German Book Office (GBO) New Delhi

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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.

Long Night of LiteratueS - Do you fancy the idea of speed dating in literature?

Coming up: 25th September 2015, Instituto Cervantes, Delhi

Then come and participate in an evening of readings by writers from Europe and India.
Among the authors there will be: Aisling Fahey (UK-based performance poet); Danko Rabrenovic (Germany); Andrea Bianchetti (Swiss-Italian poet); Constantin Simon (France); Asha Miró (Spain); Gábor Lanczkor (Hungary); Josef Haslinger (Austrian); Agnieszka Graf (Poland) and Raj Kamal Jha (India).
The format encourages audiences to listen to several authors through the course of the evening. Each author reads to an audience of about 12-15 people for 20 minutes. The audience moves on to the next room to listen to another author reading from their chosen work of literature. This concept allows the audience a very intimate space and personal interaction with their favourite authors.

Raj Kamal Jha is Chief Editor of The Indian Express which has won the International Press Institute's India Award for Excellence in Journalism three times. His novels include The Blue Bedspread, winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia); If You Are Afraid of Heights, a finalist for the Hutch–Crossword Book Award in 2003; and Fireproof, rated first in CNN–IBN's list of best books published in India in 2006. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Activities at New Delhi World Book Fair 2015

"In Between Languages: Making Translations Work" was the slogan for the Translators’ Workshop at New Delhi World Book Fair. Jointly organized by the German Book Office New Delhi, Max Mueller Bhavan and Pro Helvetia, this workshop set out to train 26 young and confirmed translators translating from German into English and Indian languages.
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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.

Market information on the German Book Market

The sales volume for the industry as a whole declined by 0.8 per cent in 2012, to 9.52 billion euros
Thus, after seven years of growth the total sales volume has now fallen slightly for the second year in a row – although the decline in 2012 is less significant than the 1.4 per cent fall in 2011. As in recent years, the biggest gains in sales in 2012 were achieved by the mail order book trade (+6.3 per cent), and once again this growth was down the online trade (+10.4 per cent; pure mail order trade: -13.9 per cent).
Book Market Germany (as of 2013)

Funded by the Federal Foreign Office

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Jumpstart 2016

2nd + 3rd August 2016

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September 25

Night of LiteratureS

Instituto Cervantes

48 Hanuman Road
New Delhi, Delhi - 110001

Prior registrations are compulsory. Watch this space for details.

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

Prashasti Rastogi
German Book Office New Delhi
Prashasti Rastogi
t: +91 (11) 40201100
f: +91 (11) 40201107
A-259 2nd Floor, Defence Colony
New Delhi 110024
Project Coordinator
Saloni Grover
Saloni Grover
t: +91 (11) 40201100
f: +91 (11) 40201107
A-259 2nd Floor, Defence Colony
New Delhi 110024
Manager Sales & Marketing
Shabnam Sudha Srivastava
German Book Office New Delhi
Shabnam Sudha Srivastava
t: +91 (11) 40201100
f: +91 (11) 40201107
A-259, 2nd floor, Defence Colony
New Delhi 110024


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

Conference: GLOBAL LOCAL 2015



GLOBALOCAL is an exclusive annual forum designed for the publishing and allied industry. The German Book Office New Delhi, is back with the sixth edition of GLOBALOCAL: The Forum for Content slated to be held on 12-13 February 2015 at The Eros Hotel, Nehru Place, New Delhi. GLOBALOCAL is the exclusive annual B2B conclave integrating networking opportunities, training modules among other avenues of business outreach. Targeted at bringing together national and international players from the publishing & allied industry, it is a concentrated mix of power panel discussions, rights & licenses training, topical workshops, experts’ table, business matchmakings, keynote presentations and experience zones. To find out more:

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

Editor's Trip 2015

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As a cultural intermediary between Germany and India, one of the key aims of the German Book Office in New Delhi is to facilitate links and exchange between the Indian and the German Publishing Industries. Organised by the German Book Office New Delhi EXCLUSIVE INDIA TRIP is a unique B2B Trip for international publishing professionals looking to connect with the publishing industry in India. It is a curated two-city Trip with meetings, company visits for the internationals to meet and interact with key players from various domains of the Indian publishing industry, while adding to their knowledge of the local book trade and market.
EXCLUSIVE INDIA from 8 February – 13 February 2015

Former Editor's Trips

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2013 Theme - Education

Editors Trip Gbo New Delhi 2012

2012 Theme - Crime Fiction

Gbo New Delhi Editors Trip 2011

2011 Theme - Mind, Body, Spirit and Self Help Books

The GBO welcomed 10 publishing nations for the 6th edition of GLOBALOCAL

This February, Delhi was a buzz for publishing professionals as GLOBALOCAL took place on 12 & 13 February 2015. This annual event was again successful in providing plenty of opportunities to engage in focused interactions, targeted conversations, topical workshops, experts’ discussions and more.
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