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).

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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