Publishing News [National]

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.”

Afghanistan, Pakistan, India: A Paradigm Shift, authored by Afghan ambassador to India, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, published by Pentagon Press was recently launched in New Delhi. At the launch function, Shivshankar Menon, former National Security Adviser, mentioned that only strong, viable and visible Afghan-India relations could help improve India’s relations with Pakistan. The book explores the past and current relationship between India-Afghanistan and Pakistan; and it further suggests a roadmap for the future. It also sheds light on how the relations among the three countries have been shaped and evolved to date.

Having worked for the Afghan government for 15 years, the author in his book brings out the internal factors which cause instability in Afghanistan. The book extensively talks both about challenges and problems that hinder developments in the region. What the book radically suggests is new thinking and policies based on win-win situation, which the three neighbouring countries can achieve. The landmark launch session of the book was attended by a host of ambassadors (based in New Delhi), former Indian diplomats and MEA officials, bureaucrats, think tanks, among many others.

Elib4u recently sponsored and participated in the Librarian Information Professional Summit (LIPS) 2016 held at Ambedkar University, Delhi. The conference focused on “From Ownership to Access: Leveraging the Digital Paradigm.” Jagdish Arora (director- INFLIBNET) inaugurated the summit and other dignitaries like Dr Shantanu Ganguly (TERI University), S Siva Chidambaram (librarian- AIIMS), Jaideep Sharma (Dep. Of Library Science - IGNOU) graced the occasion by their august presence. They showed keen interest in elib4u platform and quoted this is “Future for New Generation”. elib4u, as an aggregator, is actively propagating its gigantic collection of ebooks it has accumulated from various reputed national and international publishers. It has drawn up a massive campaign through its team of professionals and will be participating in various library events and upcoming book fairs around the world including Beijing International Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.

Bonnier Zaffre has signed a new distribution agreement with Bloomsbury to cover sales of its titles in India and related countries. The deal, which has already come into force, initially covers Bonnier Zaffre's adult imprints Zaffre and Twenty7 and its children's imprint Hot Key Books, with Piccadilly Press added later this year. Bloomsbury India will be responsible for sales, marketing, publicity and distribution in the territory. Rajiv Beri, MD at Bloomsbury India said, "The Bonnier Publishing lists fit in very well with Bloomsbury India's publishing programme as well as strengths. We look forward to working with Bonnier Zaffre in realising the potential of their books in India."