The Ministry of Home Affairs allows opening of Educational Book Shops for Students


“On behalf of FICCI, we thank the Government of India for including shops of educational books for students in its list of exemptions during the lockdown. MHA had issued an order to this effect on 21st April 2020 (Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A)). This exemption will benefit the scores of students who are studying from home while following social distancing requirements. We hope the various state governments will take cognizance of this order and include shops of educational books for students in their list of exemptions so that students have access to necessary supplies to effectively study at home”, Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Co-Chair, FICCI Publishing Committee.

Penguin Random House India launches its first exclusive ebookstore with Amazon Kindle

Readers will find over 400 bestselling titles all at one place available on Amazon India website at attractive discounted prices. The ebookstore can be accessed through this link –

PRH eBooks is offering readers books across genres, such as, Romance, Literary Fiction, Self Help, and Spirituality and award winning and bestselling books by Sudha Murty, Arundhati Roy, Ravinder Singh, Durjaya Datta, Sadhguru, Gaur Gopal Das, Khushwant Singh, to name a few.

Niti Kumar, SVP, marketing, digital and communications at Penguin Random House India, says, ‘India is an up and coming market in eBook consumption and we are confident that with over 500 million internet users, there is definite potential that more people can take to reading eBooks. Initiatives built on eBooks can bring the spotlight on a mode of reading, which is safe and easily accessible, and can make reading more pleasurable and informational.

Talking Cub, Storyteller Bookstore and LBB India announce #FUNtasticBookWeekends, an online literature series for children

Talking Cub (the children’s imprint of Speaking Tiger), and Storyteller Bookstore are pleased to announce their online literature series for children titled #FUNtasticBookWeekends. Powered by LBB India, the series will include a mix of interactive sessions such as book reading, storytelling, art and fun games for kids every Saturday and Sunday at 5.30 pm.

”The series will kick-off from 25 April 2020. All the sessions of this series will be hosted and recorded on Zoom app, to be premiered later on LBB India. The exciting list of authors include Jerry Pinto, Shabnam Minwalla, Bijal Vachharajani, Tilottama Shome, Bulbul Sharma and many others. Prior registrations will be encouraged online.

Sudeshna Shome Ghosh, Publisher and Editor of Talking Cub remarked, “The current lockdown has been a time of some stress for both parents and children. But we believe children will always find the silver lining, a reason to smile. In our little effort to entertain them and to make them smile further, we are happy to collaborate with the wonderful Storyteller bookstore of Kolkata and LBB to bring to them some of our authors and books. We hope the kids will enjoy these as much as we have enjoyed publishing these books.

Renuka Chatterjee, VP Publishing, Speaking Tiger: “This is a time for simple pleasure that you can find within your own home – and what better than books? Speaking Tiger is staying connected with its readers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and also through all the ‘virtual’ spaces that are opening up, such as Storyteller Bookstore and LBB’s weekend reading sessions, and the Jaipur Litfest’s virtual festival, Brave New World. We really appreciate how creative everyone is being to keep readers engaged and making sure the show goes on! We’re focusing on bringing out new books as e-books, and looking forward to the time when we can start printing again, and get our books to bookstores once again.”

Ordinarily, we would have been delighted to host these wonderful Talking Cub (the children’s imprint of Speaking Tiger) authors at Storyteller Bookstore in Kolkata. For now, we look forward to hosting them online, and hopefully in person sooner or later! Post the lockdown, we will be happy to deliver their titles to children nationwide”, said Mayura Misra of Storyteller Bookstore.

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