FICCI seminar at London Book Fair 2018

London Book Fair

The London Book Fair is a global platform for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV film and digital channels. The fair, this year will take place in Olympia, West London and will cover all aspects of the publishing industry. The fair will be held from 10 to 12 April, 2018 at the aforementioned venue. At the event venue, FICCI will organise a seminar on 11 April 2018. The seminar titled, Translation – Trends and Opportunities will comprise of a panel of eminent speakers such as, Ratnesh Jha, chairman of FICCI Publishing Committee and managing director of Cambridge University Press, Tina Narang, publisher of Children’s books at Harper Collins Publishers India, Ravi DeeCee, chief executive officer of DC Books, Esha Chaterjee, chief executive officer of BEE Books and Sumeet Gupta, senior director of FICCI.

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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