It has been held in 2011 and 2012 in Goa, India, which is the birthplace of Gutenberg-style printing in Asia. It has been held at the International Centre, Goa in the first year and at the Goa State Central Library in Panjim/Panaji in the second (September 16–17, 2012).
According to the IndianPrinterPublisher.com, "The conference was conceptualized out of a need to understand the changes in technology and business practices that had the potential to impact the publishing sector so that its stakeholders could better prepare themselves for the future."
This event draws "publishers, authors, bloggers, digital content developers, literary critics and others associated with the publishing ecosystem from around the country and internationally."
In 2012, organisers said among the prominent speakers were representatives of leading Indian publishing houses including Pratham Books, Hippocampus, Hachette India, Penguin India, Karadi Tales, Indiaplaza.com, Springer India, New Horizon Media, and Duckbill[disambiguation needed]—covering various genres like children’s books, academic books and books in Indian languages.
The event takes the shape of panel discussions and talks. Among the issues focussed on are impact of social media marketing, business process outsourcing, ebooks. According to YourStory.In, "Publishing Next is also designed to be a networking platform to facilitate the trade of publishing rights, encourage dialogue between publishers and vendors and organize workshops on the technical aspects of social media marketing and digitization of content."
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