The Indian publishing industry has grown rapidly with the world’s attention converging on it: creating a meaningful B2B platform for publishers was thus essential and the Jaipur BookMark was conceived to run parallel to the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival. In the 4 years since its inception, JBM is fast emerging as a nerve centre for the South Asian publishing industry and is indeed a focal point where books mean business.
Jaipur BookMark (JBM) brings together stakeholders of the book trade from across the world – publishers, literary agents, writers, translators, translation agencies and book sellers. It gives them an opportunity not just to ‘’talk business” through relevant sessions and focused roundtables; but also provides the right and fruitful atmosphere to inspire conversations and a space for one-on-one meetings and networking. This intimacy forges relationships and allows the occasional contract to be signed too.Read more
With an estimated population of around 1.8 billion, South Asia ranks a close second, only after the United States, in English and regional language publishing. It is home to about 30 languages, 23 of which are Indian, each with an independent print and publishing culture of its own.
The region has major potential to serve as an outsourcing hub for pre- and post-publishing services, be it print, design, editorial or marketing. It is also one of the few markets still witnessing major growth in both print and digital publishing. Within South Asia, India enjoys a reputation for being among the top publishing nations in the world.
One of the ways in which we are trying to bring Indian writing to the rest of the world is by launching Jaipur BookMark. It is well placed to showcase the best of such writing and to help facilitate the sale and exchange of rights both between Indian languages and internationally
With this initiative, we hope to begin answering the question that publishers and agents from across the world often ask: How do we get to know Indian literatures and we translate from, into and between Indian languages?