Revisiting the tenets of publishing

Publishing Next, 19-22 September, Goa


The dates for the eighth edition of Publishing Next, the annual conference on the future of publishing, have been announced. This year the conference will spread over four days—19-22 September 2019—and will be held at the Goa Science Centre, Miramar (Panaji), Goa.

During this edition the sessions will revisit the basic tenets of publishing. There will be masterclasses on editing, book production and the marketing of books; open mic sessions on the author-editor relationship, and on book reviews; and panel discussions on book retail, and on collaborations between publishers. Sessions centered around self-publishing, on the factors that contribute to the sustainability of publishing businesses, on the economics of translation imprints, and on bibliodiversity, have also been scheduled.

Speakers who have already confirmed their participation include Jerry Pinto (author and translator), Ravi Singh (Publisher, Speaking Tiger), Meethil Momaya (Co-Owner, Trilogy Library and Bookstore), Manish Purohit (Founder, AuthorsUpfront), Vinutha Mallya (Assistant Features Editor at Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd.), Karthika Vk (Publisher, Westland Books), Indu Chandrasekhar (Publisher, Tulika Books), Ritu Menon (Publisher, Women Unlimited), Arpita Das (Publisher, Yoda Press), Mandira Sen (Publisher, Stree Samya), Rakesh Khanna (Publisher, Blaft Publications), Radhika Menon (Publisher, Tulika Books), Rihan Najib (Books Editor, BusinessLine), Shireen Quadri (Writer and Publisher), and Manisha Chaudhry (Publisher, Manan Books).

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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