As a part of the New Delhi World Book Fair, the National Book Trust, India had organized the New Delhi Rights Table on 07-08 January. This two-day event was organized to promote Indian books abroad and to facilitate business interactions to buy and sell translation rights between Indian and foreign publishers. During the event, publishers from India, the US, UAE, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, France and many other countries participated for B2B meeting. The well-organized event was open for the registered participants. The entry was absolutely free for foreign publishers.
The New Delhi Rights Table provided an unique opportunity for publishers from across the world to meet each other on a one-to-one basis to tentatively finalize their interest and agreements for transfer of translation rights available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages. Around 62 people from various publication houses participated in the event. With the ongoing construction work at the Pragati Maidan, organizers were expecting less participants but the numbers exceeded their expectation.
All the participants had to bring a copy of the book available for translation rights sale along with a brief write-up on the book and author in English. All the agreements signed during the New Delhi Rights Table for translation of Indian books into foreign languages were considered for NBT’s financial assistance program subject to meeting.
Binny Kurian, rights translation and acquisition officer, National Book Trust, India said, “It is the opportunity for publishers to meet and discuss rights between the countries and to broaden their business opportunities abroad. The event went well. There are many publishers who do not have their stands at the fair, and only come to participate in the New Delhi Rights Table.”