Breaking boundaries: women redefining the publishing landscape


Shweta KhuranaThe role of women in publishing is undeniably vital, contributing immeasurably to the richness and diversity of the literary landscape. Beyond working as authors and editors, women play key roles in every facet of the publishing industry. Their perspectives, experiences, and insights infuse a unique vibrancy into the narratives we encounter. By championing female voices and stories, women in publishing help challenge traditional narratives, break stereotypes, and foster a more inclusive literary world. Recognizing and celebrating the importance of women in publishing is not just a matter of equality but a commitment to the continual evolution and enrichment of the literary universe.

In this issue, we delve into the journeys of women in publishing. As Bodour Al Qasimi, Founder of PublisHer and CEO of Kalimat Group, puts it, “I believe in the innate power and limitless potential of women who just need to find the confidence to speak up to make a difference. The world is ready for more female voices in decision-making. We need balance, a range of perspectives, and decision-making should reflect the diversity of the world itself.”While Karine Pansa, President, IPA, says, “I think the global publishing sector is becoming much more sensitive to the need to be more diverse at all levels.”

Nitasha Devasar, Managing Director, Taylor & Francis India, shares, “What we need is more metrics and objective measures of contributions by women in Indian publishing. What is measured can be acknowledged and enhanced, so we need some measures of collective impact alongside individual success stories.”

To which Neeta Gupta, Publisher, Yatra Books, adds, “I think women have an advantage over men when it comes to the publishing sphere, as they have many more role models and opportunities for mentorship.” While, Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group, shares, “Women are infusing the industry with authenticity, vulnerability, and a nuanced understanding of the human experience.” There are many such opinions from other influential and successful women in the industry in this issue. Read on to know more.

In a historic decision, the Lok Sabha recently passed the Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023, repealing the colonial era law of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867. The new Bill removes the procedural obstacles involving multiple approvals at various stages for starting a newspaper/printed publication in India. The use of technology along with provisions for online applications and automated processing shall enhance the speed of registration process significantly.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and successful 2024 and do enjoy all the book events which are lined up….

Happy Reading!


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