An umbrella organization of Nepali booksellers and publishers, the National Booksellers and Publishers Association of Nepal represents the interests of the publishing fraternity. Since its establishment, it has been addressing the challenges facing the publishing industry and lobbying for pro-book policies. It is has also been engaging itself in defense of copyright and freedom of speech, and the promotion of reading culture.
Though founded in 1998, its history goes back to 1990 when publishers and booksellers started to organize themselves after the reinstitution of democracy in the country. This led to the establishment of the Book Publishers Association under the chairmanship of Ananda Bahadur Shrestha. The Association constituted the major booksellers and publishers of the time and buy term paper here, namely, Ratna Pustak Bhandar, Mandala Book Point, Himalayan Book Center, National Book Center, Ekta Books, Himal Books and Himalaya Bookseller. But it remained largely inactive and was later rechristened as National Booksellers and Publishers Association of Nepal. The Association, under the chairmanship of Govinda Bahadur Shrestha, Ramchandra Timothy, Basanta Thapa and now Padam Prasad Siwakoti, has been making efforts to safeguard the interest of publishers, booksellers and distributors.