Scrapbook – Children’s Publishing Conclave by FICCI on 25 August 2018

Addressing children’s learning requirements and the role of publishers in it


The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will host Children’s Publishing Conclave, Scrapbook, on 25 August 2018 in New Delhi. The platform will explore the relationship between the different players in the ecosystem including children content creators, publishers, offline and online service providers, technology disrupters, teachers, schools, parents, children and policy makers. Scrapbook will focus on the important facets of a child’s individual learning requirements, and the role publishers can play in addressing the same.

The event will feature over 30 leading speakers from the government, publishing sector and educational institutions. They will ideate, debate and explore cooperation for coming future. In addition, FICCI is expecting over 200 delegates from the government, state education boards, publishers, content creators, digital disruptors, animators, illustrators, schools and teachers to participate in the program.

The one-day program will focus on policy advocacy to nurture collaboration between schools, government and children’s publishers to enhance learning outcome in the K-12 educational space. It will highlight concerns related to children’s content of schools and academicians to government and publishing sector. Furthermore, it will address the role of publishers in curriculum development. The event will discuss collaboration with the edu-tech companies. Scrapbook will also talk about implementing theory of artificial intelligence on children content to enhance learning outcome. Lastly, changing role of technology in children content and its impact on K-12 education and promoting leisure reading amongst children will be discussed as well.

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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