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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

That's Why They Make A Beeline For Foreign Publishers, Thomas

“Nobody who writes fiction in India does it for the money,” said Thomas Abraham, head of Penguin India. “If you ignore the Seths and the William Dalrymples, books don’t make any money for authors.”
- From an article in The Times (UK)

3 Comments:

  • :)

    By Blogger uma, at 8:49 AM  

  • He's right, I've worked with Penguin. It may be a sorry state but authors are paid a pittance. And its no wonder why: you sell 1000-2000 copies of an average book that sells for 175-250 Rupees each. How much is left after the huge running expenses of a publishing firm? (Distributors take 40% of MRP)

    Hopefully the new idea of publishing Hindi and Malayalam books will do the trick, and generate the numbers sorely needed.

    By Blogger Parii, at 9:37 AM  

  • Now they tell us :)

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 2:46 PM  

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