1.33 billion (2017)

Official language

Hindi. Each state and territory have their own official language, with the constitution recognising 22 in total. English is a subsidiary official language, but it is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication.


Indian rupee ()

Important Ministries

Ministry of Culture is the Indian government ministry charged with preservation and promotion of art and culture.

Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters) is a government organisation established to preserve and promote literature in 24 Indian languages.

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) provides a platform for networking and consensus building within and across sectors and is the first port of call for Indian industry, policy makers and the international business community.

Official Statistics Office

Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation is concerned with coverage and quality aspects of statistics released. The surveys conducted by the ministry are based on scientific sampling methods.

Trade Associations

The Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) is the representative body of publishers in English, Hindi, and other regional languages with its membership from all over India, representing more than 80 percent of the publishing industry.

Federation of Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Associations in India (FPBA) and their Directory of Regional Associations

National Book Trust India

Translation Programmes

Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation is given to outstanding translations in the 24 languages recognised by it.

Indian Novels Collective is a not-for-profit network of individuals set up with the objective to bring classics of non-English Indian literature to English readers.

VAT on Books

Fixed Book Price System



Most recent market report from Trade Association

Annual Book Fairs

New Delhi World Book Fair is held over 9 days in January.

International Kolkata Book Fair is held over 12 days in January/February.

Jaipur BookMark (JBM) at the Jaipur Literature Festival is held over 5 days in January, and is a hub for industry stakeholders – publishers, translators, literary agents, booksellers, and writers to meet and talk business.

PubliCon is organised by FICCI and held on 1 day in December.

Kerala Literature Festival is held over 4 days in January.

Useful Contacts

British Council
Email: IndiaCustomerCare@britishcouncil.org
Tel: 0120-4569000

Department for International Trade
Email: ditindia@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +91 (11) 2419 2100

Aminah Khan, Creative Industries Investment
Email: Khan@mobile.trade.gov.uk

Ben Green, Creative & Consumer
Email: Green@fco.gov.uk

Shivangi Ambani, Creative, Sports Economy, Retail and Food and Drink (Trade)
Email: Ambani@fco.gov.uk

Leena Paul, Creative Industries Lead Inward Investment (Lead for Life Sciences)
Email: paul@mobile.ukti.gov.uk

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