Delhi Book Fair to begin on Friday,500 publishers expected

The 19th Delhi Book Fair will be held in Pragati Maidan from August 23 to 31. The theme of this year’s fair is “Libraries and Readership”.

Written by Jiji Janardhan | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2013 2:20 am

The 19th Delhi Book Fair will be held in Pragati Maidan from August 23 to 31. The theme of this year’s fair is “Libraries and Readership”.

The 19th edition of book fair will highlight the National Mission on Libraries,that specifies the role of libraries in the growth of readership. Discussions on National Knowledge Commission’s recommendation for improving public libraries,and those in schools and colleges will be held in the book fair.

“We are expecting over 500 participants. This year we are focusing more on Indian publishers. There are more than 16,000 publishing houses that circulate books in 24 languages. Delhi Book Fair,since its commencement in 1995 has contributed in every possible way to the booming publishing industry. The last edition of the Delhi Book Fair had attracted over 3 lakh visitors from India and overseas,” Sudhir Malhotra,president of Federation of Indian Publishers said.

“We have sent invitations to foreign publishers including Pakistani publishers,but the chances of them turning up,” he said.

The overseas participants this year are from USA and China. Indian participants include publishers from Agartala, Andhra Pradesh,Jharkhand,Kerala,and Maharashtra. One lakh visitors are expected this year.

The fair,jointly organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation and Federation of Indian Publishers,will be inaugurated by Pradeep Kumar,Central Vigilance Commissioner,at 11 am on August 23 in Pragati Maidan’s Hall no. 8.

“Delhi Book Fair has evolved to an annual cultural event that showcases the progress made by the Indian publishing industry over the years. The total number of visitors shows that book fair is second only to the International Trade Fair — the most popular fair in India. The book fair provides endless opportunity for business transaction,contacts building, publishing arrangements,translation,copyright,etc,” Amar Varma,vice president,Federation of Indian Publishers,said.

The fair will be supplemented by events like book launches by well-known authors,seminars,sessions to meet the authors and a special pavilion dedicated to children and youth. For the convenience of visitors,air-conditioned shuttle bus service will be provided from every gate to the stalls. The visitors will be charged Rs 20 per person. Entry is free for school students.

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