M.A. Sikandar
Director, National Book Trust India

Message From The Fair Director

Welcome to the second annual edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair! The New Delhi World Book Fair 2014 is being organised by National Book Trust, India along with Indian Trade Promotion Organsation (ITPO) as the co-organiser. Spread over an area of 45000 sq. metres, the Fair has nearly 1700 stalls in various halls with 1070 exhibitors including 28 foreign exhibitors and international bodies like WHO, UNESCO, ILO and World Bank.

Continuing with the rich tradition of the Fair, which has played a pioneering role in providing platform to the diverse and multilingual publishing profile of the country and its projection to the international book market, the 2014 edition of the Fair has a lot more new things to offer to the visitors, both trade and general.

This year, Poland is the Guest of Honour Country at the Fair and we are going to witness a range of activities pertaining to literary discussions and a showcase of the best of Polish  publications  to  further literary  and publishing exchange between the
two countries.

The Children and Youth Pavilion, which has always appealed the children and the youngsters is here again with some fascinating activities for children and programmes for the youth readers. Illustrators’ Corner at this Pavilion showcases the original art work of some of the eminent artists and illustrators of the country. Further, a special Pavilion showcasing the products of e-publishers and publications of the government sector publishing houses brings in a new dimension to the Fair.

On the sidelines of the Fair, two business-to-business events are being organised for the specific needs of the publishing trade. The two day The New Delhi Rights Table taking place from 17-18 February 2014 at Pragati Maidan introduces the concept of Rights exchange across the pre-fixed matchmaking tables attracting a number of foreign rights managers and their Indian counterparts. NBT will also organize a Forum of the publishing CEOs and Senior Executives of the Indian publishing industry with the aim to discuss and share common issues and concerns to evolve a composite agenda of Indian publishing. Titled CEO Speak over Chairman’s Breakfast, the Forum will be organised in partnership with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

For the book lovers, the Fair is also hosting a literary and cultural festival which will see eminent literary personalities and cultural icons visiting the Fair for interactions, panel discussions, book launches, performances, seminars, conversations, talks etc at the specially created Authors Corners, Seminar Halls and Children Activity Corner and other venues of Pragati Maidan.

For the benefit of the participants and visitors, a Fair News in English (in association with All About Book Publishing) and Hindi will be brought out in new attractive formats. These bulletins will be published daily to keep the visitors updated with various programmes and activities and they will also be supplemented with feeds on our social network sites.

The National Book Trust, India expresses its gratitude to ITPO, all the Indian and foreign participants, Ministry of HRD, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Akademi, the Federation of Indian Publishers, Federation of Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Associations in India, Delhi State Booksellers’ and Publishers’ Association, Federation of Educational Publishers in India, Akhil Bharatiya Hindi Prakashak Sangh, Association of India Publishers and Booksellers, CAPEXIL for their support.                   

This year again, the longstanding demand of the industry to have dedicated business hours during the Fair has also been taken care of. The first two days will have first half open only for trade visitors to enable business discussions in a peaceful atmosphere.

We hope the visitors will enjoy being part of the Fair!