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.

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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    • 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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