The Press Club of Bangalore (PCB) has achieved the rare distinction of becoming a publishing house. It has published half a dozen books on different subjects written by local journalists and club members and released by Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh.
PCB has set up Press Club Prakashana to encourage creative and literary writings by its member journalists. Speaking to exchange4media, General Secretary of PCB, Sadashiva Shenoy, said that the club had forayed into publishing essentially to make use of the creative talent of a bunch of very good writers and to give a healthy image to the club. "In the last two years our attempt was to make PCB a cultural hub and this year our focus is on turning it into a literary hub," Shenoy remarked.
Shenoy informed that PCB has identified 25 subjects for book writing. These include sports, politics, science, ecology, literature, profiles, research work and analyses. While this month six books by journalists Girish Rao, CS Dwarkanath, Padmaraja Dandavati, Dr Vijaya, N Shankar and Janagere Venkataramaiah have been published, next month PCB will be releasing about eight to nine books written by eminent editors.
The target, according to Shenoy, is to publish 70-odd books by May next year.
PCB is also offering a rare incentive of a fixed royalty to the writers at the time of book release. "For a book of 150 pages, we offer a fixed royalty of Rs 5,000 and for books exceeding 150 pages, the royalty is Rs 8,000. Another major incentive for the writers is the decision of the state government to buy their books for libraries. Some of these books may well be prescribed as textbooks in schools and colleges in next academic year," Shenoy said.