Publishing Next Conference in Goa to Focus on Trends and Opportunities


The fifth edition of the conference on "the future of publishing", Publishing Next, will be held on 19–20 September 2014 at the state-of-the-art Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library in Panaji, Goa.

Established in 2011, the annual conference features panel discussions and "how-to" workshops. In addition, it is structured to encourage networking among participants.

Panel discussions on topics such as the business of graphic novels; open publishing and copyright issues; publishing in Indian languages; and, e-publishing in India, will bring together CEOs, editors, authors, managers and professionals from the industry. There will also be discussions on whether there are enough good books for children, and about the state of poetry publishing. A panel entitled 'A Pulse on Publishing' will examine the current situation of the publishing industry and its future, while another, 'The Art of the Book', will bring together the makers of illustrated books, visually-rich books, and coffee table books, to talk about how design, production, and printing, combine with the editorial, to produce quality.

Literary scholar, cultural activist and Chairman of the People's Linguistic Survey of India, Ganesh Devy will deliver the keynote address. Klaus Willberg, who is currently advisor to Arbeitsgemeinschaft von Jugendbuchverlagen, the association of children’s book publishers in German speaking regions, will also address the conference. The roster of speakers include well-known names within the industry, including Arvind Kumar, Karthika VK, Ravi Deecee, Pratik Kanjilal, Meera Johri, Hemant Divate, Ananth Padmanabhan, Ajay Mago, Bipin Shah and Sanjeev Goswami, among several others.

Workshops on 'Physical distribution in a global world', 'Ebook development and distribution' and 'Publishing translated literature' will provide expert advice to publishers exploring newer opportunities and ways to improve their businesses. A face-to-face interaction with a representative from the ISBN issuing agency will also be held.

The conference attracts the participation of publishers engaged with various independents and local and global publishing brands, as well as authors, researchers, cultural organisations, and publishing services' providers, working across the many languages of the country. In addition, various organizations such as HP India, National Book Trust, India, Springer India, News Hunt, Ingram, Netex Knowledge Factory, and Literature across Frontiers, the German Book Office and the French Embassy have associated themselves with the event.

Industry Awards Launched

The organizers have marked the fifth edition of the conference by instituting the first Publishing Next Industry Awards, which recognize and reward talent, initiative, entrepreneurship and quality in book publishing, across all Indian languages. In its inaugural year, the categories in which the Awards will be presented are:

  • Publisher of the Year

  • Publishing Innovation of the Year

  • Bookstore of the Year

  • Printed Book of the Year

  • Digital Book of the Year

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