50 Years of Book Publishing in India

Editor: D.N. Malhotra

  • About the book

    This volume is an extensive and analytical survey of the panorama of publishing in the eighteen Indian languages including English. It seeks to establish the extent and vibrancy of the publishing scene in the Indian subcontinent.

    Part one of the volume contains chapters on the eighteen languages contained in the Eighth schedule of the Constitution. The Chapters have been written by eminent writers who are experts in the field. They encompasse the story of the evolution of publishing in each language, presenting a sweep of work done, not only in the fifty years after Independence but also present an overview of the tasks accomplished in the fifty years prior to Independence. It assimilates the struggle, the strife and the triumph of the Indian publishers who have waged many a battle, forded much turbulent waters to emerge victorious today. It is not to say that we have reached an ideal state in publishing. Many a milestone needs to be crossed.

    Here it would not be untoward to quote the words of Robert Frost, dear to Jawaharlal Nehru.
    “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep”

    Part two of this book forms a synthesis of ideas expressed by eminent men of letters concerning not only the various technical aspects of book publishing, but also throw light on the socio-cultural perspectives of books, the multifaceted fields of publishing carried out in the country and talk about the role played by the Federation of Indian Publishers as a national platform for Indian publishing.

    It also records the global views on the Indian publishing scene expressed by an international authority being the Secretary General of the International Publishers’ Association.

  • About the editor

    D.N. Malhotra, Chairman, Hind Pocket Books (P) Ltd. and pioneer of paperback revolution in India has prepared this volume with a deep sense of dedication to Indian publishing.

    He is the recipient of UNESCO’S International Book Award for 1988: Has been a UNESCO Book Consultant since 1966; Former President of the Federation of Indian Publishers and presently Chairman of its Copyright Council; Member of the National Book Development Council of India; As a reputed expert in Copyright, he was the first Chairman of the Joint International Copyright Committee of UNESCO and WIPO; Has conducted a number of Seminars on Copyright specially relating to piracy of Indian books; Inducted into Indian Publishing Hall of Fame in 1988; Honorary President of the 24th International Publishers Congress, New Delhi 1992. He writes regularly on subjects connected with Publishing, Copyright and national development.


Publication Year 1998
ISBN-10 81-7017-378-6
Binding Hardcover
Edition First
Language (English)
No. of pages 324