Gbo New Delhi Eingang 2013

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.

Our services:

In balancing both culture and commerce, we have set out clear aims to achieve both.

  • Participating in book fairs in the region and promoting German Books
  • Participating in book fairs outside the region and promoting Indian (and regional) books
  • Recommending German Books to publishers and promoting rights & license sales
  • Facilitating contacts
  • Facilitating translations
  • Organizing professional contact trips and exchange programmes
  • Organizing and supporting events on German Literature
  • Facilitate participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Acquire new exhibitors
  • Develop professional publishing programmes, forums and training courses
  • Research, compile and analyse information on the Indian Publishing Industry
  • Create networks between India and the international book markets, via Frankfurt Book Fair.

Information on the book markets of India and Germany

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

Digital Publishing Report 2017 Amidst the ongoing digital revolution the world is grappling with the possibilities and challenges arising from hyper-connectivity and super-fast access to information and commodities. The field of publishing is no exception to this phenomenon; it too has been experiencing a change in demands vis-à-vis form and content. The question is, what change has digitalisation brought about in readers, especially in an emerging economy like India?
Digital Publishing Report

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

Funded by the Federal Foreign Office

For further information or queries, please get in touch with us:

Prashasti Rastogi
German Book Office New Delhi
Prashasti Rastogi
t: +91 (11) 6617 2443
International Trade Tower, 2nd Floor Block “E”
Nehru Place | New Delhi 110019 | INDIA
August 18


18 - 19 August

December 1

Young Professionals Programme

1 - 2 December

Project Manager - Sales & Marketing
Angela Albert
German Book Office New Delhi
Angela Albert
t: +91 11 6617 2441
International Trade Tower, 2nd Floor Block “E”
Nehru Place | New Delhi 110019 | INDIA


If you are interested in joining our team please send us a letter of interest (cover letter) and your resume to
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We are well positioned to offer consultancy services ranging from market research to compiling relevant databases. Since our establishment, we have built up exhaustive databanks, databases and networks; We have been working closely with various agencies, the publishing, print and media industries in the region.

We have successfully conducted targeted research and facilitated new business projects.

Contact us to commission research on specific segments, find business partners or get news and information on the publishing industry in Germany and South Asia.


Translations play a huge role in a multilingual nation like India. Working closely with translators and other relevant people in the field, we promote the world of German Books in a three tiered process:

Translators Database With sample translations and other necessary details, this comprehensive database is made available to publishers and other interested people. The range of translators is not just varied in terms of language but also the experience in the kind of translation, be it literary, technical, academic etc.
GBO New Delhi curates a Rights Catalogue for India with blurbs, sample translations in Indian languages and profiles of translators. Download the edition here.

Translation Funding With close contacts to cultural institutes like Goethe Institut, Pro-Helvetia, Austrian Cultural Forum, Geisteswissenschaften International among others, we raise awareness and facilitate funding to interested parties. Many publishers have made use of this in the past.

Translation Workshop We regularly organise meetings and discussions with our translators, working closely with them in developing quality translation. Skill enhancement workshops are organised regularly, including, seminars, hands-on workshops and discussion forums.
If you are a translator and would like to be a part our database, please send us your resume and sample translations to

Training courses


Publishers Training Programme The Frankfurt Book Fair with its in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) with its reputation for thought leadership and world class management education have come together to address the much needed dearth of high quality management courses for the publishing industry and affiliated industries in the South Asian region

  • Courses taught by some of the most respected faculty members at IIMA
  • Case studies specially prepared on publishing sector to address issues faced by managers/leaders within the publishing industry
  • Domestic and international industry experts as speakers to supplement classroom learning with real life industry experience
  • Opportunity to network with fellow managers and leaders from the publishing industries and affiliate industries

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Publishing courses in INdia