Silk Road Media
Central Asia is one of the last remaining unexplored parts of the world. Interest in the region grows daily. However, most media have almost entirely represented the region in political and economic terms with little focus on the historical, artistic and cultural resources that the region has to offer. Interest in Central Asia’s arts and culture is frustrated by the limited amount of resources available for an educated person to learn about the area.
Our aim at Silk Road Media (SRM) is to produce publications that give readers worldwide a new perspective on these intertwined cultures, highlighting their influence on the arts, history, landscape and peoples of Central Asia. The quality of SRM publications ensures their high profile and attractiveness to anyone interested in Central Asia. This makes SRM an ideal partner for businesses promoting their operations and products in and around the region.
SRM transforms Central Asia’s cultural image by portraying the region in print and online. These editions not only help those interested in getting to know an unfamiliar region, they also aid the development of much needed cultural exchange. We reach out to those parts of Central Asia that rarely get covered by other media in order to bring you the best possible materials.
SRM was started by Marat Akhmedjanov in 1998 as “Silk Press” in Jizzak, Uzbekistan and developed into an international publishing business in 2002 with headquarters in London, UK. In 10 years of activity SRM has gained huge experience and professionalism. Our publications are known worldwide among Central Asia experts. Over the years we have published more than 120 projects with a 500,000 total print run. SRM has more than 500 customers from 18 countries.
Our major publications are the Discovery Central Asia Magazine, a quarterly published in English since 2002, and Discovery Horizons in
Russian from 2011, and Open Central Asia, a quarterly magazine published in English, which connects and highlight the links between Europe and Central Asia They are supplemented by country travel guides for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, published in English, French, German, Japanese and Russian.
Since 2004 we have been actively involved in book printing, starting with Pool of Stars, a children’s book by an Uzbek author. We have printed publications for Central Asia such as Tamburlaine the Great by Christopher Marlowe for BBC Central Asia, What’s Up with Wendy? Epilepsy Explained by Medikidz for Kazakhstan, Emerging Markets for EBRD Uzbekistan, and for USAID/ABT Uzbekistan, UNFPA, UNDP, TIS, Master Press, United Friends, Embassy of Kazakhstan in UK, Savitsky Museum in partnership with Friends of Savitsky Museum, British Council and French Embassy in Uzbekistan, as well as B2B magazines for Intercontinental Tashkent and Dedeman hotels, and AmCham in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
Our publications are distributed through direct subscription and by Discovery Bookshop, a subsidiary established by SRM in 2006. The aim of Discovery Bookshop is to provide international and local communities in Central Asia with access to books published worldwide and locally, and to help local students studying English and other languages by offering a wide range of dictionaries and study books. We have new, used and vintage books, along with maps, postcards and souvenirs for sale. We have stocks in Almaty, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Tashkent and London with full time representatives in each country from where we supply over 80 sales points. We also represented online via Discovery-bookshop.com, eBay and Amazon.
More information about SRM projects is available at http://www.silkpress.com/