Browsing Month December, 2013

Urvashi Butalia, Founder, Zubaan Books

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Hits and misses of 2013 Actually, it's difficult for us to say what were the hits and misses, as we love all the books we do. But we've done some different things this year - a children's book with stunning illustrations by a French illustrator, Joelle Jolivet, and text by Karthika Nair. The story is set in the Sundarbans, it's about Bonbibi, and is completely stunning. more...

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Thomas Abraham, Managing Director, Hachette India

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Hits and misses of 2013 This was a rather grim year on the whole with so many stores closing. We had a sluggish first half of the year with just Gone Girl and the new Digital Age being the flyers. But we were lucky that the last four months saw some spectacular successes - John Grisham's Sycamore Row and Subroto Bagchi's Elephant Catchers were our biggest. I am Malala more...

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Sayoni Basu, Director & Primary Platypus, Duckbill

By at December 27, 2013 | 6:08 PM | 0 Comment

Hits and misses of 2013 Hits for us were getting pretty much all the books we wanted, and the kind of feedback we got fairly consistently from the market. A great cheering-up factor was having two of the six books we submitted being shortlisted for the Crossword Children's Book Award. Sales, however, continue to be disappointing, both physical and digital, and the more...

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Rajiv Beri, Managing Director, Bloomsbury India

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Hits and misses of 2013 It’s been a wonderful first year. We started out in September last year and have had an outstanding year of publishing as well as signing up authors across our Trade and Business/Professional lists. In fiction and narrative non-fiction, Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed sold over 100,000 copies (and counting); Elizabeth Gilbert’s more...

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Rajdeep Mukherjee, Head, Pan Macmillan India

By at December 27, 2013 | 6:07 PM | 0 Comment

[caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignright" width="300"] It's important to learn from the past[/caption] Hits and misses of 2013 We have had several hits. I will name a couple from the fiction and non-fiction list: Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer; The Hit by David Baldacci; Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield; How Stella Saved The Farm by more...

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Radhika Menon, Publisher, Tulika Books

By at December 27, 2013 | 6:06 PM | 0 Comment

Hits and misses of 2013 We really don’t have misses! That is because even as we take the decision we know which titles are going to be instant hits, which ones are going to be slower to become hits and which will not fall into the ‘hits’ category. The top sellers are picture books like Rooster Raga, Ranganna, When I Grow Up, Lets Go, Catch that Cat, the four more...

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P.M. Sukumar, CEO, HarperCollins India

By at December 27, 2013 | 6:06 PM | 0 Comment

Hits and misses of 2013 The year gone by has been more of a ‘solid’ year, notable in that the books held their own in a crowded market, sold in good numbers and made a mark. And some, just out, might well go into the big numbers. 2013 began with the super success of Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan - one of our biggest titles this year under local more...

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Navin Menon, Editor, Children’s Book Trust

By at December 27, 2013 | 6:05 PM | 0 Comment

Hits and misses The object of the Children’s Book Trust (CBT) is to publish children’s books that entertain, educate, and make growing up an exciting adventure. We rarely commission or make assignments to writers. The manuscripts are acquired through an all-India competition and the writers submit manuscripts based on topics listed in the rules. Over the years (57 to more...

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M A Sikandar, Director, National Book Trust

By at December 27, 2013 | 6:04 PM | 0 Comment

Hits and misses of 2013 The hits... Strengthening the distribution system and ERP modules in its operations Improvement in the quality of production of books Starting online sales of books The setting up of the India National Pavilion - for the first time - in the Frankfurt Book Fair to showcase Indian content. India Guest of Honour presentation in Seoul Book more...

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Kapish Mehra, Managing Director, Rupa Publications India

By at December 27, 2013 | 6:04 PM | 0 Comment

Hits and misses of 2013 [caption id="attachment_1642" align="alignright" width="225"] We'd like to develop our non-fiction list[/caption] We had the good fortune of publishing Courage and Conviction, the autobiography of General V K Singh, India at Risk by Jaswant Singh, Milkha Singh’s autobiography, The Race of my Life, Lady you are not a Man by Apurva Purohit more...

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