Publishing Next 2014

Dates: 19th September to 20th of September 2014
Venue: Krishnadas Shama State Central Library, Panaji, Goa – 403001. India.

Keynote Address:
Keynote Speaker: Ganesh Devy, a literary scholar and cultural activist, writes in three languages – Marathi, Gujarati and English.

Panel Discussions
Publishing in Indian Languages: The panel on publishing in Indian languages is held in each edition of Publishing Next. A select set of Indian languages are represented and their publishing industries explored. The aim of this recurring panel is to explore and document the languages’ industries. Various issues, ranging from author discovery, author–publisher relationships, book development and production, to distribution and retail, are discussed. Through these discussions, the unique features and innovations in these industries are also discovered.

Speakers: Gurudath Bantwalkar, Guruprasad Narayana, Kavi Yakoob, ​​Santanoo Tamuly, Vinutha Mallya

Open Publishing, Copyright and Copyleft: Panellists will talk about open publishing models and their impact on the publishing industry, especially on scholarly publishing. Of the different forms of Open Publishing, Open Access is seen as the most viable. Although Open Access was once seen as a threat to scholarly publishing, the model has been adopted by almost every global publisher of academic and scholarly journals. Taking cue from Open Access and its impact on scholarly publishing, this session will examine the future of all forms of open publishing, in the different publishing segments. The issues of Copyright in these forms of publishing will also be talked about. The session will highlight the role of Copyleft and licences such as the Creative Commons, which facilitate Open Publishing, as well as other legal aspects.

Speakers: Geetika Sareen, ​Renisha Winston, ​Sanjiv Goswami, ​Shishir Jha, ​T. Vishnu Vardhan

The Business of Graphic Novels: The relatively new, but fast-growing segment of graphic novels will be discussed in this session. The popularity of this genre has led to the development of new business models that are of interest to many in the publishing community. The several sub-genres that exist within the umbrella of ‘graphic books’ will also be taken up for discussion. The presence of graphic books in Indian languages, the distribution of graphic books in general, and the prospects for new publishers and creators (such as illustrators and designers) in this genre will all be explored by the panelists.

Speakers: Appupen, Karthika V. K., Pratheek Thomas, Shriya Ghate, Vidyun Sabhaney

Worse Off without Verse: Is there a cause for concern for the future of poetry? Are publishers indeed reluctant to publish poetry? And readers reluctant to buy it? Join the panel as they attempt to understand if poetry has indeed become the unprofitable segment within the publishing industry today, and if poetry should be accessible, or literary, or both. The panel will also discuss the “state of poetry” in the Indian languages, if low sales and low readership are a product of each other, and the need, if there is one, to give poetry a boost.

Speakers: Arundhathi, Gopikrishnan Kottoor, Hemant Divate, Karthika V. K., Swati Daftuar