Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Book Trailers and Indian Publishing

Via Hindustan Times
It’s a 40 second video. Big bold letters announce the end of an era. A muscled man raises his head to the sun amid the chanting of Sanskrit shlokas. Sounds like an interesting film, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s the book trailer of Immortals of Meluha, one of the four trailers that the author, Amish, has uploaded on YouTube prior to the book’s release.

This is not the only one. There is an illustrated video announcing the release of Devdutt Patnaik’s book Jaya. There are book trailers for Ashok Bankar’s novels Gods of War and Vengeance of Ravana, too.

Book trailers swept the publishing industry in the West in 2007, but it is now that Indian publishers and independent authors are exploring the potential of such videos.
“This is a relatively new method of publicising books, especially in India.

The idea is to take publicity for books beyond the conventional ambit, into new areas that consumers today are zoning into,” says Hemali Sodhi of Penguin India. The publishing house has a YouTube channel, which “reaches out to younger readers.”

Author Tuhin Sinha created a video for his book That Thing Called Love in 2008, in which Tuhin and a friend enact a scene from the book. “The teaser was meant as a brand-building exercise for the book, and showcased the book’s plot as a plot viable for films,” says Tuhin.

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