Find Printing and Publishing expertise in Jamaica
There are a number of publishers that produce newspapers, magazines and books, many of which are based in the capital city, Kingston. The local book publishing sector is predominantly dominated by international book publishers that, while having a wider regional focus in marketing efforts to the whole of the Caribbean, also focus exclusively on Jamaica for country-specific publications. The Caribbean News Agency (CANA) conducts operations in Jamaica, and has both local and international circulation. There is a high level of market penetration by UK-based media and publishing giants, but smaller publishers like Randle Publishers Ltd, which publishes books on Caribbean history and culture; Shawn Johnson & Associates, which publishes exemplary textbooks and related instructional materials for schools; and Arawak Publications, which publishes journals and professional and children’s books, are also operational. The University of the West Indies Press, affiliated with Jamaica, tends to publish books of an academic and research nature.
Jamaica is placed 79out of 144 on the Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13 with a score of 3.4 for its intellectual property protection. Adjacent island Haiti is ranked 144out of 144 countries with a score of 1.6 out of 7.0, and Dominican Republic is placed 119 with a score of 2.7.
English is the official language of Jamaica, yet Patois (Creole), a mix of African and English, is spoken across the country. Patois is popular due to its use in the lyrics of Reggae, Jamaica’s music. According to UNICEF, the total adult literacy rate is 86% (2005-2010). The University of West Indies has a campus in Mona, Jamaica and has an enrolment of 11,000 students, 68% being postgraduate students. The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) was founded in 1989 and was established to promote the local book trade to ensure its balanced and integrated development. The association has four key sectors: publishing, promotion, distribution and production. BIAJ hosted the 50th annual Kingston Book Fair in 2012 which aimed to bringing to attention the breadth and diversity of Jamaican publishing. The Fair was staged over seven days and promoted an ‘industry workshop’ which advised people on ‘tips for publishing success’. The BIAJ also hosts an Annual Booksellers Trade Show enabling various companies involved in publishing to showcase their work to other companies.
Printing began in the 1700s in Jamaica and today the country has more than 85 printers which supply a range of smaller printing services for businesses, including calendars, diaries, brochures, labels and business cards, and bulk documents (2009).