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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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