Indigenous Publishing Industry under Threat from eBooks

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With the advent of e-publishing, there has been a sharp decline in the traditional publication of books. Many peoples are getting e-books. This has plunged the publishing industry into an abysmal state, opines Manthena, exclusively for Different Truths.

Publishers in India are facing a crisis. The dearth of the prospects of printing has been the compelling force behind the closure of many publishing firms. Prospective plans prepared for growth are not yielding fruitful results. With the advent of e-publishing, there has been a sharp decline in the traditional publication of books. Many peoples are getting e-books. This has plunged the publishing industry into an abysmal state.

Against this backdrop, we often get our books published in our country at affordable rates. We do not get complimentary copies from the publishers’ en masse. We often explore the ways of receiving free copies from the publisher, though the prices of books are within the range of purchasability. We should be sane to act sensibly. There should be a rapturous rapprochement between the publishers and the writers. The terms of the agreement arrived at initial stages should be adhered to with complaisance.

The fact that many anthologies of English poems are being published and supplied to contributing poets at reduced rates presents the scenario in our country. If a book contains three hundred poems of sixty poets it will be a bulky one.The publisher cannot supply all poets with complimentary copies. We should explore the possibilities of getting the copies supplied to poets at reasonable rates.

Poetry represents the personalities of poets who have an integrated view of life. It should be studied for delight. So poets should be encouraged by all means. When individual poets can get their own anthologies published bearing all expenditure of publishing we need not think of supplying free copies to poets.

Philanthropy can be reflected in situations which necessitate its presence. We should understand such situations and act resourcefully. We should abandon old ways of thinking and be constructive in ideas, words, and deeds.

©Manthena Damodara Chary

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Manthena Damodara Chary was born into a family of poets at Elukurthy Havel in the erstwhile Warangal District, in 1957. He was a Lecturer in English for 35 years. He contributed poems to various international poetry forums. Recently, he has been presented with the World Icon of Peace from the World Institute for Peace, Nigeria. His poems deal with themes of relevance to the world of humanity.