Hot on the heels of our Christmas break is one of our favourite events of the year – the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) 2019. Taking place between the 5th and 13th January, the Book Fair is the 47th of its kind to take place in New Delhi, and is India’s largest international publisher’s Expo.
The New Delhi World Book Fair is a literary event as much as a trade fair. Hundreds of publishers attend the event to promote their recent titles and sell directly to the tens of thousands of members of the public who visit the book fair every day.
It is also a great networking and knowledge-seeking opportunity. We have never left a book fair yet where we did not learn new things about upcoming authors, publishing businesses and exciting new titles.
As usual, the NDWBF will play host to all the major players in the Indian publishing industry, with support from all of India’s professional publishing associations. There is always a strong international contingent at the Book Fair, so we can expect exhibitors from numerous publishers in South Asia.
The recently refurbished Pragati Maidan conference centre boasts 40,000 m² of exhibition space, allowing booths for 1,000 exhibitors from India and 40 guest exhibitors mostly from around Asia.
Each NDWBF has an overall theme, last year’s being Environment & Climate Change. The 2019 theme is Readers With Special Needs, with a special focus on children’s literature. Exhibitors are encouraged to explore ideas of accessibility, inclusive learning and specific content for adult readers with special needs.
The exhibition halls have been subdivided into four ‘Authors Corners’, each with a separate theme. Each corner hosts content for publishers, writers and individual booklovers – with seminars, book launches and discussion groups.
The NDWBF is a large event within easy reach of New Delhi city centre. Accommodation close to the venue is likely to be busy and expensive, but there are plenty of affordable hotels to choose from in the city itself.
If you happen to be in India in early January, then New Delhi is the place to be, but if you are coming from the UK you should still be able to get a reasonably-priced flight from any of the UK’s major airports. You can register as a delegate online by clicking here.
We have a permanent office in New Delhi, so will be attending on the 7th and 8th of January.
It is great to meet up with publishers and other suppliers from India and around the world, so if you are attending the NDWBF next month please let us know. We’re especially keen to meet up with new publishers and find interesting new titles – so if you’re currently looking to expand your international market with the major distribution partner for India and South Asia, we’re the people to talk to.