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.
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.
"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.
In balancing both culture and commerce, we have set out clear aims to achieve both.
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)
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New Delhi, Delhi - 110001
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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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