The National Book Trust (NBT), India, is an apex body established by the Government of India (Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development) in the year 1957 to develop reading habits and creation of book culture in the country. To achieve its objectives, Trust is publishing good quality books at reasonable price, organizing Book Fairs and Exhibitions in all parts of the country to provide an opportunity for interaction among authors, publishers, librarians and book lovers.
Publishing forms a major activity of the Trust. It publishes a wide variety of reasonably priced quality books ranging from works of fiction to books on Medical Sciences and cutting edge technology for all segments of the society and for all age groups, including a wide variety of illustrated books for children. Over the years, the Trust’s determined efforts in developing a strong and inclusive policy towards publishing is also apparent in the variety of books published for visually handicapped and the neo-literates.
The Trust publishes books in 18 major Indian languages, which includes Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Manipuri, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali, Odiya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. In addition to this, the Trust has also published books in Bhojpuri, Himachali, Kokborok, Khasi, Garo, Lepcha, Bhutia, Mising Limboo, Mizo, Newari, Bodo, among others
The Trust organises book fairs/exhibitions throughout the country at regional, national and international levels. NBT has so far organised 21 World Book Fairs, 38 National Book Fairs and around 220 Regional Books Fairs. The Trust has been trying to make the books available to the people at their doorsteps through mobile exhibitions. So far it has organised more than 11,000 mobile exhibitions throughout the country including the North-eastern states. During the period under report, the Trust organised mobile book exhibitions at about 1662 places in and around Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Assam, Rajasthan, Goa, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Tripura.
In order to promote Indian publishing abroad, the Trust participates in various International books fairs by displaying a cross section of representative Indian publications brought out by various Indian publishers.