FICCI’s PubliCon conference 2018

PubliCon 2018 conference at FICCI Federation House, New Delhi

PubliCon 2018

Year on year PubliCon has covered several topics concerning publishing industry and served as the powerful platform to ponder over and churn out futuristic solutions through debates and ideation amongst industry think tanks.

PubliCon 2018 is to be held on 06 December 2018 at FICCI Federation House, New Delhi. The theme of this year is “Publishing in Indian Languages”. The conference is for CXOs of publishing houses, editors, authors, public policy officials, rights managers, marketing managers, publishing service providers, suppliers & allied industry, associations, agencies & media. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India will be the keynote speaker.

The one day programe is dedicated to upcoming authors, marketers and creative minds looking to make lucrative career in publishing. The key highlights of the programe are promotion of Indian language content, evaluate potential of language publishing in India and ways, enabling language publishers by presenting right set of opportunities, language technologies, and use of artificial intelligence in translation of Indian languages. The event will have six sessions, publishing in Indian Languages, Hindustan ki kahaaniyan, translating for children in Indian languages, artificial intelligence for translation of Indian languages, Hindi language publishing, and impact of bhasha on writing.

Many industry experts will be the part of the event including Dr. K. Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, S Ravi DeeCee, CEO, DC Books, Esha Chatterjee, CEO, Bee Books, Sugata Ghosh, director – academic, Oxford University Press India, Yogesh Dashrath, country manager, India, Story Tel, Sweden A B., Rajesh Khar, language editor, Pratham Books, Aditi Maheshwari, director- copyrights & translation, Vani Prakashan, Alind Maheshwari, director, Rajkamal Prakashan Pvt. Ltd., Surendra Sharma, Hindi poet and many others.

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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