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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.
The Karachi International Book Fair is an annual event organised by The Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association, the sectoral body representing the interests of the publishing and bookselling trade in the country. The book fair has the support of the National Book Foundation and aims to promote literacy in the country. In addition, the National Library of Pakistan has, in the past, hosted book exhibitions to showcase the variety of books, giving booksellers a chance to promote their bestselling titles. The University of the Punjab and Lahore University of Management Sciences are two of the many universities in the country. According to QS World Universities Rankings 2012, six of Pakistan’s educational institutions are in the top 200 Asian Universities of the world.
The printing industry has experienced problems with high tariffs and sales taxes on paper, which has limited the industry’s development. The Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry (PAPGAI) is the trade body that represents the printing industry. One of the main printing companies in the country is Elite Publishers Ltd., which was founded in 1951 and provides printing and packaging solutions in the country.
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