8th Publishing Next Industry Awards conferred!


 HarperCollins Publishers India emerged the winner in the Publisher of the Year category of Publishing Next Industry Awards 2021, for “refusing to rest on its past laurels, and continue to do what publishers must – engage new authors, develop new genres, and reach out to readers, during what was a particularly tough time for the publishing business. Its digital initiatives, and social media campaigns have been notable and illustrate how publishers can, and should, adapt to the new environment.”


Pratham Books, the Bangalore-based nonprofit publisher was declared runner-up in this category. While, the Bookstore of the Year 2021 was awarded to Eureka Bookstore, Delhi, with the Mumbai-based bookstore, Kitab Khana, emerged as the runner-up this year.

Other awards included: Editor of the Year: Winner: Richa Burman (Penguin Random House India), Runners up: Swati Chopra (HarperCollins Publishers India); Illustrator of the Year: Winner: Archana Sreenivasan, Runners up: Karen Haydock; Book Cover of the Year (Indian Languages):Winner: Rohit Kokil(Jeevan ki Bahaar, Eklavya Publications, Runners Up: Kanak Shashi (Ummeed Ke Rang, Eklavya Publications); Book Cover of the Year (English): Winner: Sukruti Anah Staneley (Intimate City, Zubaan), Runners up:Rashmi Gupta (A Mirror Made of Rain, HarperCollins Publishers India); Illustrated Book of the Year: Winner: Still Life; Runners Up: Shaheen Bagh: A Graphic Recollection and Persepolis (in Hindi); Children’s Book of the Year (Ages 0-8), Winner: When Adil Speaks, Words Dance, Runners Up: Chiknik Choon; Children’s Book of the Year (Ages 8+): Winner: They Made What/They Found What, Runners Up: Pongal; Printed Book of the Year (Indian Languages): Winner:Biplabi Rasbe hari Basu O Japan, Runners Up: Akkai; and Printed Book of the Year (English): Winner: Sebastian and Sons: A Brief History of Mrdangam Makers, Runners Up: Ghalib: A Wilderness at My Doorstep: A Critical Biography.

Since its inception in 2014, the annual Publishing Next Industry Awards (PNIA) recognise and reward talent, initiative, entrepreneurship and quality in book publishing, across publishers of all sizes, and in all Indian languages.

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