350 years after the first Tamil book was published, entrepreneurs who will take up publishing as a business have not yet emerged. Tamil authors continue to remain in a difficult situation. Publishers should read new manuscripts and decide whether they are worthwhile, to figure out whether such manuscripts have a market. They should acquire manuscripts from the authors by paying them an advance or by some other arrangement and invest money to publish them and earn profits. It is quite surprising that our entrepreneurs have not taken sufficient interest in publishing.
Books are of course being published now. And a vast number of people of course buy and read them. If the book trade is carried out in a systematic manner, people will have better books to choose from. Right now, only the books that are published by those who can afford to do so, are available to the public. There is no doubt at all that good profits will accrue from book publishing, if it is pursued with enterprise.
-- Subramanya Bharathi, Circa 1907.
Quoted by AR Venkatachalapathy, in a conference organized in New Delhi by NBT to discuss the future of Independent Publishing in India. 3rd October 2007.
மூலம், தமிழில் இருந்ததா, ஆங்கிலத்தில் இருந்ததா என்று தெரியவில்லை.
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