T he Kannada Book Authority has several ongoing projects under its sleeve, covering various sections of the society, embracing more and more people into the world of books.
They have a series titled “Vaidyakiya Vijnana Maaley” which discusses various health issues in Kannada. These books written by highly competent doctors are in great demand. This set of 100 books will also contain monographs of doctors who have done exemplary work.
There is also a 100-book series titled “Kannada Kattidavarumaale” which hopes to preserve for posterity the memories of all those people who worked for Kannada.
Siddalingiah prides their books for the blind in Braille. This set of 15 that has been released has Kannada classics in Braille script. They have freely distributed them in blind schools and also to libraries. This project is the first of its kind in the country.
The Book Authority buys books worth Rs. 1 crore from various publishers and distributes it free of cost in all Kannada medium schools in border areas. About 180 schools in Kasargod, 40 schools in Talavadi, Tamil Nadu, 64 in Sholapur district, 42 schools in Mumbai-Pune, and around 218 schools around Belgaum district have been given books.
The Authority also has an award for foot soldiers of Kannada, “Sahitya Paricharaka”, instituted in the name of poet G.P. Rajarathanam. Each year, thirty young writers get support from the Authority to publish their works.