A Snapshot of the History of Publishing: from illiteracy to e-readers

Traditional publishing is a long time-consuming process. Big publishing houses are highly selective when choosing content. If an author doesn’t have an existing audience, it becomes even more difficult to crack a deal. On the other hand, self-publishing favours the author in many ways. The author has full authority to decide when to publish the book. He or she also retains all rights relating to the book.

Telling Old Stories: Folklore and Fairytales | The Little Light by Dipa Sanatani

The genesis of fairy tales can be traced back to tradition of oral stories told by wandering storytellers. Such stories, which were passed on from mouth to mouth for long years without being written down ever, fascinated the children for centuries and kept their imagination alive. These stories remain in their memory along with their deep underlying moral streak, even when kids grow up. Such is the power of folklore and fairytales.

Melaka’s The Royal Press: rediscover the old art of printing

As I made my way down Jonker Street, I found myself at The Royal Press - one of the world's oldest surviving polyglot letterpress museums dedicated to preserving the craft of letterpress printing. Located in one of Melaka's many shophouses, I was immediately hit by a sense of nostalgia when I walked in. As a descendant of Southeast Asian merchants, I am all too familiar with the concept of the shopfloor on the ground floor and a living space on the second floor.

Spirituality and Materialism: are they really opposites? Author Interview with Dipa Sanatani

"Spirituality is faith and experience based whereas science is fact and observation based. I don’t see why the two can’t coexist. We humans have a great capacity for imagination and compassion. We’re also incredibly analytical and rational. It’s how our brains are wired – to live with these two contradictions and still function."