The BIAJ was established in June 1989 as an umbrella
organization to promote the interests of the local
book trade and ensure its balanced and integrated
To provide a forum for communication and cooperation
within the industry in order to promote its development,
with a high standard of ethics and service to the community,
and to provide an industry view on relevant national issues.
Membership is open to individuals and organisations
working in any of the three sectors of the industry: publishing
and production, promotion, and distribution. Associate
membership is available to persons and organisations working
in areas related to the book trade like libraries, cultural
agencies and educational institutions.
The general membership meets four times per year in
quarterly general meetings and an annual general meeting
where its Executive Committee is elected, comprising
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant
Secretary/Treasurer and three sectoral representatives.
The BIAJ intends to continue on its present path
of building membership, extending its range of activities
and working with government and other organisations to
build the Jamaican book publishing industry and enrich
the cultural life of our country.
The BIAJ has enabled the various sectors of the
industry to discuss common problems and conflicts within
the industry and work out strategies to overcome them.
The BIAJ has collaborated in improving the quality of
service to the public through joint exhibitions, seminars,
lower book prices and improved delivery.
The BIAJ cooperates with all public and private agencies
interested in promoting the reading habit, as well as
the local and export market for books, the development
of libraries and of an indigenous publishing industry.
Every two years the BIAJ collaborates with the
National Book Development Council and the Jamaica Library
Service in the organisation of National Book Week, a week-long
programme of activities aimed at highlighting the importance
of books and reading.
Activities include a National Book Fair with a variety
of awards to promote and reward excellence in book publishing,
promotion and distribution, as well as overall service
to the industry.
The BIAJ promotes the development of an indigenous Jamaican
publishing industry, with an important role to play in
national development. The BIAJ encourages the publication
of local textbooks written to the specific requirements
of local curricula, reflecting our own culture and making
education of our young people more relevant and meaningful.
The BIAJ is represented on all Government advisory bodies
relating to books, including the National Council on
Libraries, Archives and Documentation Systems (NACOLAIS),
the National Copyright Implementation Task Force, the
National Book Development Council (NBDC) and the Textbook
Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education & Culture