made available for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to make their concepts clear. Apart from the Group’s own VR device, MBD’s VR content is compatible with all other leading VR devices like Samsung Gear, Oculus Rift etc., for wider accessibility.” As part of its virtual reality initiative, MBD will also be developing interactive walk throughs such as the solar system, the zoo and other educational objects/environments. Also, the Group will be unveiling pocket-friendly MBD branded VR devices which will help in students to enjoy learning in the virtual world.

Apart from VR content & device, MBD also introduced their e-book store/portal. Initially, the e-book portal will have books for K-12 segment, covering all states, all subjects and all major boards. Moving forward, students can also access vocational and skill development books from the portal.

At the recently concluded Printpack India 2017 in New Delhi, Ricoh India showcased Ricoh Pro 8200, a new black-and-white engine for book printing applications. RICOH Pro 8200 can print, copy or scan brochures, proposals, presentations and more with speed, ease and precision – without dedicated operator assistance.

Ricoh Pro 8200 series enables print service providers to manage varied content in books and brochures through providing multiple production sizes. It can handle a wide variety of substrates. With speeds of up to 136 ppm, the series offers 1,200 x 4,800 dpi print on a wide variety of media, including coated media. It supports NCR and pre-printed media too.

The company also showcased a 5-colour engine with the special colour - Neon Yellow - allowing print service providers to produce highly creative, eye-catching value-added print.

Described as the ‘kumbh of literary festivals’, the 10th edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival was successfully held from January 19-23, 2017 at Diggi Palace, Jaipur. Over 400 world leading names and minds in the fields of fiction and non-fiction writing created a feast of words in the Pink City, including Javed Akhtar, Ashwin Sanghi, Lila Azam Zanhaneh, Prasoon Joshi, Richard Flanagan, Luke Harding, Bibek Debroy, Paul Beatty, Mallika Dua, Hardeep Singh Puri, Hyeonseo Lee, Alan Hollinghurst and Shashi Tharoor.

The authors invited to ZEE JLF 2017 represented writing in 30 languages and both ZEE JLF and its sister event Jaipur BookMark had a focus on the undervalued art of translation and the cultural benefits of sharing literature from around the world.

Jaipur BookMark also organised the second Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, which was won by designer Pinaki De for the book Kalkatta by Kunal Basu. A second prize was awarded at Jaipur BookMark this year, the Vani Foundation Distinguished Translator Award to well known translator, poet, writer and critic Dr Anamika.

Next year, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will run from January 19-23, 2018. The Festival has already announced a handful of writers lined up for next year including Amy Tan, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Dipanker Gupta, Davesh Soneji, Graham Swift, Hari Kunzru, Ian McEwan, Mario Vargas Llosa, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Palin, Neil Gaiman, PJ Harvey, Rohinton Mistry, Sunita Narain, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Zadie Smith.

Three Leaves Books International, a unit of Lajwanti Group, is a celebrated publisher and distributor of children’s school and reference books full of fun and knowledge. Getting constant accreditations and awards for their excellence in publication of widely acclaimed academic titles, the company has recently been honoured with five prestigious awards including the First Prize for Best Production 2016 from The Federation of Indian Publishers during the Delhi Book Fair 2016. Moreover, they also bagged four awards at the Beijing International Book Fair 2016 and seven at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2016 in Singapore.

Headquartered in Delhi, the company is run under the aegis of four prolific directors—Yash Chhabra, Rita Chhabra, Lakshya Chhabra and Kanika Chhabra—who take up diverse roles in bringing up the publishing firm to a global level. Over the years, Three Leaves has been a regular participant in every leading book fair at both domestic and international levels—latest being their landmark presence in the Sharjah International Book Fair 2016 in UAE. Kanika is at the helm when it comes to the company’s successful participation in the reputed book fairs in India and abroad. Highly commended academic books from this internationally reputed publisher are for Nursery to Class X students.