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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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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