New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan from 5 – 13 January 2019

Special focus on reading requirements of children with special needs

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New Delhi World Book Fair
New Delhi World Book Fair 2019

The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), held for the past 47 years, is a major calendar event in the publishing world. NDWBF 2019 is being held from 5 to 13 January 2019, at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The fair is organized by National Book Trust of India, an autonomous organization of the Government of India under the ministry of human resource development. India trade promotion organization, the nodal agency of the Government of India under the ministry of commerce, is the co-organizer of the fair.

Indian publishing stands poised at significant crossroads towards the path of growth. NDWBF offers the exhibitors a unique opportunity for business with this growing book industry. It is also an ideal venue for promoting titles, co-publication arrangements and trade. Besides the many literary and publishing conferences and programs that are organized during the fair, it also opens up a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia. It also attracts participation from major publishing houses across the globe.

Theme – 2019

Every New Delhi World Book Fair takes up a theme to focus and explore various aspects of an area of intellectual activity having some pronounced social relevance. In 2018, environment and climate change was the theme. This year, the theme is focused on ‘readers with special needs’, with emphasis on the reading requirements of children with special needs. The theme would be projected to carry forward the idea of inclusive learning and explore various issues and dimensions of creating, producing and disseminating content for the readers. An exclusive exhibition of Braille books, audio books, integrated print-braille books, books for differently-abled, children with sight or ear impairment, autistic kids, children/readers with ADHD, behavioral/psychological problems/anxieties will be a major highlight of the theme pavilion.

Authors Corners – 2019

Two aesthetically designed authors’ corners created in Hall No 8, 12 and 12A of the fair provide the right platform for dialogues, panel discussions, book launches for the domestic publishers, authors and book lovers. Aptly named lekhak manch and sahitya manch, conversations and reflections, these corners are synonymous with lively literary activities and also serve as meeting place for the visitors.

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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