This collection of primary newspaper texts -- printed between 1780 and 1820 -- allows us access to certain moments in the history of British colonization in India. These newspapers were printed in India, and subsequently, formed a sub-imperial realm of print induced print. A fundamental question that keeps on recurring is this: how did the transfer of culture take place? Even as we acknowledge that these early print newspapers had little commentary on the doings of the natives, for they were meant for a readership that was British, and resided in India, we realize that the desire for print was almost fetishistic. An advertisement in the Calcutta Gazette in 1792, describes a Sanskrit translation of Kalidasa'a Ritusambara: THIS BOOK is the first ever printed in Sanskrit; and it is by the Press alone, that the ancient literature of India can long be preserved: a learner of the most interesting Language, who had carefully perused on of the popular Grammars, could hardly begin his course of study with an easier or more elegant Work than the Ritusambara, or Assemblage of Seasons. Every line composed by Calidas is exquisitely polished and every couplet in the Poem, exhibits an Indian Landscape, always beautiful, sometimes highly coloured, but never beyond nature: four Copies of it have been diligently collated; and where they differed, the clearest and most natural reading has constantly had the preference. CHAPTERS: 1Print induced sub-imperial print 2Literary endeavors 3History and Translation 4Establishing new printing presses and Libraries 5Advertisements for Books 6Public Debates on Print
This book is also a section found in the more comprehensive resource titled: "Advice and Cautions for Independent Publishing Authors." While this book is not actually on the subject of indie authoring or publishing, it does relate to it indirectly because some independent authors do indeed write as freelancers for in-print newspapers. I also believe the experiences I relate regarding dishonestly within a newspaper I worked as a distribution agent for, further helps to educate readers, in regard to the types of scams that are perpetrated by those who are dishonest within the publishing world in general. There are many honest and highly ethical people in businesses, and public offices, including those in the newspaper industry but honesty can only maintain an upper-hand when accountability for potential dishonestly remains in place and is practiced when necessary. I also feel that the type practices I describe in the chapters of this book, that I witnessed first-hand as a contract newspaper distributor, including illegitimate methods for increasing circulation by some newspaper companies, is far more common than the general public may realize. This also means that the cost of advertising being purchased from these newspapers, by businesses and consumers is sometimes illegitimately inflated by dishonest companies, based on false circulation numbers. Could it be that this is possibly one of the reasons for the continuing downfall of printed newspapers, with honest ones suffering, along with the dishonest ones? Written by a veteran "newsboy" with 16 years experience in newspaper sales. TABLE OF CONTENTS: CHAPTER ONE: Why I became a Newsboy CHAPTER TWO: Collection Time Shenanigans CHAPTER THREE: Tucked Away for a Rainy Day CHAPTER FOUR: How to Increase Newspaper Circulation without even Trying CHAPTER FIVE: Confessions of a Corrupt District Manager CHAPTER SIX: Ghost Routes Galore CONCLUSION
Offers the only collection of primary source documents from colonial newspapers on the events and issues of the period.
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