Friday, April 3, 2009

Trouble at home

The Business Standard has an article on shoddy standards in book publishing.

For a sector that is just opening up to the international sector and realising there is life beyond distribution, there's a long way to go in terms of quality. It also needs to think where it is going - primarily the text book-based, with a few works of literary fiction thrown in (compared globally our pulp fiction or non fictionjust do not compare in terms of numbers.)

The article says: There’s the rub: despite generally low standards in everything from editing to design, Indian books still find buyers. People in publishing, even if they themselves are sticklers for quality, will say that “Very few people notice,” and “Readers don’t demand better,” or “People have low expectations.” All ultimately settle on the apt and comfortable “Chalta hai”, which seems to have universal application.

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