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

Revisiting the basic tenets of publishing


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.

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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