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.