The Jaipur Literature Festival, one of the world’s largest free literary festivals, has announced confirmed list of speakers for its co-located BookMark conference. On 18 January, Rick Simonson will moderate a session titled Synergies of the Glocal. The panel including Alexandra Pringle, Ameena Saiyid, Jo Lusby and Ravi Deecee will discuss how South Asian publishers, within a multilingual and relatively under-resourced publishing industry, can compete with huge global players commanding immense resources.
This will be followed with the second session of the day titled The Dynamics of Change which will see well-known publisher, Urvashi Butalia engaging in a discourse with John Makinson. The session will include discussions on how to manage the transition from an industry centred on the single copy purchase and ownership of a physical product to one dealing with a range of devices in which access counts for more than ownership. Bhutalia’s session will also seek how mobile media consumption habits will change the perspective and function of the publishing industry in mature markets of the West.