Publishers on Publishing: Inside India’s Book Business wins first prize at Delhi Book Fair

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Publishers on Publishing: Inside India’s Book Business, edited by Nitasha Devasar, was awarded the first prize at the Excellence in Book Production Awards in POD category at the Delhi Book Fair while All About Book Publishing was awarded the Merit Certificate at the Excellence in Book Production Awards in Journals category.

The awards were organized by the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP). The FIP received 1326 books from 90 publishers for various categories of awards. A total of 135 titles by 68 publishers in English and key Indian languages were selected by the eminent jury for various categories of prizes. Additionally, a total of 45 titles received the first prize in different segments.

The 24th edition of the Delhi Book Fair took place at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan from 25 August to 2 September.

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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