Publishing Next 2020

The first edition of the Publishing Next conference was held in September 2011. Since then, we have had eight editions of the conference. While Publishing Next is an industry conference, focused on issues of concern to the book trade, it also maintains a broad perspective and seeks to foresee the future of book publishing. It brings together, on a single platform, publishers and other publishing professionals, from publishing houses, big and small, often just one-person entities, drawn from across India, those publishing books in its various languages, besides publishers from abroad.

The eighth edition of the conference was held between 19-22 September 2019. The next edition is scheduled for 17-20 September 2020.

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Book Cover of the Year - English

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Winner

Mushtaq Hussain’s Darbari

(Yoda Press; Designed by Pinaki De)

For "a cover image that cannot be ignored. While the design itself is clean and straightforward, there is something about the collective effect of the visual and words that one cannot put a finger on. The success of this cover lies in its ability to provoke and focus attention on the visceral quality of the book’s content."

COTYEngRun

Runner Up

The Empty Room

(Zubaan; Designed by Sukruti Anah Staneley)

Book Cover of the Year - Indian Languages

COTYILWin

Winner

Raag Pahadi

(Rajkamal Prakashan; Designed by Anil Ahuja)

For "a cover that is brilliantly understated and simple; it retains a seriousness while adding an elegance and depth that the subject deserves. There is a respect in the choice of restrained tones, fitting for the book."

COTYILRun

Runner Up

Ghachar Ghochar

(Vani Prakashan; Designed by Shoeb Shahid)

Book Cover of the Year - Children's Books

CCOTYWin

Winner

A Very Naughty Bear

(Scholastic India ; Designed by Suvidha Mistry)

For "a cover that is simple yet effectively fits into the childrens book genre through very sweet character design. It is refreshing to see minimal interference of digital art in design for once. The cover's clean and simple design is very effective in communicating itself to its target audience."

CCOTYRun

Runner Up

The Jungle Radio

(Penguin Random House India; Designed by Devangana Dash)

Printed Book of the Year - English

POTYEWin

Winner

A Respectable Woman

Zubaan

For "an exquisitely produced book, with a splendid cover that reflects the restraint and stark beauty that is associated with Ms. Kire's writing, and a meticulously designed interior."

POTYERun

Runner Up

Across the Universe: The Beatles in India

Penguin Random House India

Printed Book of the Year - Indian Languages

PBOTYILWin

Winner

M F Husain – Kala ka Karmyogi

Niyogi Books

For "a book that does justice to the subject through the use of well crafted and perfectly executed design."

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Runner Up

Angan Mein Ek Ped

Yatra Books

Printed Children's Book of the Year (Ages 0-8)

PCOTYWin

Winner

Nani’s Walk to the Park

Pratham Books

For "a book that carries many worlds within it--quiet and noisy, rich and poor. Its beautiful, detailed illustrations are, in fact, an exuberant celebration of the diversity we often fail to notice. Gorgeously produced--its sheer size communicates the vastness of every neighbourhood--'Nani's Walk to the Park' is as much for the eyes as for the soul."

PCOTYRun1

Runner Up

Soda and Bonda

Tulika Publishers
PCOTYRun2

Runner Up

In My Heart

Penguin Random House India

Printed Children's Book of the Year (Ages 8+)

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Winner

Machher Jhol

Pickle Yolk Books

For "a book whose each spread is thoughtfully presented, and in which the text and visuals complement each other beautifully. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, and it is easy to see that much effort has been taken over them. A reader's delight."

PCOTY8+Run

Runner Up

Spreading Your Wings

Zubaan

Illustrated Book of the Year

IBOTYWin

Winner

Vivan Sundaram Is Not a Photographer: The Photographic Work of Vivan Sundaram

Tulika Books

For "an excellent addition to books on photography produced from India. The book is a serious dialogue on the art and craft and the boundaries to which it can be stretched. The choice of paper makes it easier to connect with the artwork, the life depicted in the photographs and the dynamics between the photographer, the photograph and the various layers in-between. The text is well edited and the page layout is splendid."

IBOTYRun

Runner Up

Calcutta Then, Kolkata Now

Roli Books

Publisher of the Year

POTYWin

Winner

Duckbill Books

For "engaging with relevant topics, to which children of our time need exposure; for consciously moving away from the pedantic model in children's publishing, and helping create models in children's minds that promote an ability to differentiate various kinds of information; for clearly defined publishing aims; for choices in terms of content and approach that are very well aligned; and for the twin effort to both anchor in the familiar, and extend into new areas."

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Runner Up

HarperCollins India

Jury 2019

  • Aravinda Anantharaman, co-founder, Copac Media
  • Ahalya Naidu, co-founder, Trilogy Bookstore and Library
  • Aniruddha Sen Gupta, author and illustrator
  • Deepali Shukla, editor, Eklavya
  • Devalina Mookerjee, development editor, Jadavpur University Press
  • Dharini Bhaskar, author and former editorial director, Simon and Schuster India
  • Gayathri T, formerly of Kutoohala
  • Meethil Momaya, co-founder, Trilogy Bookstore and Library
  • Mohor Ray Dahiya, director, Codesign
  • Pooja Saxena, artist and illustrator
  • Pratheek Thomas, co-founder, Studio Kokaachi
  • Rakesh Khanna, publisher, Blaft Publications
  • Raman Sreshta, owner, Rachna Books
  • Ruchi Mhasane, artist and illustrator
  • Rukminee Guha Thakurta, art book designer, Letterpress Design Studio
  • Sarabjeet Garcha, editor, translator and publisher
  • Savio Rodrigues, designer, ACK Media
  • Sonali Zohra, designer and illustrator
  • Sudhanva Deshpande, publisher, Leftword Books
  • Sujata Noronha, educator and principal, Bookworm Trust
  • Swati Roy, co-founder, Bookaroo
  • V C Thomas, publishing and rights consultant
  • Vatsala Kaul Banerjee, publisher, Hachette India