Juggernaut Books has appointed Priya Ramani as editor-at-large for its digital properties. Ramani will be based out of Bangalore and will work on news and features in lifestyle, sports, business, food, tech, religion and others. “At large” generally means that the editor has no specific assignments, but rather works on whatever interests them.
Prior to Juggernaut, Ramani led Lounge, Mint’s weekend section, for eight years. She also worked at other publication like India Today, Elle, Indian Express and Reuters and was an editor for Cosmopolitan.
Mobile publishing: In September, Juggernaut Books raised an undisclosed round of funding from FabIndia’s founder William Bissell, Infosys’ co-founder Nandan Nilekani and Neeraj Aggarwal, managing director of Boston Consulting Group India. At the time, it’s website was in the beta phase and provided writers with a digital and physical platform for books. The company said it would publish books in various genres including literature, commercial, children’s, business and lifestyle.
Note that the platform’s business model is unclear, as it said then that it would look at new ways of commissioning books, rethink the reading experience on mobile devices and book distribution and payments. The Hindu reports that Juggernaut will publish 50 titles each year, starting from April 2016. It will be distributed and warehoused by Hachette India.
Developments in the online publishing space:
– In November, S Chand, the publisher of textbooks and competitive exam material, raised $27 million (Rs 179.2 crore) led by International Finance Corp (Rs 110 crore) and existing investor Everstone Capital (Rs 60 crore).
– The same month, Quintype, a CMS that lets publishers manage editorial assignments, launched SpeakWrite, a platform for digital media startups where it would provide design services, developing and testing for websites and apps and 1,000 hours of professional services over 12 months.
– In September, non profit trust Pratham Books launched StoryWeaver, an open source digital platform, which featured 800 stories in 24 languages (14 Indian and 12 international languages), with an image repository of over 2,000 images.