Career Options in Book Publishing

We have published about career options related to printing presses in our last edition. This time we are publishing more about publishing as a careeropion. Publishing is the dissemination of literature, music or information-the activity of making information available to the general public. There may be different publications although the most popular form is none other than book publishing. Publishing is a process of providing printed information through books, magazines, journals, newspapers, database, and directories for mass circulation. Initially, publishing was restricted to print media, such as books and newspapers, but due to digital information systems and the Internet, its scope has spread to the electronic media today.

The publishing industry in India is counted among the top seven publishing nations in the world. With an estimated market of INR 10,000 crores, India ranks third after the US and UK in English language publishing. With the coming of the digital age, the nature of the industry has changed. The advancement in technology and Indian's skilled manpower resource makes the country a major outsourcing hub for print and pre-publishing services in the world - be it print, design or editorial. The sector has tremendous potential, both in the domestic as well as the export markets.

There are different courses available in India. These programs are offered at the degree, diploma and certificate levels. One can seek admission in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in book publishing, publishing professionals course, NBT training course in book publishing, or diploma in printing technology. After completing a course in Book publishing, one can choose a job as per their qualification, in any of the departments of publishing houses, such as editorial, production, distribution, sales and marketing. Text books for schools and colleges or other academic institutions dominates the book publishing industry., Apart from text books, there are many other books which are being published every day. 

Employment opportunities are available in the central and State government agencies such as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Ministry of Education and Culture, who have their own publication divisions. Apart from these some other organizationswhich are involved in publishing educational and cultural publications includes Sahitya Academy, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Indian Council of Social Science Research, etc. One could also work in publishing houses of organizations such as National Book Trust, NCERT and the Children's Book Trust. There are other publication houses like Penguin, Harper Collins, Picador, Random House, Oxford University Press, Mac Millen, etc.

In India, publishing as a career can prove to be very beneficial and lucrative, due to its extensive importance in both print and electronic media. Currently, there are many institutes in India offering courses in publishing. Some of the courses related to book publishing include B.A.Book Publishing, Condensed Course for Book  Publishing, Diploma in Book Publishing, NBT Training Course in Book Publishing, P.G Diploma in Book Publishing, etc. Publication is not necessary in English hence there are many other languages where books are being published. In Assam, there are many publication houses that publishes books in Assamese and other languages. As there are many languages in Assam and the Northeast, one may also focus in publishing books in languages like Assamese, Bodo and others. 

Just having any qualification in book publishing may not guarantee a good job because apart from qualification, many skills are required to be well placed and become successful in book publishing. One must be passionate about books and possess effective communication skills. As we are living in the digital age now, so one must be equipped with technological skills to be ahead of peers in the field of book publishing. Like published books there are also demands for e books or soft copies but there is always demand for published books. 


Civil Services Examination 2018: The Union Public Service Commission will hold Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination on 3rd June. This preliminary examination will be common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination and will be screening mechanisms for selection of candidates for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.  Candidates are required to apply online on or before 6th march. Further details may be obtained from the official website of UPSC.  


NEET 2018: As per regulations framed under the Indian Medical Council Act-1956 as amended in 2018 and the Dentists Act-1948 as amended in 2018, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (UG), 2018 (NEET-UG-2018) will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in India in Medical/Dental Colleges run with the approval of Medical Council of India/Dental Council of India under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India except for the institutions established through an Act of Parliament i.e. AIIMS and JIPMER Puducherry. The NEET (UG), 2018 will be conducted on Sunday, the 6th May, 2018. Last date for applying for the entrance is 9th March. 


Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships 2018: The Aga Khan Scholarship or International Scholarship Program (ISP) is provided by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and provides a limited number of scholarships per year to outstanding students who cannot found their own education for pursuing full time postgraduate studies. The Scholarship is also offered for PhD programs if the student is exceptionally talented and requires a PhD for fulfilling his/her career objectives (academic or research oriented). Aspirants may apply before 16th March. 


CLAT: Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of 'merit-cum- preference' to each University for admission to their Under-Graduate (UG)/Post-Graduate (PG) programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes. The last date for applying is 31st March. 


Fulbright Nehru Fellowship Program for Indian Citizens: The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and India through academic and cultural exchange. Since 1950, the Fulbright Program has sponsored Indians from all walks of life to gain a greater understanding of U.S. society, culture, and values, and to foster a deeper appreciation of India amongst their American colleagues. USIEF has announced Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships and other opportunities for the academic year 2019-20. Last date for submitting application is 15th June. 

Ranjan K Baruah is a social activist and career mentor who has conducted career awareness programme in different parts of Assam and Northeast India and can be reached at [email protected] or 98640 55558 for any career related queries