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There are about 200 book-publishing companies in Bangladesh, publishing both in English and Bengali; the majority of these are national publishers. The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) publish primary-level books for the Ministry of Education. There are piracy issues in the country, with the entry of foreign books into the country being restricted due to high import taxes. The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13 gives Bangladesh a score of 2.4 for its intellectual property protection, thus it is ranked 131 out of 144 countries. This could explain the high piracy issues as copyrights, trademarks and patents are not as protected as countries averaging on a score of 5.0. In comparison to its neighbouring countries, India is ranked 63 in the chart with an intellectual property protection score of 3.7; and Nepal has a score of 2.8 placing it 118 out of 144. The Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers Association is the trade association for the publishing industry.
The most famous national book fair in Bangladesh is the Ekushey Book Fair, or Ekushey Boi Mela, which takes place during February of each year. Bangla Academy organises the event. The fair has evolved over the years into a national cultural festival reflecting the cultural spirit of the modern Bengali nation. The Dhaka International Book Fair is also a national fair which has been running since 1995. The Dhaka Fair takes place annually and sees a mixture of local and foreign publishing houses attend: the National Book Trust (India) and Cultural Centre (Iranian) to name a few.
The main language spoken in Bangladesh is Bengali which is spoken by 98% of the population, therefore establishing a market for native-language texts. Arabic and English text is widely used in educational institutions. There are some separate languages and dialects which derive from the Bengali language which are spoken by millions.
The country has an active printing industry with numerous printers in Dhaka equipped with advanced printing systems. Of the 7,000 printing houses in Bangladesh, 3,000 of them are situated in Dhaka; the advanced printing system consists of Japanese machinery which has revolutionised the country’s printing business.
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