8th edition of the Publishing Next Industry Awards

HarperCollins India wins ‘Publisher of the Year Award’

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Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers, by T M Krishna published by Westland Books won in the Printed Book of the Year (English) category while Ghalib: A Wilderness at My Doorstep: A Critical Biography, by Mehr Afshan Farooqi published by Penguin Random House India was the runner-up.

HarperCollins Publishers India — the Gurgaon-based publishing house emerged the winner in the Publisher of the Year category of Publishing Next Industry Awards 2021. The eighth edition of the annual Awards were announced on Sunday, 27 March 2021. The Awards were presented in 10 categories as mentioned below.

HarperCollins Publishers India was adjudged Publisher of the Year 2021, for “refusing to rest on its past laurels, and continue to do what publishers must – engage new authors, develop new genres, and reach out to readers, during what was a particularly tough time for the publishing business. Its digital initiatives and social media campaigns have been notable and illustrate how publishers can, and should, adapt to the new environment. A strong frontlist, and a good focus on its mid and backlists, as also its partnerships with several other publishers, demonstrates that HarperCollins India is determined to continue making good books accessible to its readers.”

Pratham Books, the Bangalore-based nonprofit publisher was declared runner-up in this category.

Since its inception in 2014, the annual Publishing Next Industry Awards (PNIA) recognize and reward talent, initiative, entrepreneurship, and quality in book publishing, across publishers of all sizes, and in all Indian languages. Established under the aegis of the Publishing Next Conference, a platform furthering discussion and networking within the book publishing industry, the Publishing Next Industry Awards seek to celebrate innovation and leadership in the Indian book trade. Based in Goa, the Conference is driven by its two co-founders, Queenie Rodrigues and Leonard Fernandes, and by an advisory body that includes Vinutha Mallya and Rubin D’Cruz.

Besides being awarded to books in various categories, PNIA also acknowledges the importance and contributions of professionals in allied fields. The Bookstore of the Year 2021 was awarded to Eureka Bookstore, which is based in Delhi, with the Mumbai-based bookstore, Kitab Khana, emerging as the runner-up this year.

The winners and runners-up of Publishing Next Industry Awards 2021:

Richa Burman from Penguin Random House India won the Editor of the Year. Swati Chopra from HarperCollins Publishers India came in a close second. Archana Sreenivasan secured the Illustrator of the Year title, while Karen Haydock came in second.

Rohit Kokil won the Book Cover of the Year (Indian Languages) for his design of the cover of Jeevan ki Bahaar, published by Eklavya Publications. Kanak Shashi secured the runner-up position for her design of the cover of Ummeed Ke Rang, published by Eklavya Publications.

Sukruti Anah Staneley won the Book Cover of the Year (English) for her design of the cover of Intimate City, published by Zubaan. Rashmi Gupta secured the runner-up position for her design of the cover of A Mirror Made of Rain, published by HarperCollins Publishers India.

Still Life, by Anoushka Khan, published by Penguin Random House India won the title of Illustrated Book of the Year while Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection by, Ita Mehrotra published by Yoda Press/Persepolis (in Hindi), by Marjane Satrapi, translated and published by Vani Prakashan secured second place.

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When Adil Speaks, Words Dance, by Lavanya Karthik published by Penguin Random House India won in the Children’s Book of the Year (Ages 0-8), and Chiknik Choon, by Sushil Shukla, published by Eklavya Publications came in second in this category.

When Adil Speaks, Words Dance, by Lavanya Karthik published by Penguin Random House India won in the Children’s Book of the Year (Ages 0-8), and Chiknik Choon, by Sushil Shukla, published by Eklavya Publications came in second in this category.

They Made What/They Found What, by Shweta Taneja published by Hachette India secured the top place in the Children’s Book of the Year (Ages 8+) while Pongal, by Bama published by Muskaan came in a close second.

Biplabi Rasbehari Basu O Japan, by Takeshi Nakajima translated by Kazuhiro Watanabe and published by Jadavpur University Press won the Printed Book of the Year (Indian Languages) while Akkai, by Akkai Padmashali, Dominic D published by Bahuroopi secured the second place in this category.

Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers, by T M Krishna published by Westland Books won in the Printed Book of the Year (English) category while Ghalib: A Wilderness at My Doorstep: A Critical Biography, by Mehr Afshan Farooqi published by Penguin Random House India was the runner-up.

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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