German Book Office (GBO) New Delhi, which began its operations in 2008, is a joint venture between the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
As such it has a dual mandate of promoting the commercial activities of Frankfurt Book Fair in the South Asian region along with the cultural aspect of promoting the exchange of German and Indian (including neighboring countries) literature between the two regions. We work with partner across the board, some of which include publishing firms, publishing serve providers, government agencies, cultural institutions, book fairs, international agencies and educational institutes. We also work with individuals in various capacities such as translators, authors, editors and illustrators.
In balancing both culture and commerce, we have set out clear aims to achieve both.
India ranks second after China among the world's most attractive investment destinations.
India’s potential lies in its highly trained, young professionals, a stable state system and high profit margins for foreign companies. With its approx. 10 million students and a growing middle class, India exhibits great potential for education, tremendous purchasing power and a diverse publishing landscape. Germany has an excellent reputation there in the fields of education, science and technology. Learning German is popular throughout the country. India is a country in which books are published in around 18 languages. English takes up the major share, representing around 40 to 45 per cent of the market. India ranks third behind the USA and England in terms of the number of English-language publications.
Details on the Indian book market
German overall sales for the industry amounted to 9.188 billion euros in 2015, down 1.4 per cent on 2014
The previous year had already seen a decline of 2.2 per cent. As such, the German book market has lost some 400 million euros, or 4.3 per cent of its sales, over the past five years. However, taking a longer-term view back to 2005 shows that the industry’s nominal sales have remained stable over the longer period. In the context of great upheaval and the huge competition from new digital media, this is undoubtedly a positive sign.
Details on the German book market
2 - 3 December 2016
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