Monday, May 21, 2018

Pratham Books is Hiring : Assistant Sales Manager

Pratham Books is looking for a Assistant Sales Manager to join our team in Delhi.

The Organisation:
Pratham Books (www.prathambooks.org) is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India. As a publisher serving every child in India, Pratham Books has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to exploring innovative ways in which to create access to joyful stories and have been fortunate in finding partners to collaborate with who share this vision.

Illustration by Abhishek Choudhury
The Role
Responsible for Sales and Distribution of Pratham Books offerings across India.
  •  Maintaining and increasing the sales.
  • Collecting customer feedback and market research.
  •  To focus on business development from new geographies.
  •  Build and sustain partnerships with institutions, corporates, NGOs and schools
  • Compiling and analyzing sales figures.
  •  Make recommendations on product enhancements for improved sales potential
  •  Design or contribute to branding and marketing programs
  •  Keeping up to date with products and competitors.
  •  Assisting the sales manager to achieve the designated sales target.
  • Create awareness of Pratham Books' products. through events like story telling sessions, about StoryWeaver through workshops, organising book fairs, etc
  • Perform and handle infra structural/operational tasks like quotations, follow ups for payments,etc.
Job Specific Competencies
  • Job Knowledge – 2-4 years of sales/business development experience in a publishing/books distribution house, adequate knowledge about children’s books and its market outreach. Sales skills like understanding the customer need, presenting the product, negotiation and closure. Sales organization skills like maintaining accurate records for each account and preparing sales report.
  • Customer Focus - Building customer confidence, commitment to customer satisfaction by addressing their concerns, solving their problems. Setting achievable customer expectations and ensuring commitments are met on time. Soliciting ideas and opinions from the customers.
  • Planning skills – Prepare a plan and set achievable targets. Communicate timelines and the plan clearly with stakeholders and internal teams. Set follow up process to make it possible working with multiple teams and ensuring on time delivery of the books. Uses judgement to make changes to the set plan to accommodate unforeseen events.
Organization Competencies
  • Results & Accountability: Takes ownership of a task or project and produces results according to expectations. Requests clarification as needed. Provides frequent updates on status of deliverables and priorities. Keeps team members and management apprised. Prioritizes tasks and sets challenging goals. Demonstrates problem-solving skills and critical thinking. Displays a sense of urgency, meeting deadlines. Takes projects to completion.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Works collaboratively and harmoniously with others, considers their ideas, and shares knowledge in order to achieve objectives. Actively participates and contributes in team meetings and discussions. Demonstrates sensitivity and understanding of attitudes, interests, and needs of others when communicating. Ability to influence and negotiate, with support of facts and data, in a convincing manner so as to build support for ideas and objectives.
  • Adaptability/Openness: Adapts to change. Adjusts to new objectives. Handles pressure and uncertainty while remaining productive. Open to constructive feedback. Adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Innovation and Initiative - Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, solves problems innovatively.
Work environment
Working with geographically distributed sales teams. Frequent travel involved.

Other essential requirements
  • Basic computer knowledge 
  • Background in Business Development, Sales, Marketing
  • Interpersonal skills
Location : This is a full-time position based in Delhi.

Salary: Compensation for this position is 4-5 Lakhs per annum.

Candidates who are interested can mail their resumes to careers@prathambooks.org with 'Assistant Sales Manager' in the subject line of the email.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Shortlisted : FICCI Publishing Awards

Miss Bandicoata Bengalensis is crossing her fingers. Why? Because the story of her adventures has been shortlisted for the FICCI Publishing Awards 2017 (under the 'Children's Book of the Year : Hindi' category).


मिस बैंडीकोटा बेंगालेन्सिस कोई मामूली भारतीय छछुंदर न थी। उसकी आँखें बहुत जादुई थीं, वैसी आँखें किसी और छछुंदर की नहीं थीं, और अपनी उन जादुई आँखों से वह सबकुछ देख लेना चाहती थी। हर दिन वह अपना खुदाई पिटारा बाँधबूंध तैयार करती। उसके इस पिटारे में होते – उसके गॉगल्स (धूप चश्मे), दूरबीन, खुर्दबीन (आतिशी कांच) और उसके चिपकू बैंडेज। वह कहती, “एक खोजी यात्री हर दम तैयार रहता है।” हर नये दिन नयी जड़ों, नयी पत्तियों और नये दानों वाली किसी नयी फसल वाले एक नये खलिहान की ओर वह एक नयी दिशा में वह खुदाई करती। वह लौट तो आती... लेकिन फिर किसी नयी खोह की खोज में... इस बार हमारी यह अनूठी खोजिन समुद्र तक जा पहुँची है। आप भी मिस बैंडीकोटा बेंगालेन्सिस के साथ सागर किनारे की उस टहल का मज़ा लें जिस दौरान वह अजीब-अजीब जन्तुओं के सम्पर्क में आती है।

Miss Bandicoata Bengalensis was not just any little Indian mole rat. She had magical eyes like no other mole rat and she wanted to see everything. Every night, she packed her explorer's kit: her sunglasses, binoculars, magnifying glass and of course, her favourite - a strip of sticker bandages. " An explorer is always prepared," she said. Every time she dug in a new direction and returned through a new burrow! This time our unlikely explorer has surfaced near the sea. Enjoy walk along the beach with her as she befriends a host of strange creatures.
If you have not met Miss Bandicoata Bengalensis or read about her adventures, this is the perfect time to catch up on them and send her some good luck.



Get your own copy of the book here.

Pratham Books is Hiring : Editorial Assistant

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India. In 13 years, we have published over 3000 books and distributed over 14 million copies of our storybooks and 16 million story cards.

In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader, we were one of the first publishers in the country to open license our content. All this content is now available on StoryWeaver, which is a digital platform that hosts stories in languages from India and beyond, so that every child can have an endless stream of stories in her mother tongue to read and enjoy. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free. All stories on the platform are openly licensed.

As the stories on StoryWeaver are travelling further, we need more hands on board!


Currently, we're looking for a full-time, Editorial Assistant to join our Digital Team in Bangalore.

Illustration by Sunaina Coehlo for the story ' Miss Bandicota Bengalensis Discovers the Old Caves'
Job description
StoryWeaver is looking for an editorial assistant. The position involves, working with the editorial team, to adapt books for the digital platform, maintain quality on the platform and perform administrative and editorial tasks. 

Required Skill-set:
Good communication skills in English 
Work with the StoryWeaver team to maintain quality on the platform
Ability to tag stories and images before uploading on StoryWeaver
Coordinate with the administrative team for documentation, records and payments 
Ability to maintain and document day-to- day editorial assignments
Ability to multitask, meet tight deadlines and be team player

Desirable
Degree in Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Media /Language
Tech savvy with a sharp eye and love for languages

Experience
1-2 years work experience would be good, but freshers may also apply. 

Location
This is a full time position in our Bengaluru office.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume and sample of work to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with Editorial Assistant - StoryWeaver in the subject line of the email. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pratham Books is Hiring : Assistant Editor

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India. In 13 years, we have published over 3000 books and distributed over 14 million copies of our storybooks and 16 million story cards.

In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader, we were one of the first publishers in the country to open license our content. All this content is now available on StoryWeaver, which is a digital platform that hosts stories in languages from India and beyond, so that every child can have an endless stream of stories in her mother tongue to read and enjoy. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free. All stories on the platform are openly licensed.

As the stories on StoryWeaver are travelling further, we need more hands on board!

Currently, we're looking for a full-time, Assistant Editor to join our Digital Team in Bangalore.

Illustration by Priya Kuriyan for the story 'Anna's Extraordinary Experiments with Weather'
Job description 

StoryWeaver is looking for a creative person to take on the work of an assistant editor. The position involves, editing chosen manuscripts, maintaining quality on the platform and working with the team to improve StoryWeaver. The position requires an interest in children’s literature and digital publishing.

Required Skill-set
  • Excellent communication skills in English 
  • Ability to copy-edit
  • Ability to work with graphic designer to adapt content for StoryWeaver 
  • Work with the StoryWeaver team to maintain quality on the platform
  • Ability to tag stories and images before uploading on StoryWeaver
  • Coordinate with the administrative team for documentation, records and payments 
  • Work with the team to identify opportunities to bring more stories onto StoryWeaver
  • Ability to maintain and document day-to-day editorial assignments
  • Ability to multitask and be team player
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
Desirable
  • Degree in Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Media /Language
  • Ability to visualise and engage creatively with the design team
Experience
At least 3-4 years in an editorial position would be good. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in children's publishing or with children.

Location
This is a full time position in our Bengaluru office.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume and sample of work to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with Assistant Editor - StoryWeaver in the subject line of the email.

Pratham Books is Hiring : Data Analyst

About the Organization

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India.

In the last 3 years, we have invested deeply in technology based initiatives to further our mission. We are now looking for a Data Analyst as we significantly scale these initiatives.

(Image by Thea Nicole de Klerk from the BookDash book 'Springloaded' by Chenél Ferreira and Sam Wilson)

About the Platform

StoryWeaver is a digital platform that hosts stories in languages from India and beyond, so that every child can have an endless stream of stories in her mother tongue to read and enjoy. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free. All stories on the platform are openly licensed and the goal is to open source the code as well. In two years, StoryWeaver has scaled from 800 stories in 24 languages to 7800 stories in 111 languages by engaging with a community of users. We want every child to have access to quality reading resources in their own language.

StoryWeaver is being recognized as an emerging innovation that can transform the early literacy reader ecosystem globally. Our vision is for StoryWeaver to be the largest multilingual open library in the world for children by empowering communities to address the scarcity of reading resources in their mother tongue languages and scale the quantity and quality of content being produced.

Job Description

We are looking for a passionate individual wanting to make a difference, one who believes that technology can be a powerful enabler in creating equitable access to resources. This role requires an individual contributor who can work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a team environment and deliver the project in a timely manner within allocated resources and budgets.

We are looking for a Data Analyst to work closely alongside our Product Development team and other internal teams. You will discover the insights within our data sets, and help us make smarter decisions to deliver better results for our end users.

In this role, you will be responsible for providing requirements for new features for collection of data, execute data validation checks, ensure data integrity, use statistical techniques to analyse and interpret data, take complete ownership of Google Analytics, identify trends and provide insightful reports to internal and external audience.

We’re looking for a self-motivated, detail-oriented individual who loves digging into data, developing insights and communicating data-based recommendations. You will work closely with the internal teams and tech partners to implement your recommendations, track the impact and course correct.

The position will report to the Head of Digital Projects but also requires working closely with the top management. The person needs to be an out-of-the box thinker and should be a strong believer and propagator of use of open technologies.

The individual will be responsible for the following:
  • Work closely with internal product owners to understand the target audience and their motivations, generate the product enhancement, development ideas and requirements docs.
  • Perform steps required to create analysis-ready data sets.
  • Perform regular data analysis to demystify, assess readership, content gap, trends and performances.
  • Extracting valuable insight from our data and generating analysis that drives user retention and conversion.
  • Build a visualization tool that allows internal users to interactively explore the data and insights.
  • Respond to ad-hoc report and analysis requests from other teams as needed.
  • Take all data driven features to fruition by working closely with the product development teams.
  • Be the bridge in between organization and other data-for-good communities
Must haves
  • BTech/MSc/MCA or other graduate degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Market Research, Operational Research, or related quantitative discipline.
  • Experience working with data and analytics.
  • Good technical background with some hands on experience with Python/R, relational databases to perform data analysis.
  • Ability to interpret findings through data visualization and delivery of presentations to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Expertise with Google Analytics and common Data Visualization platforms like Tableau, Apache Superset, Google DataStudio etc.
  • Strong analytical thought process, ability to extract data and transform it into valuable, actionable insight.
  • 0-3 years of experience in the industry
Nice to have but not mandatory
  • Experience working with non-profits.
  • Experience with Machine Learning.
Location: Position is based out of Bangalore and we are open to part-time as well as full-time position. Project is expected to complete within a 2 year time-frame.

Salary: Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates can email their resume to storyweaver@prathambooks.org and anamika@prathambooks.org

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review : Dipa Karmakar: In Perfect Balance

Paromita Chakrabarti reviews our book 'Dipa Karmakar: In Perfect Balance' in her article 'Need New Names'


Via Indian Express

Last year, while reading Rachel Ignotofsky’s Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win, one had hoped that there would come a time when Indian publishers would consider such a book on the considerable achievements of women athletes in India.

Sreelata Menon’s book on Dipa Karmakar seems to be the first baby step in this direction. This slim volume takes readers through the arc of Karmakar’s life — the first Indian female gymnast to participate in the Olympics, and, whose bold decision to perform the risky Produnova almost fetched her a medal at the 2016 summer Olympics. Behind that near-miss is the story of a lifetime of discipline and a refusal to accede to roadblocks. Karmakar grew up in Agartala, a city not particularly known for its gymnastic culture. She had flat feet and no access to proper training facilities. But she had parents who believed that she could overcome all of these and coaches who worked with her to realise her true potential. This is a book that is important because it starts a long-needed conversation about our women athletes.


Buy the book or read the book here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Pratham Books is Hiring : Graphic Designer

Pratham Books is a not-for-profit children's book publisher that was set up in 2004 to publish good quality, affordable books in many Indian languages. Our mission is to see ‘a book in every child’s hand’ and we have spread the joy of reading to millions of children in India. In 13 years, we have published over 3000 books and distributed over 14 million copies of our storybooks and 16 million story cards.

In 2015, Pratham Books' increased its footprint by going digital. As an industry leader, we were one of the first publishers in the country to open license our content. All this content is now available on StoryWeaver, which is a digital platform that hosts stories in languages from India and beyond, so that every child can have an endless stream of stories in her mother tongue to read and enjoy. The stories can be read, translated, versioned or downloaded for free. All stories on the platform are openly licensed.

Donate-a-book, is a unique crowd-funding platform for children’s books. The platform helps to bridge the gap between individuals who want to help children read and those organizations, schools and individuals who need books for children.

At Pratham Books, we are shaping a new, innovative approach to multilingual publishing because we believe that every child needs good books to read in a language of their choice.

Pratham Books is looking for a Graphic Designer to join our team. This is a full-time position based in Bangalore.


The candidate will be responsible for:
  • Design and layout of children's picture books for print.
  • Adapting original design files (in print) and converting it into sizes and designs that are suitable for StoryWeaver - Pratham Books’ digital story platform.
  • Working closely with our Content Team to create and adapt content for digital and print mediums.
  • Working closely with the production team for the first print run of the books.
Required skills:
  • Minimum one to three years of experience in print and digital graphic design
  • A mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) and a grasp of the production process for both print and web
  • Strong graphic design skills and an interest in book layouts
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately on design files
  • Understanding of typography, composition, layout, color, image formats and impactful design along with a keen sense of visualization
  • Meticulous attention to design detail and quality
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills, including the ability to multitask, shift priorities when needed, work well under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and react quickly and smoothly to changes
  • Ability to collaborate with and take direction 
  • Good communication skills
  • Interest in book publishing; familiarity with children’s book publishing a plus
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send your resume and a link to your portfolio to storyweaver@prathambooks.org with ‘Graphic Designer' in the subject line of the email.