Publishing News [National]

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.

Daniell Comes to Judgement, authored by Keki N. Daruwalla and published by Niyogi Books was recently launched in New Delhi The book is a collection of short stories by Daruwalla, the acclaimed poet-cum novelist at his very best. There are new stories here written especially for this book in a span of less than two months and perennial favourites [of vintage worth] still relevant in today’s changed times. The collection showcases the author’s enduring range.