Publishing News [Global]

For all those who think books and bookstores are on decline, would be glad to know that Amazon is all set to open up another physical bookstore in Chicago in 2017.



On November 15, 2016, The Publishers Association and London Book Fair (LBF) will organise a day-long conference on Building Inclusivity in Publishing, which will focus on how valuing diversity is essential for a successful publishing industry. Attendees will be encouraged to consider how they interact with every point of the publishing ecosystem to ensure equal representation in our industry, from authors right through to the consumer. The day will challenge ideas about who our audience is, and how we speak to them, asking attendees what they can be doing better by providing positive examples and personal experiences.



Akhil Sharma, an India-born American author, has won the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel Family Life. Organised and sponsored by Dublin City Council, with the prize money of €100,000, it is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. What’s more? The award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.



A STM conference titled ‘Scholarly Publishing 2020: Innovations beyond the curve!’ will be organised on October 18, 2016 at Westin Grand Frankfurt, Germany, a day prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Attracting the leading figures from across scholarly and professional publishing, STM’s event provides a program focused on strategic thinking, public policy, business models and key drivers shaping the future of the STM industry.



The second annual Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder, which is set to take place from September 23-25, 2016, will have an extraordinary woman speaker. Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, author of Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan and Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji as told to his Daughter and Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan, will speak of her beloved Drukyul, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” and of the continuity and change that characterize it.



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