Publishing News [National]

The second edition of Yes Bank Kumaon Literary Festival will be organised from October 11-15, 2016. It is a flagship initiative of NHP Centre and an annual international “retreat” and “travelling” literature festival of the country. Last year’s first edition of the success which started at Dhanachuli and culminated at Nainital was seen as an unprecedented success.

This year’s festival is scheduled to be held at two different locations which include the Jim’s Jungle Retreat in Jim Corbett National Park and Te Aroha Dhanachuli. The festival is part of a larger vision to develop Dhanachuli into a model cultural village. The festival shall play host to many famous names from the world of literature, publishing, cinema and politics.

Leading university press - Oxford University Press – has launched Epigeum, a leading provider of online courses in India. Epigeum, originally a spin-off from the Imperial College London is the leading provider of exceptional online courses designed to help universities and colleges transform their core activities - in teaching, research, studying and leadership and management.

The week-long Noida-Greater Noida Book Fair was organised by National Book Trust (NBT), India at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida from September 12-18, 2016. More than100 publishers including NBT, Sahitya Akademi, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Diamond publications, were present at the show.

The Noida-Greater Noida Book Fair was no less than a treat as multiple stalls were offering English and Hindi pulp fiction novels at cheap rates. Classics of Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake and William Shakespeare as well as novels by Dan Brown, Nicholas Sparks and Robert Ludlum were available for young readers.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) while inaugurating the Noida-Greater Noida Book Fair said, “Without knowledge, one cannot attain salvation.”

While, Baldeo Bhai Sharma, chairman, NBT opined that the habit of reading has not diminished as a large number of people enthusiastically participate in the book fairs and mobile exhibitions being organised in different corners of the country.

NP Singh, district magistrate, Gautam Buddha Nagar was the chief guest on the occasion. He observed that our ancient texts are the basis of our culture and knowledge. They have played a significant role in passing wisdom from generation to generation.

–GS Jolly

Capexil recently organized a full day event Afro-Asian Book Conclave on Book Publishing and Printing – Opportunities & Challenges in New Delhi. The chief guest to the event was Sunil Kumar IAS, joint secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India.

The welcome address was given by Sukumar Das, chairman, Northern Region, CAPEXIL. While, an overview of Indian printing industry was given by Satish Malhotra, chairman, Paper, Paper Board and Paper Products Panel, CAPEXIL. While, Sandeep Kaushik of Macaw Books gave an insight into children book publishing and Sesh Seshadri of Lonely Planet India Pvt Ltd gave future prospects of the ebook industry.

There were also deliberations & interactive session by ambassador Deepak Vohra and other dignitaries. An interactive Q&A session also regaled the audience.

The verdict for the Delhi University photocopying case (The Chancellor Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford v. Rameshwari Photocopy Services) is out. The Delhi High Court has dismissed the copyright infringement petition initiated in August 2012 by three publishers - Oxford, Cambridge and Taylor & Francis - against a photocopy shop located in the premises of Delhi University. The publishers had filed case against creation of course packs and the photocopying of academic material as it meant infringement of the copyright of the authors and publishers. \

In this context, Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw gave the judgement that copyright is a statutory right and not a natural right, and hence any right that is granted to owners is also limited by exceptions carved out by law.