Ten global publishing stories not to be missed – 22 January 2018 edition

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere unless I can offer some additional information or perspective that hasn’t Read More …

Penguin India Bags Publisher of the Year Award

The Mumbai LitFest has just wound up, and Penguin India took the Publisher of the Year award at the Tata Lit Live event. The award goes to India’s largest English-language publisher as it celebrates thirty years in the country. Penguin has been at the forefront of developing commercial fiction (genre fiction), which as Jean Burke-Spraker Read More …

Microfiction on mobiles drives India’s online literature boom

Further to our coverage of the Indian micro-fiction site Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT) early this month, this week the Times of India has an update. “It started out small…make that tiny. “With a Facebook page that invited stories no longer than a sentence or two. That was 2013. Today, the one-million strong Facebook community of Terribly Read More …

Nobel prize wins sends Ishiguro sales soaring in India

There’s nothing like a good literary prize win to boost publishers’ bottom lines. Last year it was Bob Dylan seeing his book and music sales soar after he was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. This year Kazuo Ishiguro has the honour, and the boost in sale to go with it. And not just in Read More …

Reflections on 20 years of publishing in India.

“Books are one of the best ways to get some solitude, understand complexities and a way to gain new perspectives,” said VK Karthika at the 2nd Annual Attic Lecture this past week. “In the 1990s, things were very different from the multitude of options that are available to readers now. Indian publishing in English has Read More …

India – Publishing’s Brightest Prospect

After 100 years the OUP embraces local-languages. As I touched on yesterday in a post marking Bloomsbury’s first five years in India, one of the biggest challenges facing publishing is catering to the twenty-plus official and many more “unofficial” languages that the Indian people use, often without English as a second language. But that challenge is Read More …

Bloomsbury India’s First Five Years

“For us the journey has just begun,” says Bloomsbury India’s Managing Director Rajiv Beri, as the New Delhi offices of the British publishing group celebrated its first five years. “We are confident of achieving sales of a million units this year,” Beri told Sunday Guardian Live. That might raise an eyebrow or too. Only a Read More …

Welcome to The New Publishing Standard

We live in interesting times. As the first issue of The New Publishing Standard rolls off the cyber-presses this September, anticipation is building for the two biggest publishing events of the western world in 2017. The Frankfurt Book Fair, and the tenth anniversary of the Amazon Kindle ebook store. Ten years ago one might, if Read More …