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New Delhi World Book Fair, India

New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 (NDWBF)

Category: Education & Job Fairs
Event Date: 04 – 12 January, 2020
Frequency:
Annual
Location: Pragati Maidan – Mathura Road, Railway Colony, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi 110002 India
Organizer: National Book Trust – Nehru Bhawan, 5, Institutional Area, Phase II, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070
Email ID: nbtexhibition@gmail.com
Phone: 91-11-26707780 / 81
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan on the Blue Line
Timings: 11:00 AM to 20:00 PM

World Book Fair 2020: Book lovers and voracious readers can find books of different Indian and foreign languages, along with adaptation and translations at NDWBF.

New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is a 9 day event being held from 04 – 12 January, 2020 at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India. This event is certainly worth considering for the book promotion etc. in the Consumer & Carnivals industry.

New Delhi World Book Fair: Event Profile

New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) held for the past 45 years, is now a major calendar event in the publishing world. NDWBF 2020 will be held from 04 – 12 January, 2020 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The Fair is organized by National Book Trust, India, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, working towards promotion of books and the habit of reading in the country.

India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India is the Co-organizer of the Fair.

Today Indian publishing stands poised at a significant crossroad towards the path of growth. NDWBF offers the participants a unique opportunity of doing 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 programmes to be organized during the Fair, it also opens up a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia. The Fair attracts participation from major publishing houses of the globe.

Theme of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

The theme for NDWBF 2020 is ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’. The theme aims to highlight the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Indian literature and some major authors of India as well as abroad. It will also focus on the aspects of Gandhi as a writer, editor, journalist, publisher, printer and a mass communicator par excellence.

The book fair sees books from Indian authors as well as acclaimed authors from abroad. Book lovers and voracious readers can find books of different Indian and foreign languages, along with adaptation and translations at NDWBF. Apart from literary and publishing conferences and programmes, the fair also opens up a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia.

History:

New Delhi World Book Fair was first held in 1972 and saw 200 participants. The fair, which is India’s oldest after Kolkata, was inaugurated by former President of India V V Giri.

Themes in the past few years:

  • 2019: The theme of 27th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair, last year was ‘Books for Readers with Special Needs’. The book fair was organised from January 5 to 13 at Pragati Maidan and Sharjah was the ‘guest of honour’.
  • 2018: The 26th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair was organised from January 6 to January 14 and the theme was environmental issues such as climate change, global warming, and water pollution. European Union was the ‘guest of honour’.
  • 2017: The theme for the 25th New Delhi World Book Fair was ‘Manushi – Books Written on and by Women’. The fair that was organised from January 7 to 15 focused on the ‘Culture of Reading’.
  • 2016: The 24th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair was organised from January 9 to 17. The theme of the fair was cultural diversity ‘Vivid Bharat -Diverse India’. The ‘guest of honour country’ was China.
  • 2015: Held at Pragati Maidan from February 14 to 22, the 23rd edition of New Delhi World Book Fair theme was ‘Suryodaya: Emerging voices from North East India’. The ‘guest of honours’ country was Singapore with Korea as the focus country.
  • 2014: The theme for the 22nd edition of NDWBF was ‘Kathasagara: Celebrating Children’s Literature’.
  • 2013: The theme of the 21st edition of NDWBF was ‘Indigenous Voices: Mapping India’s Folk & Tribal Literature’. The ‘guest of honour’ country was France.
  • 2012: The theme for the 20th NDWBF was ‘Towards 100 years of Indian Cinema’.

Before 2013, New Delhi World Book Fair used to be held biennially or once in two years.

New Delhi World Book Fair: Organizer Profile

National Book Trust

The National Book Trust (NBT), India, is an apex body established by the Government of India (Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development) in the year 1957 to develop reading habits and creation of book culture in the country. To achieve its objectives, Trust is publishing good quality books at reasonable price, organizing Book Fairs and Exhibitions in all parts of the country to provide an opportunity for interaction among authors, publishers, librarians and book lovers.

Publishing forms a major activity of the Trust. It publishes a wide variety of reasonably priced quality books ranging from works of fiction to books on Medical Sciences and cutting edge technology for all segments of the society and for all age groups, including a wide variety of illustrated books for children. Over the years, the Trust’s determined efforts in developing a strong and inclusive policy towards publishing is also apparent in the variety of books published for visually handicapped and the neo-literates.

The Trust publishes books in 18 major Indian languages, which includes Asamiya, Bangla, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Manipuri, Maithili, Marathi, Nepali, Odiya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. In addition to this, the Trust has also published books in Bhojpuri, Himachali, Kokborok, Khasi, Garo, Lepcha, Bhutia, Mising Limboo, Mizo, Newari, Bodo, among others.

The Trust organises book fairs / exhibitions throughout the country at regional, national and international levels. NBT has so far organised 21 World Book Fairs, 38 National Book Fairs and around 220 Regional Books Fairs. The Trust has been trying to make the books available to the people at their doorsteps through mobile exhibitions. So far it has organised more than 11,000 mobile exhibitions throughout the country including the North-eastern states. During the period under report, the Trust organised mobile book exhibitions at about 1662 places in and around Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Assam, Rajasthan, Goa, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Tripura.

In order to promote Indian publishing abroad, the Trust participates in various International books fairs by displaying a cross section of representative Indian publications brought out by various Indian publishers.

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