Announcement of the 4th edition of Romain Rolland Book Prize 2021

A curated trip to Paris Book Fair awaits the winning publisher & translator

Romain Rolland Book Prize 2021

The French Institute in India announced the launch of the 4 edition of Romain Rolland Prize supported by Priti Paul through Apeejay Trust, an award for the best publication of a French title in India. Like in the previous year, translations into all Indian languages (including English) will be considered for all genres published, excluding the ones which were already sent in the last three editions. In January 2020, the winners of the Romain Rolland Book Prize for 2020 were announced at the Jaipur BookMark event.

All the applicants must send the following materials for each title:

–          5 hard copies of the book ;

–          PDF of the translated title (mandatory) ;

–          PDF of the French title (mandatory) ;

–          The synopsis and front cover of the title ;

–          The CV of the translator with the email id ;

–          All the details requested in the attached excel sheet.

A curated trip to Paris Book Fair (Livre Paris 2021) awaits the wining publisher and the translator where India will be the guest of honor country. The eminent jury will be composed of professors from the different universities in France and India, literary translators from both countries to assess the quality of the translation.

The jury will be chaired by the French Institute in India / Embassy of France in India. The organizers would require all the soft files before the deadline as these will be sent to the respected jury immediately, we can wait for the hard copies of the books in some exceptions such as lockdown period. The requested elements must be submitted by or before 15 June 2020 to apply.

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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