26 January 2024, 2:00 pm UK time

Bookselling in India: The ‘Proper’ and the ‘Parallel’

The presenters retain copyright for all images in the presentation except those listed below. Images may be re-used with permission of the copyright holders, either Pritha Mukherjee or Kanupriya Dhingra.

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Photograph of the book launch of India Book Market Report, 2022. Image of Nielsen Bookscan India Book Market Report 2022 from “New report on the Indian book market” by IPA Editor, International Publishers Association, 4 Oct 2022, online. https://internationalpublishers.org/new-report-on-the-indian-book-market/

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No. of publishers and Data about sales generated revenue from 2019-2022. “Total number of publishers for selected countries, 2022” by Nielsen Bookdata, November 2023, in The Global Publishing Industry in 2022, WIPO, 2023. CC BY 4.0, p. 26.

“Total copies sold and sales revenue, 2019-2022,” by Nielsen Bookscan, November 2023, in “Nielsen Bookscan data,” The Global Publishing Industry in 2022, WIPO, 2023. CC BY 4.0, p. 20.

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Seagull Books photos. Seagull Books, Kolkata, from their website https://www.seagullbooks.org/the-seagull-books-store/

Book collection in Seagull books, Kolkata, from Seagull Books Instagram page. https://www.instagram.com/theindiastory/p/C19vTs3y8ZG/

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The book launch of Smoke and Ashes by Amitav Ghosh (Harper Collins, 2023) at Taj Bengal, Kolkata https://www.instagram.com/p/CvWouqMrnDF/

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Presidency University, formerly known as Presidency College in Kolkata, by Pinakpani/CC BY SA 4.0/wikimedia.org https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Presidency_University,_formerly_known_as_Presidency_College_in_Kolkata_18.jpg

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Photograph of Dasgupta and Company https://www.getbengal.com/details/das-gupta-and-company-the-oldest-book-shop-opens-a-free-library-getbengal-exclusive-interview

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Photo of Abu Sorip Mullick, or PT Kaku from “Booksellers of College Street: Between tiny  shops and greasy palms, an untold story” by Ishita Sengupta, Indian Express, Kolkata, 21 Dec 2018. Photo by Subham Dutta https://indianexpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/college-street_759.jpg

By Eben J Muse

Dr Eben J. Muse is a Reader in Bookselling at the School of Arts, Culture(s) and Language at Bangor University. He has been Co-Director of Stephen Colclough Centre for the History and Culture of the Book since 2016. He was raised in a bookstore in Massachusetts which he now owns, and he conducts research into the business and culture of bookstores. He is currently editing the Books & Bookselling strand of the Cambridge Elements Series Publishing and Book Culture and co-director of the Bookselling Research Network.