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Never Out Of Print The Rupa Story: The Journey Of An Independent Indian Publisher

Release date: 10 January 2024
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Rupa began on a Calcutta pavement in 1936, when D. Mehra, an impecunious but driven salesman, dec... Read More

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Rupa began on a Calcutta pavement in 1936, when D. Mehra, an impecunious but driven salesman,

decided to try his hand at selling books. Within a generation, he had established Rupa as a major

purveyor of imported books. Successive generations would make the firm the country's leading

distributor of English-language trade books, representing some of the world's most important publishers,

including Penguin, HarperCollins, Faber and many more. As the company grew, it began publishing

its own titles. Legendary film-maker Satyajit Ray designed the publishing house's first colophon and

became one of its earliest patrons. Other notables on the Rupa list included sportsmen like Sunil

Gavaskar, whose memoir, Sunny Days, gave it one of its bestsellers; Chetan Bhagat, who would go

on to become India's largest-selling author within a few years; and Ruskin Bond, the country's most

beloved writer. Over the decades, as the Indian publishing milieu was reshaped by new entrants

from around the world, Rupa continued to maintain its position as a fiercely independent publisher

of important books, at the forefront of the Indian publishing scene.

Besides providing readers with an engrossing account of how the publishing business works, the

book is studded with stories of the idiosyncratic behavior of literary stars, eye-opening anecdotes

of how some of the country's biggest bestsellers came to be published and tips on what it takes to

make a bestseller.

 

Eye-opening and entertaining, Never Out of Print is the story of a publishing firm that has revolutionized the way books are published, marketed, sold and read in India.

 

Product Details

Title: Never Out Of Print The Rupa Story: The Journey Of An Independent Indian Publisher
Author: Rajen Mehra
Publisher: Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd
SKU: BK0486232
EAN: 9789355204196
Number Of Pages: 504
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 10 January 2024

About Author

Rajen Mehra has been in the book business for over five decades. He started his publishing journeyas an intern at Rupa, the company founded by his granduncle. In 1970, he opened the company'soffice in Delhi and thereafter expanded it to many other cities.He was President of the Federation of Publishers and Booksellers Association of India (FPBAI)in 1987-88. He was decorated with the prestigious Chevalier de L'Ordre National du Mérite by theFrench government for his role in promoting and publishing French literature in India.He is currently the Chairman of Rupa Publications and Aleph Book Company.

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