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World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan

Bringing the readers, authors and publishers on a common platform

Posted on Friday, 12 January 2018. Posted in Publishing, Events . Written by Harish Penumarthi

Bringing the readers, authors and publishers on a common platform

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.

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