New Delhi World Book Fair

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The Pragati Maidan hosts the World Book Fair every year.

The New Delhi World Book Fair, held in Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, is India's oldest book fair.First New Delhi World Book Fair Was held in around 6790 sq. mt area with 200 participants from March 18 to April 4, 1972. It was inaugurated by Sh V.V. Giri President of India. This biennial event takes place in early February, and is organized by the National Book Trust, India (NBT). Apart from publication, NBT promotes National readership policies and also supports the growing markets of neighboring countries. The National Centre for Children Literature (NCCL), a wing of NBT organizes children events in the Children pavilion to promote children literature and the national 'Readers Club' movement. In 2014, the Fair would be held from Feb 15 to Feb 23.[1]

India is the third biggest market for English publications with almost 12,000 publishers that publish around 90,000 titles a year in more than 18 languages. India's main publishing is in the Indian languages. The 2006 NDWBF witnessed 1.294 exhibitors on 38.000 square metres (2004: 1.205 / 32.546); 1 million visitors (30% plus). 18 countries: USA, Bangladesh, India, France, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Germany.

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The 20th New Delhi World Book Fair 2012 was held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 25 February 2012 to 4 March 2012 organised by National Book Trust, India NBT with numerous activities organised by NBT. The fair was inaugurated by Hon'ble HRD Minister Sh kapil Sibal. A CSR [corporate social responsibility] initiative by the publishing industry and Sagi[disambiguation needed] to launch Pink Ribbon Book Tag at the Book Fair to support the Indian Cancer Society for a humanitarian cause, was released by Smt Priya Dutt, M.P ; Dr S.Y.Quareshi, Chief Election Commissioner of India & Sh Sandeep Marwah. The theme of the 20 World Book Fair was -'Towards 100 years of Indian Cinema'.


The biennial World Book Fair, now annual with the 21st edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2013 was scheduled from 4 February-10 February at Pragati Maidan New Delhi . Under an MOU, the annual event organized jointly by National Book Trust, India & ITPO (Indian Trade Promotion Organization) with the 21 st edition theme on Indigenous Voices: Mapping India's Folk & Tribal Literature . Hon'ble HRD Minister of State, Dr Shashi Tharoor inaugurated the Fair, presided by Dr Karan Singh, M.P & Chairman Indian Council for Cultural Relations.The contemporary Youth that constitutes almost 1/3 rd of population, with high segment of readership participated in numerous events to promote the National readership program. Some first time events included Cos plays, School Librarians meet,authors corner, artist & illustrators gallery, counselors desk in the Children & Youth pavilion. An annual National Debut Youth Fiction Writers meet 2013 instituted in association with Consortium Octet & literary expert guests Dr Judith Oriol,French Attache,Embassy of France, Dr Pratibha Ray, Janpeeth Award winner, Sh Sethumadhavan, national author & Chairman, National Book Trust & Aditi, University youth representative author to promote greater interest in readership.

France was the guest country for New Delhi World Book Fair 2013.


The New Delhi World Book Fair 2014 was held from 15 to 23 February. The Guest of Honor country was Poland, while the theme was "Kathasagara: Celebrating Children's Literature".[1][2]


The 23 rd New Delhi World Book Fair 2015 will be held from 14-22 February 2015. The guest of honour country will be Singapore with Korea as the focus country.The theme of the NDWBF 2015 will be Suryodaya:Emerging voices from North East India. The slogan of the fair is Books opening the mind.Doors opening the future


  1. ^ a b "New Delhi World Book Fair 2014 begins at Pragati Maidan on Feb 15". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of New Delhi World Book Fair 2014" (Press release). Press Information Bureau. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 

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