Publishing News [National]

Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched Oxford Advantage, an integrated learning solution that will provide schools with a comprehensive educational tool kit that will serve as an end-to-end solution for their various educational needs. Aligned to the CBSE board curriculum, its holistic approach includes curriculum content both in print and digital mediums. It also includes lesson plans, question banks, test generator, teacher training and professional development modules, assessment tools for use in school and at home, apps for students, teachers and parents and provision for reports among other features help track the students’ progress throughout the academic year.

International Publishers Association (IPA) is a nodal federation of more than 60 publishers’ associations from 50 countries including India. The association has announced that its 32nd International Publishers Congress will be organised at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi on February 11-13, 2018, hosted by the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP), its member in India. This is second time IPA has brought the congress to India, first was in the year 1992.

According to Ashok Gupta, honorary general secretary, FIP, "This is a great opportunity for Indian publishers to participate and understand the global publishing issues. It will be a knowledgeable platform for discussion on topics like copyright law, freedom of publishing, role of digital technology, future of publishing, impact of IT on K-12 publishing and more. It will also be a good platform to meet and network with international publishers."

Headquartered in Geneva, IPA represents the interests of the global publishing industry through international forums and events. Since its inception in 1896, IPA has been tackling constant issues faced by publishers across the globe as protection and defense of copyright is one of the association’s main objectives. Moreover, the association stands for the creation of a common network for publishers to exchange views and boost business, while promoting literacy and reading habit among people.

FICCI, along with Kochi International Book Festival (KIBF), organised a Seminar on Publishing on December 9, 2016 at BTH Bharath Hotel Auditorium, Kochi.

The inaugural session was addressed by Dr. K. Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India; EN Nandakumar, president, Kochi International Book Festival 2016; and Vikrant Mathur, director – South Asia, Nielsen India.

Dr. Sreenivasarao emphasised the need to spread awareness among authors about their rights and freedom. While, Vikrant Mathur, director – South Asia, Nielsen India, made a presentation on the “Publishing sector in India.”

Sumeet Gupta, director, FICCI, delivered the welcome address. He highlighted the role that FICCI is playing in the promotion of the publishing sector, both domestically and at international forums.

The session on the “Future of Indian Publishing: Author’s Perspective”, was chaired by Rubin D' Çruz, senior Malayalam editor and in-charge, Kochi Book Promotion Centre, NBT, Ministry of HRD, GoI. The session witnessed speeches of renowned Malayalam authors like Sethu Madhavan, George Joseph K and Resmi Jaimon.

R Gopalakrishnan, former secretary, Kerala Sahitya Akademi and moderated the session on “Printing Technology: Emerging Trends”. The session witnessed representation from print and technology companies like Xerox and Fujifilm.

Savio Mathew, head – FICCI Kerala State Council delivered the vote of thanks. More than 100 participants attended the seminar.

Niyogi Books, in cooperation with Matrix Duo, released My Red Butterfly, the debut book of Avinash Pushkarna, the additional commissioner of customs, Central Excise and Service Tax. Dignitaries present at the launch included Delhi’s former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Antara Dev Sen (daughter of Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen) and Bikash D Niyogi of Niyogi Books.

In the book which he has completed in seven years, he has tried to take readers in the love saga of 80’s and 90’s, a time when letters were being used as a sole messenger by the lovers as well as Bollywood songs were used to film in a peculiar suaveness. The whole story swirls around the protagonist Rohit who started loving a girl at a tender age of 16 while aspiring to be a doctor. A very heart-warming touching story, My Red Butterfly is just like an old red wine served fresh.

Capexil Book Division is all set participate in the forthcoming London Book Fair (March 14-16, 2017) in a big way by forming India Pavilions in three dedicated areas of the fair – Children’s Area, Academics Area and Publishing Solutions/Tech Area – as per the MAI Scheme of the Government of India.