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The printing and publishing industry in Pakistan is largely based around the cities of Karachi and Lahore, producing books, magazines, newspapers and stationary. There are around 2,000 publishers in the country with companies publishing in English and Urdu, Pakistan’s main languages. Some of the country’s main publishing houses include EJARR Publishing and Sang-e-Meel Publications, who predominately publish Urdu fiction. Paramount Publishing Enterprise is one of Pakistan’s largest booksellers and publishers and also serves as one of the main distributors for international publishers like Ladybird, Cambridge University press and Hodder Education.

Education textbooks form the largest and most lucrative subsector in book publishing. Until the 1990s the National Book Foundation reprinted UK and US published books for the Pakistan market with consent and on the basis of royalties. The practice is now restricted. Piracy is a key problem in the publishing sector and the NBF has been noted as a key player in alleviating the situation. Oxford University Press is the most established multinational publisher in the country.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Competiveness Report 2012–13 places Pakistan at 106 out of 144 countries with a score of 3.0 out of 7.0 for intellectual property protection. In comparison, bordering country India is ranked 63 out of 144 countries with a score of 3.7.

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