India’s Tulika Publishers wins Literary Translation Initiative Award at London Book Fair

Winners of International Excellence Awards announced at London Book Fair


The winners of The London Book Fair (LBF) International Excellence Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony on 12 March 2019 – the first day of the fair.

Recipients of the awards, held in association with the Publishers Association, came from countries across five continents.

India’s Tulika Publishers won The Literary Translation Initiative Award. Hailing the children’s book company, judges said, “Tulika is a unique and important initiative. Its ambitious, energetic and inclusive publishing program is driven by a real social imperative, to promote multilingualism and give children stories in the languages they speak at home. Resisting the absolute dominance of English is vital work, and Tulika does that work with charm and humor. Their books, and the messages from the children who read them, brought a smile to our faces.”

Director of The London Book Fair, Jacks Thomas said, “The International Excellence Awards remind us of the inspiring work being done by all those in the global publishing community. From translators in India and librarians in Finland to booksellers in China and literary agents in France, these awards show the breadth of talent working in the publishing industry around the world today. We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations here at The London Book Fair, in the creative capital of the world.”

Stephen Lotinga, chief executive, The UK Publishers Association said, “From Brazil to Kenya, this year’s winners epitomize the potential of publishing to build a better world, making us proud to be part of this global community. We are particularly delighted to see Jacaranda take home the Inclusivity in Publishing Award in recognition of their proven track record and vision in championing diverse talent. It is inspiring to see that the next generation of publishers are equally passionate about reaching every reader – the future is in good hands.”

Among the recipients, the Espoo City Library in Finland took home ‘The Library of the Year Award’, while The Bookstore of the Year Award, sponsored by Gardners, went to Fang Suo Commune in Guangzhou, China. The Literary Festival Award went to the Book Arsenal Literary Festival, which takes place in Kiev, Ukraine. The Audiobook Publisher of the Year prize was taken home by Booklava in the UAE. Porter Anderson, editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives (US), was awarded the inaugural International Book Trade Journalist prize. In the Market Focus Indonesia categories, PT. Bestari Buana Murni was awarded The Market Focus Indonesia Children’s, Young Adult and Education Award. Bentang Pustaka won the Adult Trade Award.

This year’s Inclusivity in Publishing Award, supported by the Publishers Association, was awarded to Jacaranda Books. The Nick Perren Publishing Foundation – established in memory of the “publisher’s publisher” and former Profile chairman Nick Perren presented its inaugural Post-Graduate Publishing Award, in support of African publishing careers, to students Tsholofelo Matlhadji and Kirsten Benecke.

The full list of this year’s International Excellence winners is below:

The Academic and Professional Publisher Award

De Gruyter (Germany)

The Audiobook Publisher of the Year

Booklava (UAE)

The Bookstore of the Year Award sponsored by Gardners

Fang Suo Commune (China)

The Educational Initiatives Award

Tata Trusts (India)

The Educational Learning Resources Award, supported by The China Publishing & Media Journal

Virtual Reading Gym (South Africa)

International Book Trade Journalist

Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives (USA)

The Library of the Year Award

Espoo City Library (Finland)

The Literary Translation Initiative Award

Tulika Publishers (India)

The Literary Agent Award

Pierre Astier, Founder and Director, Astier-Pecher Literary & Film Agency (France)

The Literary Festival Award

Book Arsenal Literary Festival (Ukraine)

The Rights Professional Award

Rose Janssens, Foreign Rights Key Account Manager, Clavis Publishing (Belgium)

Eligible for entries from Market Focus Indonesia only:

The Market Focus Indonesia Adult Trade Award

Bentang Pustaka

The Market Focus Indonesia Children’s, Young Adult and Education Award

Bestari Buana Murni

Eligible for entries from all countries, including the UK:

The London Book Fair Simon Master Chairman’s Award

Jessica Kingsley, Founder, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (UK)

Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award: Publisher

EDITORIAL 5 (Brazil)

Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award: Initiative

eKitabu (Kenya)

Eligible for entries from the UK only:

Inclusivity in Publishing Award, supported by the Publishers Association

Jacaranda Books

The Association for Publishing Education (APE) Dissertation and Project Prizes

Postgraduate Dissertation Prize: Emilie Hames (LCC UAL), ‘Environmental Sustainability Within the UK Book Publishing Industry’

Undergraduate Dissertation: Fanny Laetitia Allart (Oxford Brookes University), ‘#PublishingSoWhite: To What Extent is the Lack of Diversity Impacting the Anglo-French Publishing Industry?’

Major Project: Leanne Manfredi (LCC UAL), ‘Re-imagining the archive: activating creativity through publishing’

Overall Winner: Emilie Hames (LCC UAL), ‘Environmental Sustainability Within the UK Book Publishing Industry’.

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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