Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hydra tales

Having spent three days at the just-concluded 19th Delhi World Book Fair, I’m ready to speculate a little about the books industry.

To start with, what most of us think of as a “book” is not what the books industry makes most of. Story, narrative, fiction, especially the stuff that wins all the famous awards, makes up a small share of the titles published every year. Vastly larger numbers of educational, business-and-management, and science-technology-medicine (STM) books are made, even if they remain invisible on pages like this one.

Trade, or the publisher-to-publisher business of books, played a larger role at this book fair than before — in India, at least. And much of this trade happened in the areas listed above, not in fiction.

Full report here Business Standard

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