THE FEDERATION OF PUBLISHERS'
AND BOOKSELLERS' ASSOCIATIONS IN INDIA

ABOUT THE FPBAI

At the time India attained Independence, publishing and book selling stood confronted with complex problems peculiar to any developing industry. Some far-sighted and public-spirited individuals like late Shri Sital H. Primlani in the book industry felt that despite existence of local associations in several parts of the country, time had come for setting up an all India platform for taking concerted action to cope with the growing needs of this vial industry. This was the genesis of an important publishers and booksellers conference held in Delhi in January 1953, which paved the way for the setting up of Federation of Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Associations in India. The Federation was at first registered under the Companies Act, 1955 and was later registered as a Society under the Societies Act in 1969 – 1970. Right from its inception, the Federation has maintained its federal character with affiliation of Regional Associations from various States in the country. Membership of the Federation is open to publishers, wholesalers, booksellers, distributors, companies and corporations whose business activities are concerned with production and promotion of books. The Federation also readily accepts as associate members persons or firms both national and international, whom the Executive Committee of the Federation finds capable of furthering its aims and objects.

Through the years, the Federation has attained a truly representative character to speak on behalf of the Indian Book Industry. The Federation is the largest representative body of the Indian Book Industry. The activities and areas of operations of the Federation extend all over the country. It has a membership of around 4,000 establishments spread all over the country, and works in close cooperation with 13 State Associations of Publishers and Booksellers affiliated to it, who have been a source of strength and inspiration to it.

OBJECTIVES

The Federation as an apex body recognizes its role in ensuring the development of publishing in English, Hindi and all other Indian languages. It provides forum for various segments of book industry in the country to discuss their problems at national and international levels and looks after the interests of its members by taking active part in all meetings with Government and other professional bodies. With a view to promote and upgrade publishing and book distribution, the Federation organizes training courses, workshops, seminars, etc., from time to time. It also takes up with concerned authorities matters of common interest pertaining to the book trade like paper prices, tax provisions, import and export regulations, copyright laws, nationalization of text books, anti-piracy measures, etc.

The Federation recently brought out an important volume: “The Book Industry in India: Context, Challenge and Strategy” (released at the AGM held in September 2003) which provides a most comprehensive look at the Indian Publishing Industry. The book gives insight into processes as diverse as editorial input and copyediting, book design, production processes, marketing, bookselling and retailing. The publication will be of great interest to students of publishing, young publishing professionals, veteran publishers, as well as lay readers interested in the vast world of Indian publishing. The Federation’s advice, cooperation and assistance in all matters of mutual interest has frequently been sought by the Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, National Book Trust, India, Capexil and other organizations and agencies in India and abroad concerned with the book industry.

ROLE OF FPBAI IN BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

At the time India attained independence, Book Publishing Industry in India stood confronted with complex problems peculiar to any developing industry. With a view to take concerted action to cope with the growing needs of this vital industry, some far-sighted and public-spirited individuals felt that despite existence of local association in several parts of the country, time had come to set up an all India platform. This was the genesis of an important publishers and booksellers conference held in Delhi in January 1953, which paved the way for setting up of Federation of Publishers’ & Booksellers’ Associations in India. The Federation was at first registered under the Companies Act, 1955 and was later registered as a Society under the Societies Act in 1969-1970.

Right from its inception, the Federation has maintained its federal character with affiliation of Regional Associations from various States in the country. Membership of the Federation is open to publishers, wholesalers, booksellers, distributors, companies and corporations whose business activities are concerned with production and promotion of books. The Federation also readily accepts as associate members persons or firms both national and international, whom the Executive Committee of the Federation finds capable of furthering its aims and objects. Through the years, the Federation has attained a truly representative character to speak on behalf of the Indian Book Industry.

The Federation of Publishers’ & Booksellers’ Associations in India is the oldest and the largest representative body of Publishers, Booksellers, Wholesalers Publishers’ Representatives etc. in the country and has been at the forefront of promoting books in India and abroad. At present it has a membership of around 4000 establishments spread all over the country and works in close cooperation with several Associations of publishers & Booksellers located in different States, affiliated to it.

As the apex body of the Book Industry, the Federation recognizes its role in ensuring the development of publishing books in English, Hindi and all other Indian languages. It provides a forum for various segments of the industry in the country to discuss their problems at the national and international levels and looks after the interest of its members by taking an active part in meetings etc. with the government and other professional bodies. With a view to promote and upgrade publishing and book distribution, the Federation organizes training courses, workshops, seminars etc. from time to time. It also takes up with concerned authorities matters of common interest pertaining to the book publishing and trade such as paper prices, tax provisions, import and export regulations, copyright laws, anti-piracy measures, nationalization of text books etc. The Federation looks forward to undertaking suitable programmes etc. to
further promote book publishing, book reading as also education in the country.