Sunday, 2 October, 2022

Topic: Publishing

‘Challenging business environment’ — Why academic publisher SAGE is closing India book operations

SAGE India will stop publishing books but will still bring out journals, it announced last week. Company says it's continuing to support authors & trying to find 'new home' for book titles.

NEP has lofty goals to promote research culture. UGC undermining its basic tool—publishing

It's a fallacious argument that research in India is done only in standalone institutions and universities need only focus on teaching. Universities without research are as good as a dead duck.

No resources or publishing rights: Why international readers are missing Indian translations

The British Council and Art X Company study says international publishers tend to reject stories that don't conform to their stereotypical idea of India.

‘Where will authors go?’: Amazon’s shutdown of Westland leaves many questions, no answers

Rid of ‘reluctant owners’ Tata's Trent Ltd, Westland saw fresh horizons with Amazon after its acquisition in 2016. But the shutdown came out of the blue.

BookLeaf Publishing’s 21-Day Writing Challenge aims to encourage expression & daily writing

The 21-Day Writing Challenge by BookLeaf Publishing requires participants to submit a daily write-up for 21 days, after which they will be compiled & if the participants chooses, published.

Salman Rushdie on Substack is either killing the novel or taking it back to its birth

It is not surprising that authors such as Patti Smith and Scott Snyder and a host of comic book authors from Marvel and DC have also entered Substack.

Why blocking Sci-Hub will actually hurt national interest

The case in Delhi High Court against Sci-Hub and LibGen, which give students and researchers access to papers for free, is against public interest.

Penguin, Bloomsbury, Juggernaut can wait—Twitter is the new fiction publisher

Indians are writing stories on Twitter. In case you can’t sit through a 500-page novel

Hindi publishers sold no books, fired no staff in lockdown. Now they plan for e-book future

No one is sure of the total losses the Hindi publishing industry suffered under lockdown. But demand has begun to recover through online sales & e-books.

Those who abused Hindu gods scared book on Delhi riots will expose them, Kapil Mishra says

BJP leader Kapil Mishra was addressing a virtual launch of the book, Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story, after original publisher Bloomsbury India said it is withdrawing it.

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Mohan Bhagwat

Mohan Bhagwat’s right — no word wounds Hindus like kafir does

In South Africa, the word kaffir, as the blacks were pejoratively called, has been outlawed. It's time India too bans 'kafir'.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.


File photo of former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria after flying a MiG-21 of 51 Squadron at the Srinagar airbase | ANI

Famed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Squadron bows out from Srinagar today

Known as the ‘Sword Arms’, number-plating of the squadron was done Friday. It has made way for MiG-29s to be the new 'guardian of the Valley'.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.