Publishing News [National]

The sixth edition of the IHC Indian Languages Festival was successfully held from November 5-7, 2016, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The theme for 2016 – Language as Public Action- explored the responsibility of the creative individual who speaks out in public.

Referring to Amartya Sen's insistence on a departure from the existing theories of justice to converge human hope and history, Rizio Yohannan Raj, creative director, ILF Samanvay, said, "ILF Samanvay too is a departure of sorts-- from the existing Lit fest formats. It is an intimation of our conviction that it is no longer possible for us to just long for a happy democracy of languages and keep hoping in a transcendentalist manner. We must work with the idea of language, functions of language, forms of language, traps of language, currents of language—and this work must be anchored in thinking—responsible yet non-linear thinking. A sort of thinking that must invoke the character of light—at once particle in a specific time-space, and a wave in the larger history of civilization.”

Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched Oxford Advantage, an integrated learning solution that will provide schools with a comprehensive educational tool kit that will serve as an end-to-end solution for their various educational needs. Aligned to the CBSE board curriculum, its holistic approach includes curriculum content both in print and digital mediums. It also includes lesson plans, question banks, test generator, teacher training and professional development modules, assessment tools for use in school and at home, apps for students, teachers and parents and provision for reports among other features help track the students’ progress throughout the academic year.

International Publishers Association (IPA) is a nodal federation of more than 60 publishers’ associations from 50 countries including India. The association has announced that its 32nd International Publishers Congress will be organised at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on February 11-13, 2018, hosted by the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP), its member in India. This is second time IPA has brought the congress to India, first was in the year 1992.

According to Ashok Gupta, honorary general secretary, FIP, "This is a great opportunity for Indian publishers to participate and understand the global publishing issues. It will be a knowledgeable platform for discussion on topics like copyright law, freedom of publishing, role of digital technology, future of publishing, impact of IT on K-12 publishing and more. It will also be a good platform to meet and network with international publishers."

Headquartered in Geneva, IPA represents the interests of the global publishing industry through international forums and events. Since its inception in 1896, IPA has been tackling constant issues faced by publishers across the globe as protection and defense of copyright is one of the association’s main objectives. Moreover, the association stands for the creation of a common network for publishers to exchange views and boost business, while promoting literacy and reading habit among people.

FICCI, along with Kochi International Book Festival (KIBF), organised a Seminar on Publishing on December 9, 2016 at BTH Bharath Hotel Auditorium, Kochi.

The inaugural session was addressed by Dr. K. Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India; EN Nandakumar, president, Kochi International Book Festival 2016; and Vikrant Mathur, director – South Asia, Nielsen India.

Dr. Sreenivasarao emphasised the need to spread awareness among authors about their rights and freedom. While, Vikrant Mathur, director – South Asia, Nielsen India, made a presentation on the “Publishing sector in India.”

Sumeet Gupta, director, FICCI, delivered the welcome address. He highlighted the role that FICCI is playing in the promotion of the publishing sector, both domestically and at international forums.

The session on the “Future of Indian Publishing: Author’s Perspective”, was chaired by Rubin D' Çruz, senior Malayalam editor and in-charge, Kochi Book Promotion Centre, NBT, Ministry of HRD, GoI. The session witnessed speeches of renowned Malayalam authors like Sethu Madhavan, George Joseph K and Resmi Jaimon.

R Gopalakrishnan, former secretary, Kerala Sahitya Akademi and moderated the session on “Printing Technology: Emerging Trends”. The session witnessed representation from print and technology companies like Xerox and Fujifilm.

Savio Mathew, head – FICCI Kerala State Council delivered the vote of thanks. More than 100 participants attended the seminar.

Niyogi Books, in cooperation with Matrix Duo, released My Red Butterfly, the debut book of Avinash Pushkarna, the additional commissioner of customs, Central Excise and Service Tax. Dignitaries present at the launch included Delhi’s former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Antara Dev Sen (daughter of Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen) and Bikash D Niyogi of Niyogi Books.

In the book which he has completed in seven years, he has tried to take readers in the love saga of 80’s and 90’s, a time when letters were being used as a sole messenger by the lovers as well as Bollywood songs were used to film in a peculiar suaveness. The whole story swirls around the protagonist Rohit who started loving a girl at a tender age of 16 while aspiring to be a doctor. A very heart-warming touching story, My Red Butterfly is just like an old red wine served fresh.