Publishing News [National]

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.

The management of NEW AGE International Publishers, a leading publisher of educational text and reference material, has acquired a major stake in, the online platform for the digital content.

elib4U is a digital platform aggregating and distributing a wide variety of e-books and e-journals from publishers across the globe to libraries worldwide. Setting off by selling e-content in India, elib4U will also gradually start marketing abroad.

The management & marketing team of NEW AGE will mentor and guide the elib4U team at the back end. However, elib4U will remain independent in its operations for growth.

Established in 1966, NEW AGE is the leading vertically integrated publishing company with rich content varying from Kindergarten to Postgraduate level books, with head office in New Delhi and 10 other offices across major cities in India along with global presence in London and Nairobi. Its strong team of more than 100 marketing professionals will initially market across libraries all over India and abroad to kick start the elib4U operations in full force.

Saumya Gupta, managing director, NEW AGE commented, “Looking at the quality of world class content at elib4U, we strive to make the platform a successful library model. The talented team of marketing professionals aims to steer the long term growth of elib4U.”

Confident that this move is in the right direction, team elib4U shared their thoughts and said, “The knowledge of the pool of content that exists at elib4U has to reach the target libraries and the end users. We are extremely happy to have the management of NEW AGE International as our mentor as well as marketing partner. We are confident that this is a step in the right direction and will help us stand a strong ground in the market place.”