About TERI Press
TERI Press, the publishing arm of TERI, is an independent publishing house in its own right based in New Delhi, India. Best known for its titles in the areas of environment, energy, and sustainable development, TERI Press is committed to publishing high quality works at all levels—from Children books to higher education and magazines to journals.
TERI Press also undertakes turn-key publishing assignments in technical writing and editing, document designing and electronic publishing.
What TERI Press can do for you?
‘Made to order’ publishing
Annual reports, newsletters, publicity literature, manuals, brochures highlighting social work—many organizations publish far more than they realize. And very often it shows. TERI has been publishing for more than two decades and should like other organizations to share its expertise. Most research institutes, for example, lack a separate publications unit and expect professional researchers to take on the job of publishing as an additional responsibility. Other organizations may have a one-time need to publish. TERI Press has successfully collaborated with such organizations in turning raw materials into finished documents on a turnkey basis.
Editorial scrutiny in TERI Press goes well beyond spelling and grammar: our editors will not only change ‘dispose off’ to ‘dispose of’ and ‘despatch’ to ‘dispatch’ but will want to know why an author has switched mid-stream from ‘centre’ to ‘center’, whether the population being quoted for Uttar Pradesh excludes that of Uttaranchal, and how it is that segment A of a pie chart is shown larger than segment B when the data in an accompanying table show just the opposite. And they will notice if a hyphen has been made to do the job of a proper minus sign.
What use is a perfectly edited document if its design fails simple tests of usability? Designers in TERI Press are aware that lines of text longer than 65–70 characters are harder to read (readers frequently miss a line or come back to the same line again), that Arial and Times Roman are best avoided if the text contains e-mail addresses (readers may mistake the numeral one for a capital ‘I’ or small ‘l’), and that smooth, coated papers are useless for forms because they are so difficult to write on. Attention to such details ensures a usable document but visualizers in TERI Press go beyond mere usability to produce designs that give each document or a series of documents a unique – and appropriate – ‘look and feel’ through the use of photographs, drawings and paintings, and typography.
Practical, ‘hands-on’ training
Training at TERI seeks to empower: we believe that desktop publishing is a powerful communication tool, and that a little training goes a long way in helping users publish more effective documents. Our workshops are oversubscribed, and our staff often invited to share their experience of running an efficient in-house publishing service. We use ‘live’ training material (taken from jobs currently in hand) and schedule one-to-one coaching sessions to supplement lectures and demonstrations. And we always point the participants in our workshops to easily available Internet resources so that they can continue to learn on the job after going back.
Disseminating information is a part of TERI’s charter. Often, the organization’s commitment to building awareness demands that we distribute some of our publications at no charge—which makes us all the more careful about being on target. Need to contact key individuals in the coal sector? Only those in, say, Punjab and Haryana? Do you want to reach all the schools active in environmental issues? Our continually updated database and contact management system ensure that your publications reach the right audience, as did those of the Deutsche Bank Foundation, Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce, and AEA Technology plc (UK), who entrusted that responsibility to TERI.