Delhi Book Fair – Pragati Maidan, 11-15 September 2019

Books and networking opportunities


The 25th edition of Delhi Book Fair, organized by India Trade Promotion Organization, will take place from 11-15 September 2019 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Organized in association with the Federation of Indian Publishers, Delhi Book Fair plays a pivotal role in reiterating the might of the pen and the printed world and is awaited by students, teachers, scholars, authors, intellectuals, librarians and book lovers.

Apart from promoting literacy and reading habits, especially among children and the youth, the fair presents a vast panorama of Indian books on a wide range of subjects. The fair provides a unique platform for business to business transactions, establishing new contacts, entering into co-publishing arrangements, translation and copyright arrangements, reprinting of old and rare books, apart from providing retailing opportunities to a multitude of visitors to the fair. A number of conferences and seminars, buyer-seller meets, book releases, book discussions, literary activities for children and author meet-ups will be organized during the fair.

The fair will run concurrently with the 21st Stationery Fair and 5th Office Automation and Corporate Gift Fair, a B2B affair. The timings of the fair are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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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    • Do visit the Delhi Book Fair and meet publishers and distributors. There are also web platforms that could help you. Ask Leonard Fernandes to help you at Cinnamon Teal in Goa, he may be able to help. – Editor

  1. Distributors are not willing to take books from self-published authors. This is a big hurdle for self-published authors like me. Publishers are fleecing authors by charging a lot of money to put out their books in bookstores. Whenever you ask for promotion work, the first question is ‘What is your budget?’


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