Focus on enabling the publishing sector


FICCI will be organizing the seventh edition of PubliCon on 1 December 2017 at FICCI auditorium, New Delhi.

PubliCon 2017 will focus on Enabling Publishing Sector by facilitating effective dialog and debate over policy issues, addressing copyright issues, strategies for content monetization across platforms, presenting international business opportunities for authors, translators, and illustrators, and emerging marketing trends to empower publishers and authors.

Publicon will commence with a Plenary Keynote Address, which will discuss the role of the publishing sector in the social, political and economic growth of new India. This will be followed by sessions on boosting content monetization by leveraging multiple platforms; copyright, piracy and publishing; opportunities for publishers, authors, translators, and illustrators with French creative industries; and the PubliCon Marketing Summit 2017.

Some of the speakers at PubliCon 2017 include Rajiv Aggarwal, joint secretary, DIPP, Government of India; Dr. Chandan Mitra, editor and managing director, The Pioneer; Prof. NV Varghese, director, Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education, NUEPA; Urvashi Butalia, chair, FICCI, and director and publisher, Zubaan; Ratnesh Jha, co-chair, FICCI, and managing director, CUP; Major General GD Bakshi, creator of War Hero Books; Arpit Bhargav, director, Diamond Comics Digital Studio; Pankaj Sikka, chief visionary and brand strategist, Invision Brand Consulting; Anand Singh, senior director – South Asia, Turner International; Anurag Sachdeva, director (India & South-East Asia), Rovio Entertainment Ltd.; Ashish Kulkarni, chair, FICCI Animation, VFX, Gaming, and Comics Forum; Dr. Nicolas Idier, head, French Book office; Shilpi Jha, senior legal counsel for Intellectual Property – South-East Asia, USPTO; Vikas Gupta, managing director, Wiley India; Monica Malhotra Kandhari, managing director, MBD Group; Karthika VK, publisher, Westland Publications; Ravi DeeCee, chief executive officer, DC Books; Preeti Hingorani, head – Brand & PR, Cambridge University Press; Rajiv Dhingra, founder and chief executive officer, Wat Consult; Naveen Choudhary, head of marketing – Global Academic Publishing Oxford University Press; Debasri Rakshit, managing editor, Westland Publications; and Paras Bansal, business head, Oxford University India.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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– Naresh Khanna

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