London Book Fair Rights Catalogue on Indian writing

LBF participation guidelines made public

The London Book Fair
The London Book Fair

London Book Fair is a global platform for publishers and authors to showcase their work. At this year’s edition of the fair, select writings from Indian publishers will be presented to readers. India is the second largest English language publisher in the world.Recently, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) published a set of guidelines for participation at the Rights Table.

FICCI has decided to publish a Rights Catalogue, in association with London Book Fair, of select writings of Indian authors to present their work through Indian publishers on a national level. FICCI will provide a global stage to the Indian writings through the FICCI-LBF Rights Catalogue. A single publisher is allowed to submit multiple writings for the catalogue.

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.

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