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PrintHistory of Indian Printing and Publishing
Online resources

September 2017
Compiled by Neha Sankhla

India's printing and publishing industry had its origins in mid-sixteenth century when printing press was brought by Jesuit missionaries through Goa. The initiation was primarily to promote Christianity among Indians. In turn it also aided the growth of Indian vernacular languages to produce various literary works. It was during the nineteenth century that numerous Indian-owned printing presses started to spread their ideas and thoughts through educational, social, religious and political works. And that led Britishers to monitor Indian publishing industry through various legal Acts. Today, Indian printing and publishing is one of the largest and most profitable industries in the world producing more than 80,000 multilingual works every year. Not only its reader base has grown in years but it has also given a platform to new voices. Following is a list for more information on the history of Indian printing and publishing:

1. The History of Indian Publishing: A Note on Sources, by Frances W. Pritchett, India International Centre Quarterly, 1983. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23001387

2. 'Neocolonialism' and Indian Publishing, by Philip G. Altbach, Economic and Political Weekly, 1971. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4381939

3. Review: INDELIBLE IMPRESSIONS: History of Printing and Publishing in India: A story of Cultural Re-awakening: Volume I: South Indian origins of printing by B.S. Kesavan, Review by: N. Iqbal Singh, India International Centre Quarterly, 1984. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23001712

4. The Early History of Bengali Printing, by M. Siddiq Khan, The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 1962. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4305188

5. Printing in ancient India, by B. Ch. Chhabra, East and West, 1959. http://www.jstor.org/stable/29754139

6. The dynamic print public sphere, University of Delhi, 2017. http://vle.du.ac.in/mod/book/view.php?id=11185&chapterid=21109

7. INDIAN PUBLISHING: RECENT TRENDS, by C.R. BANERJI, Sahitya Akademi, 1966. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23329516

8. Impact of print on nationalism, University of Delhi, 2017. http://vle.du.ac.in/mod/book/view.php?id=11185&chapterid=21112

9. STATUS OF INDIAN PRINTING INDUSTRY AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, Shodhganga. http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/42701/11/11_chapter%203.pdf

10. Printing Industry In India, Wikipedia.

11. Numbers And Letters: The possibilities and pitfalls before India’s publishing industry,
by Vinutha Mallya, The Caravan, 2016.

12. An overview on the state of Indian publishing, by Som Sapru, PrintWeek, 2016. http://printweek.in/features/book-publishing-22755

13. “PRESS” THIS, by Ananth V, Digital Marketing, 2010. http://www.techdivine.com/tdblog/2010/06/press-this/

14. The Printing Press in India: Its Beginnings and Early Developments, by Anant Kakba Priolkar, Marathi Samshodhana Mandala, 1958. https://archive.org/details/PrintingPressInIndia

15. Evolution of Print in India: Freedom Struggle, by Priya Vijaykumar, Campus Diaries, 2014. https://campusdiaries.com/stories/evolution-of-print-in-india-freedom-struggle-to-privatization


17. History of Printing, Printing India.

18. Early phase of Printing in Calcutta, Wikipedia.

19. Print Media comes to North East India, by Charvak, Global Media Journal, 2015.

20. History of Media in Bengal: A chronological Overview, by Arani Basu, Transcience, 2013.

21. The Cuttack Mission Press and Early Oriya Printing, by Graham W. Shaw, British Library Journal.

22. History of Printing in Kerala, Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala.

This list is in progress. Please let us know if you know of some good archive on the Internet which concerns us and we may have missed. Please report if you find any dead links.

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