The 20th Delhi Book fair, which started on Saturday, has gone hi-tech this year with an exclusive mobile application designed to guide visitors through the malls.
Despite that, the nine-day fair, themed ‘Literature in Cinema’, seemed to have begun on a lukeward note as it failed to attract vast crowds as in the preceding years.
“With a view to make the fair more convenient to visitors, ITPO (Indian Trade Promotion Organisation) has introduced a mobile application through which visitors can access details of exhibitors, products on display, location details, washrooms and essential amenities,” Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) President Ashok Gupta said.
The event at Pragati Maidan was inaugurated by ITPO chairman and MD Rita Menon. A total of 169 stalls were up on the first day of the fair, which will end on August 31. More than 225 publishers and distributors are participating.
Air-conditioned buses ferried visitors from the entry gates to the halls. ITPO has also introduced online booking of tickets, and has provided wheelchairs for the physically challenged. While normal visitors are being allowed entry from gates 1, 7 and 10, school buses carrying students are allowed in from gate 1.