NBT organizes course in book publishing

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A four-week Training Course in Book Publishing was organized by the National Book Trust, India at its premises from July 12 to August 8, 2016.

Inaugurating the training course, Baldeo Bhai Sharma, chairman, NBT said, “NBT has been organizing such programmes for last twenty years for the skill-development. A team of experts from the field of publishing share their experience with the participants and help them develop their skills.”

Dr Rita Chowdhury, director, NBT welcomed the guests and participants. Dr Rita, herself an author of great merit and Sahitya Akademi awardee, spoke of her experiences interacting with publishers as an author. She said, “If publishers do not work professionally, then the authors cannot reach their lifeline, i.e. readers. We have to reach the world around, crossing all the boundaries to assert our identity, capacity and enhance our capability.” Talking about the avenues that publishing industry in India provides, Sridhar Balan, consultant, Ratna Sagar said that India is the third largest publisher of books in English in the world. Today, the industry is professionally well equipped and use cutting edge technology for publishing the books. He also said that the industry requires skilled professionals and this course would help participants to start their career in publishing.

The training course in book publishing has been designed keeping in view the needs of the industry in Indian context. Members of faculty drawn from leading publishing houses, institutions and universities provide an insight into various aspects of book publishing including editing, publishing, marketing, warehousing, promotion, digital printing etc. The Trust facilitates the training for participants as interns at various publishing houses.

-G S Jolly (With inputs from NBT, India)

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