The 8th Publishing Next Conference – 19-22 September 2019, Goa

Revisiting the basic tenets of publishing

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The 8th edition of Publishing Next Conference will take place over four days from 19 to 22 September 2019, at the Goa Science Centre, Miramar (Panaji), Goa. This year’s conference will revisit the basic tenets of publishing.

A masterclass 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 will take place at the conference. Sessions will be centered round self-publishing, aspects of the sustainable publishing business, the economics of translation imprints and bibliodiversity.

The speakers who have confirmed their participation include Jerry Pinto, Ravi Singh, Meethil Momaya, Manish Purohit, Vinutha Mallya, Karthika VK, Indu Chandrasekhar, Ritu Menon, Arpita Das, Mandira Sen, Rakesh Khanna, Radhika Menon, Rihan Najib, Shireen Quadri, Anantha Padmanabhan, and Manisha Chaudhry. The event offers four days of intense conversation and networking opportunities.

Early bird discounts are available on the registration fees till 20 July.

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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