The Truth about Publishing

Getting work published


The Truth about Publishing is being organized on 10 July 2018 in the Delhi National Capital Region. It will actually be held at 7pm at the Tejeshwar Singh College of Publishing, which is apparently a part of Ashoka University just north of Delhi in Kundli on the road to Sonepat.

Covering topics on how to get published or work in the publishing industry, the event will start with a brief bird’s eye view of the industry in India, with a window to some key connections to the global industry. It will highlight current trends and emerging areas of interest in keeping with new technology as well as cutting-edge practices in the industry.

The second part of the talk will focus on the various aspects of book and journal publishing. It will go into some of the things to keep in mind as a budding author submitting a work for publication, as well as processes that are common to these two genres.

The third part of the talk will examine the various segments of a publishing office, and then focus on the editorial role. It will look at how the editor came into being historically, and then move to discussing how the editor’s role has increasingly become like that of a curator in these times of exacerbated and easy access to technology for all. The talk will end with some thoughts on writing and reading in the digital age, and an insight into the the vision and mission of the Tejeshwar Singh College of Publishing.

The article has been updated to give the location and time of the event on 10 July 2018

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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  1. Apparently as now clarified in the article it is at Ashoka University in Kundli, just about 90 minutes by car north of Delhi.


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