The London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards, in partnership with the Publishers Association (The PA), has launched the hunt for the best international book trade journalist, and the deadline for entries is Thursday, 10 January 2019.
This new award will recognize the best international journalist writing for specialist publishing/book trade newspapers, magazines or websites. This is for book and publishing trade journalists only and recognizes the vital role they play in international publishing. Any book trade journalist based outside of the UK, who has been writing about the book trade for more than two years can enter. Specialist journalists on general interest publications such as national newspapers can not enter for this award, and collaborative entries will be considered.
Book trade journalists based outside of the UK can enter/be nominated for the award via the LBF website by 10 January 2019.
The awards celebrate publishing success in 16 other categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, innovative publishing, and ground-breaking initiatives in the industry. Awards are given to companies and individuals across the world and across sectors, with categories including academic and professional publisher, rights professional, literary agent, and library of the year.
The LBF International Excellence Awards ceremony will be an invitation-only evening event and will take place on 12 March 2019 on the first day of LBF 2019.
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.