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World Book Fair

The New Delhi World Book Fair has been a regular event for the past 45 years. The fair was held at Pragati Maidan from 6-14 January 2018. The organisers of the fair, National Book Trust, India operate under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) is the co-organiser of this fair.

Every year, the fair witnesses participation from a large number of publishers from India and overseas. A number of literary and publishing conferences are held during the course of the fair and are usually open for all to attend. The World Book Fair serves as a promising platform for various publishers, authors and visitors to gather on a common platform, interact and gain knowledge about the book publishing industry.

Authors’ corners were set-up at four different locations in various halls and were named as Lekhak Manch, Sahitya Manch, Conversations and Reflections which are closely associated with literary activities and also serve as meeting places for visitors.

The International Events Corner, a platform for sharing ideas and improving literary understanding was strategically situated. Various book launches, panel discussions, literary programs and workshops for children and adults were being hosted at the events corner.

Parallelly, a CEO-Speak over the Chairman’s breakfast was organized by the National Book Trust, India and FICCI on the sidelines of the fair on 8 January where a number of eminent personalities shared their views and insights on the Indian and International book trade.

The New Delhi Rights table took place on 8-9 January which allowed exhibitors to book their own Rights Table, meet each other, present their products and ideas, and also finalize their interests and agreements for transfer of translation and other rights of books available in English, Hindi and other languages.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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