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Publishers need government support and distribution system

  • Published at 12:37 pm November 21st, 2017
Publishers need government support and distribution system
Moderated by author Firoz Ahmed, the panel consisted of Dipankar Das, Rajib Che and Syed Zakir Hossain and Mustafa Salim. Syed Zakir Hossain, a veteran publisher and CEO of Adorn Publication, said that Bangladeshi publication had come a long way and been able to establish the Ekushey Book Fair. "Ekushey Boi Mela is an important vehicle for delivering books to the readers of Bangladesh." Mustafa Salim said, "Our publication is in a good place now. But we are very print based. We need to move toward e-publication.” Salim, the CEO and proprietor of Utsho Prokashan, further added that “there is a complete lack of investment in publication.” Dipankar Das, owner of Batighar, said that Bangladeshi publication industry “lacks a distribution system.” Rajib Che, owner of Chaitanya Prokashoni, said, "We entered this trade because of love for books. But it has to become a business at one point. We typically print two to five hundred copies of each book. After all expenses we normally have nothing left in profit." Syed Zakir Hossain criticised the practice of not applying higher standards in deciding to publish a book. "Why you would sell a book that will never be available after the Boi Mela? There is no justification for publishing a book that doesn't add to knowledge." The renowned publisher also expressed his disaapointment at the government for not introducing ISBN that is integrated globally. Dipankar Das agreed and said, "70 percent of books currently being published are not worthy of publication." The publisher said that people are reading non fiction more than before. Das also brought to other publishers' attention that recently a publisher was disappeared. “I think publishers should be aware of this," he said. There is a tendency in the publishing industry to promote of writers of the 1960s and 1970s exclusively, Mustafa Salim said. “The media and publishers should promote young writers," he said.