Publishing News [National]

With the advent of latest and exceedingly advanced technology in digitization, the book publishing industry has entered a modernistic phase and touching new altitudes by publishing ebooks. Print media, digital media and various other networks are the torchbearers in promoting and creating new market placed for such products. It is through them that school, college and university libraries along with other institutions have realized the advantages of ebooks.

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 they are participating in various library events, besides major national and international book fairs around the world including New Delhi World Book Fair, London Book Fair, Beijing International Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair.

Recently elib4u sponsored and participated in TERI-ICDL 2016 conference where Dr Ajay Mathur, director general of TERI and Donna Scheeder, president, IFLA, showed their interest in elib4u platform.

At the New Delhi World Book Fair 2017, their stall witnessed overwhelming response, where they exhibited their ebooks and ejournals portal for libraries and publishers. Many librarians from universities, colleges and even students approached to get elib4u access in their educational institutions.

Colouring – this simple activity that may well be something almost everyone remembers fondly from one’s childhood. This activity is now resurfacing as a trend as adults are coming to love, and Adult Colouring Books find themselves on more and more bestsellers’ lists throughout the world. These books are not only a fun way to relax but also helping people reduce stress and boost their mental clarity.

Dreamland Publications have come up with the following Adult Colouring Books’ titles: ‘Rejuvenate Yourself’, ‘Refreshing Mandala’, ‘Extreme Copy Colour’, ‘Mysteries Colouring’, and ‘Creative Doodle Colouring’. These books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfilment and provide hours of fun, making the person forget his/her worries and feel relaxed.

These creative colouring books unwind and unleash one’s inner creativity. The beautiful patterns and designs are printed on a single page with the reverse left blank so the colours do not bleed through. They are perfect whether you chose to colour with coloured pencils, sketch pens or water colours.

Colouring, the gentle activity replaces negative thoughts, helps the brain to focus on the present and achieve mindfulness. So let's take a few minutes out from your day, wherever you are, pick your brushes or colour pencils/pens and get started to colour your way to peace and calm.

Serendipity and the American Dream, authored by Dr Mannan Dwivedi and published by Pentagon Press was launched in the presence of major laureates in JNU. Launched at the high time, at the contemporary period of time, when American politics taking a jig with a new set of power transfer, the book precisely sheds light on the USA’s foreign policy and politics. The book was unveiled by Prof. M Jagdish Kumar, Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Ramesh C Gaur, and Rajan Arya, the CEO of Pentagon Press. Talking about the serendipity, Prof Chintamani Mahapatra, stated, “It was just amazing to see a young student writing something personally experienced in USA.”

Pentagon Press has recently released a new title Saviors and Fools, authored by James Rinaldi, who has devoted the last 20 years of his life to the people of the Himalayas. As director of Himalayan Aid, he has worked extensively with transiting Tibetans as they made their way through Nepal and onwards to India. Saviours and Fools serves as a comprehensive document of Rinaldi’s efforts on behalf of Tibetans and presents a unique perspective that only his two decades of experience can provide.

Over the next few years, Rinaldi will look to continue the conversation started by Saviours and Fools and to supporting programs that assist Tibetans towards a future of self determination under India’s partnering leadership.

The sixth edition of the IHC Indian Languages Festival was successfully held from November 5-7, 2016, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The theme for 2016 – Language as Public Action- explored the responsibility of the creative individual who speaks out in public.

Referring to Amartya Sen's insistence on a departure from the existing theories of justice to converge human hope and history, Rizio Yohannan Raj, creative director, ILF Samanvay, said, "ILF Samanvay too is a departure of sorts-- from the existing Lit fest formats. It is an intimation of our conviction that it is no longer possible for us to just long for a happy democracy of languages and keep hoping in a transcendentalist manner. We must work with the idea of language, functions of language, forms of language, traps of language, currents of language—and this work must be anchored in thinking—responsible yet non-linear thinking. A sort of thinking that must invoke the character of light—at once particle in a specific time-space, and a wave in the larger history of civilization.”