Publishing News [National]

Children’s literature festival Bookaroo has won the International Excellence Award in the Literary Festivals category at the London Book Fair 2017. Launched in 2008, it is organised in different Indian cities, inviting speakers from various countries to speak to children to encourage them to read more. The festival also runs an outreach programme called Bookaroo in the City.

Chikankari is one of the finest traditional embroideries of India, a symbol of Lucknawi culture and elegant courts of the nawabs of Awadh. Chikankari appeared in Lucknow in the late 18th century and its exquisite aesthetic and craftsmanship has sustained the tradition to this day, through changing patronage and market trends.

Chikankari: A Lucknawi Tradition, authored by Paola Manfredi and published by Niyogi Books was officially launched at New Delhi in the presence of activist, author and Indian handicrafts curator Jaya Jaitly; along with fashion designer and film producer Meera Ali and renowned filmmaker, fashion designer, poet and artist Muzaffar Ali.

This beautifully illustrated book showcases unknown gems from personal and public collections, and brings to life the history of this unique craft tradition. The various chapters describe the mysterious origins of the craft, the range of costumes, the inspirations behind it motifs, the time-honored elaborate production process, and the bewildering array of stitches that raised this craft to a truly exceptional art form.

On the sidelines of the recent New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) 2017, Parragon Publishing India released three new titles—Window to Success and Make in India by Sunil Kumar Gupta; and The Spirit of Chhattisgarh by Amit Pasricha & Nirad Grover. The first two are from the publisher’s Business Series while the third one from Spirit Series. “Our books are categorised under different ‘Series’ as per the topics or subjects,” said Vineet Sharma, MD, Indian Subcontinent & Middle East. Having been in the industry for 29 years, Parragon, being one of the largest licensed publishers in the world, represents renowned international brands such as Walt Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, among others.

Author Sunil Kumar Gupta is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). His new book Window to Success is an insight into the micro, small and medium enterprises sector while Make in India, as the title says it all, is a compendium of existing business opportunities in India. “Both my new books are on the rising business opportunities in India; the chapters narrate about making our country a global manufacturing hub to create employment opportunities,” mentioned Sunil Kumar.

Photographer and panoramist Amit Pasricha tells story through vivacious photos of tribal arts, landscapes and architectural wonders in his book The Spirit of Chhattisgarh. The photo book reinforces readers to explore the undiscovered treasures of the country. Present as guests at the book launch event were Maj Gen PN Ananthanarayana, DDG EM (GS&C), MGO Branch, Ministry of Defense, Government of India; Dinesh Verma, fellow member, ICAI; and painter & artist Sanjay Bhattacharyya.

Referring the buzz about the dying of printed books, Vineet Sharma said, “It’s not going that way; publishers still produce physical books and love for books still linger among readers. We are the living example of this.” He added such joie de vivre of physical books was seen at the NDWBF 2017, right from the day one of the fair. Over the last three years, Parragon Publishing India has released more than 700 new titles.

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.