60 Years of Book Publishing in India

Editor: Dina N. Malhotra

  • About the book

    This book presents a panorama of Indian publishing through the story of eighteen Indian languages including English. Thus it seeks to establish the vibrancy of the publishing scene in India. Part one of the book contains chapters on the eighteen languages and these have been written by eminent writers who are experts in the field.

    They encompass the story of the evolution of publishing in each language, presenting a sweep of the work done not only in sixty years after the independence but also present an overview of the tasks accomplished in the years prior to independence. It assimilates the struggle, the strife, and the triumph of the Indian publishers who have waged many a battle and emerged victorious today.

    The second part of this book forms a synthesis of ideas expressed by eminent persons 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 the talks about the role played by the Federation of Indian Publishers as a national platform for Indian publishing. The part played by the National Book Trust of India has been properly delineated.

    It is a remarkable Reference Book on Indian Publishing with most authentic statistics.

  • About the editor

    Dina N. Malhotra, Chairman, Hind Pocket Books 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; President-Emeritus of the Federation of Indian Publishers and formerly 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; Honorary President of the 24th International Publishers Congress,New Delhi 1992. He was awarded the national honour of Padma-Shri in 2000 by the President of India.

    He started his career as a college lecturer in Political Science but after a short stint he came into active publishing in which he stayed for over half a century making bold experiments. Now he writes regularly on subjects connected with publishing, Copyright and national development.

    His book ‘Dare to Publish’ containing his memoirs on his publishing career starting from Lahore to New Delhi including Partition of the country and Emergency has become a source of inspiration to publishers.


Publication Year 2006
ISBN-10 81-86519-06-8
Binding Hardcover
Edition First
Language (English)
No. of pages 440