Publishing News [National]

The executive committee meeting of Afro Asian Book Council was recently held in New Delhi to discuss about the Seminar during the New Delhi World Book Fair (January 6–14, 2018) and to discuss the Council’s other programmes.

The Afro-Asian Book Council was set up in New Delhi in February 1990 as a non-profit NGO with the main objective of achieving intellectual self-reliance through mutual assistance and cooperation between Africa and Asia in authorship and publishing.

Storytel India has announced Rajkamal Prakashan Pvt Ltd as their first Hindi partners. Rajkamal Prakashan has published some of the most loved Hindi books over decades. Storytel customers can now exclusively listen to the popular collection from Rajkamal as audio books on the Storytel app. Rajkamal will showcase their books now in audio platform as well. For the book lovers, it’s a delightful news to have a plethora of choices from Rajkamal as their books are available on multiple platform on their website – hardcover, e-books and now with audiobooks. The preview audio samples of the books on the website is similar to reading the preview before buying or choosing to listen to the book.

Rajkamal Prakashan Samuh has put up an eclectic list of books ranging from fiction to travelogue to satire to dalit literature for Storytel listeners. Some of the notable collection includes Raag Darbari by Shrilal Shukla, Aadha Goan by Rahi Masoom Raza, Kashi Ka Assi by Kashinath Singh, Mitron Marjaani by Krishna Sobti, Joothan by Omprakash Valmiki, Chaak by Maitreyi Pushpa and Aazadi Mera Brand by Anuradha Beniwal amongst other prominent authors and titles.

Storytel India has content in three languages, English, Hindi and Marathi. The launch catalogue is continuously expanding and currently has more than 500 audio titles including 230+ Marathi titles, 115+ Hindi titles apart from the continuously added English titles. In addition to this, Storytel will also include select e-books.

Dainik Jagran is going to start ‘Gyanvritti’ to promote research in original writing in Hindi. ‘Gyanvritti’ will give opportunity to scholar to do research in subjects like History, Political Science, Social Science, and Economics etc. Scholars can apply online for this fellowship program only. Applicants can send their entries by writing synopsis in a thousand words in related topics.

The selected scholar will get scholarship minimum for six months and maximum for nine months. ‘Gyanvritti’ will follow international standard to give seventy five thousand per month. Dainik Jagran will also help in publishing that book and give copyright to the scholar.

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Karan Mago,Om Prakash Mago, Anita,Tisca, Ajay, Sanjay MagoOm Book Shop along with Bent Chair Café celebrated the launch of Delhi’s Biggest Bookshop Café at New Delhi. Alongside,bestselling author Anita Kumar’s book Cappuccino Confessions was launched by Tisca Chopra & Shakun Batra. The author also shared her experience of writing her second book of fiction after her previous bestseller Delhi Anything Goes.

The collaboration between Bent Chair and Om Book Shop was a sweet surprise for all those who are fascinated by the culture of book cafes. With an experience of over fifty years in the realm of literature, Om Book Shop is a renowned name amongst book lovers and Bent Chair’s quirky home decor products have won hearts amongst its industry peers, introducing the quirky concept of incorporating a cafe and a home accessory store within a bookstore.

The 4th edition of Publishers Training Programme for Young Professionals was held on December 1-2, 2017 at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi. This edition was all about safeguarding and commercialization of content. It was two days of intensive learning and hands-on training where the participants were encouraged to rethink their backlist and contracts from an IP perspective.

The participants’ preparation had started in advance. All participants were sent reading material to familiarize themselves with the topics to be covered during the course of the programme, along with a list of questions that they could ponder over in relation to their own content/organisation/business.

DAY 1 saw a classroom of 29 participants with a diverse mix of young as well as senior publishing professionals, authors and business management students. The programme started with a welcome note by GBO Director Prashasti Rastogi.The first session, Harvest your IP, was led by expert Vivek Mehra, CEO, SAGE Publications India. Keeping in mind the audience of authors and young publishing professionals, he began with the very basics of copyright, and over the session, built their understanding of the intricacies of rights and licensing by citing multiple case studies. While, Sahil Sethi, a senior law professional from Saikrishna and Associates, addressed all publishing-related legal queries of the participants, and shared with them a case study of the famous Delhi University photocopy copyright case.

The second half of the day kickstarted with Carolin Ulrich’s session Book as a Springboard: the potential of product transformation. Carolin is a creative engineer from Berlin, and she discussed books-related product transformation examples from Germany. She spoke at length about the successes and failures of such ventures, encouraging the participants to think about the parameters one should keep in mind while thinking of product transformation.

The final session of the day, Accelerating Global Rights Trading, took the participants back into the domain of rights and licensing. The session was led by Martin Jack, senior sales manager, IPR License, UK. He spoke about the ease of global rights trade in today’s day and age with platforms like IPR License, and the monetization potential that lies within global rights trading.All sessions were interspersed and followed by a Q&A session.

The constitution of participants and the execution of the training was one of the highlights of the workshop on Day 2. The participants were divided into six groups: each group consisted of three publishing professionals, one author and one business manager. In the role of business managers were management students from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.

The day began with a brief recap from the three experts, following which the task was explained in detail to the participants. Each group had to choose one product from their backlist and build a business pitch for it. They were asked to focus on product transformation potential, rights and licensing parameters, capital and human resource, product pricing, target audience, and marketing strategy. The groups worked for four hours to create their pitches with inputs and guidance from the experts. For the final stage of the programme, the groups presented their pitches, addressed questions and received feedback from other groups and the experts.

The groups built their pitches around different kinds of content, varying from a children’s book series to a book-reading app. One of the groups has been offered, by session expert Vivek Mehra, a platform for actualizing the business idea they came up with as a part of this training.

The Publishers Training Programme for Young Professional, yet again proved to be a valuable, fruitful training ground as well as a space for the people in the publishing industry to meet and collaborate with like-minded professionals.