Goa, 1556… a new experiment




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About Goa, 1556

Getting started…Goa 1556


Launched on a rainy day (June 20, 2007), Goa, 1556 is more an idea than anything else.

The concept: Goa Reader is a planned series of texts, that explore diverse aspects of Goa, and the influence of this tiny region in diverse pockets of the globe. The first deals with the media in Goa. This Goa Reader’s diverse views on the media, seek to deepen understanding of one crucial aspect of the complex region that is Goa.

Goa: Roughly just a one-thousandth part of India (in landmass and population), Goa has played a role far bigger than its size. In the history of South Asia, and in trade, emigration, and in the achievements of her people. This meeting-point (or, clashing-point) of cultures and one-time emporium of the East, is much more than just a tourist destination, as the current-day powerful image suggests.

Goa — caught between myth, misunderstanding and stereotype — deserves reinterpretation by more critical voices. 

Goa, 1556 is an alternative publishing venture, named after the accidental arrival of Asia’s first Gutenberg-inspired printing press in Goa. But the early arrival of the press here did not result in possibilities for free-speech, then. Today, more than ever, Goa needs a voice to articulate its own priorities.

Beyond “all rights reserved”: Goa, 1556 believes in the principles of copyleft, sharing information and knowledge, and following alternative modes of publishing. As far as possible, we will not deploy copyright laws as a means of profit maximisation, and will endeavour to offer our readers multiple options to access the books or e-books published by us. In the spirit of sharing, the links to the left also point to other interesting (often Goa-related) ventures of creating e-books or books, some of which also follow alternate models of distribution.

Next page: First book…



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