The Federation of Publishers’ & Booksellers’ Associations in India
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New Delhi – 110002
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Appeal before Vice- Chancellors: Heads of Institutes, Librarians



Books have always been regarded as an important source for the development and promotion of human dignity and values. The books not only record new ideas but also input value and excellence in the lives of people.

However, earlier books were prescribed in educational institutions on the basis on merit and knowledge, but today a disturbing trend is emerging, where the books are being prescribed on the basis of discounts offered by publishers. Such a trend has to be reversed in the larger interest of the readers, as good books are not available on hefty discounts.


Similarly, the practice of inviting tenders for books is contrary to Government of India’s notification, Memo No. F23 (7) D11 (A) 183, dated 7.2. 1984, issued by Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.


 In view of the above, you are requested to kindly issue directions to the libraries under your kind control to buy good books only, from the certified members of The Federation of Publishers’ & Booksellers’ Associations in India and its affiliated Associations only.


We are thankful to Hon’ble vice chancellors, who responded to our appeal positively. We would like to add that we, at Federation have devised terms of supply of books, print journals and e-resources by approved Indian vendors of GOC. Every month, we also circulate the conversion rates for foreign books and journals. It is periodically updated on our website Any clarification in this regard is welcome. Institutes may also be pleased to bring to our notice any default on part of the vendor for necessary action.


S.C. Sethi