Press: Anees Salim shares his literary trends for 2016

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The writer shares his literary trends for 2016, particularly placing a lot of hope on fiction, mobile publishing and translations.

When I first heard about it, I was sceptical about its chances. But in a country, where there are about 160 million smartphones in use, mobile publishing looks like an extremely interesting idea. And why not? When you depend on your smartphone to decide, among many other things, what to eat, when to eat and where to eat, why not let it give you some food for thought? Juggernaut will probably set a new trend in reading by starting mobile publishing this year. But it is not going to be easy to change reading habits in a country where physical books are still very much preferred. I think the real challenge lies in getting people to prefer literature over social networking sites on their smartphones. It is one behavioural change that can make a big difference.

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