5th Publishing Next Industry Awards will be announced in September 2018

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Publishing Next Industry Awards

The 5th edition of the Publishing Next Industry Awards have been announced and will be presented in 12 categories this year. The Awards, instituted in 2014, recognize the innovation and leadership of publishing professionals and others in the book trade in India and reward the talent, initiative, entrepreneurial zeal and untiring efforts of publishers – big, small, independent – that create books.

The Awards are open to publishing houses based in India, as also branches of international publishing houses, for their publishing programmes out of India. The last date for application is  15 May 2018. The winners of the Awards will be announced in September 2018.

The Publishing Next Industry Awards 2018 will be presented in the following twelve categories:
1. Book of the Year (English)
2. Book of the Year (Indian Languages)
3. Children’s Book of the Year (English)
4. Children’s Book of the Year (Indian Languages)
5. Illustrated Book of the Year (Coffee Table Books)
6. Book Cover of the Year (English)
7. Book Cover of the Year (Indian Languages)
8. Book Illustrator of the Year
9. Editor of the Year
10. Bookstore of the Year
11.Publisher of the Year (English, Indian Languages, General)
12.Publisher of the Year (English, Indian Languages, Children’s Literature)

If there are less than five valid submissions for any of the above categories, the organizers reserve the right to either cancel evaluation of that category, or evaluate the received submissions within another, related, category.

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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