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Indian publishing is always in the news. It could be a mega litfest or a bestselling author whom the intelligentsia sneers at; it could be a book sought to be banned, an author who gives up writing unable to thwart the right wing loonies at his door, or even the biggest book fair in the Third World, in New Delhi, which ended on February 22.

No transparency
Yet, much of the book industry in India is make-believe and hype. Publishers operate behind a wall of secrecy and books are mostly sold by generating buzz

Dear Penguin Random House Colleagues: Since July 1, I have had the privilege to meet with more than eight thousand of our colleagues around the world, getting to know the heart of our new company:  you. Each of our Penguin Random House companies faces distinct opportunities and challenges, but the way all of you approach your work is the same: with a commitment fueled by a genuine love for what you do. In my conversations at every location-from Kirkwood to Frating, Toronto to New Delhi-

 Bloomsbury is expanding internationally, with the launch of Bloomsbury India today (21st September).

The New Delhi-based company will publish both Indian and international authors, in fiction and non-fiction.

In November 2012, it will release the first Wisden India Cricketers' Almanack 2012, which will be followed in December by Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan by William Dalrymple, whose previous book Nine Lives was a number one bestseller in India, according to the publisher.

André Schiffrin, 76, a leading figure in the New York book publishing world, quit Pantheon in 1990 to establish a not-for-profit independent publishing house, The New Press, explaining that economic trends prevented him from publishing serious books.

Schiffrin describes the crisis in Western publishing in his 2011 book, The Business of Books: How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read. In 2010, in Words and Money, he commented on the role of conglomerates in the newspaper and film business.

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