The Commonwealth Games seem to have affected the participation in the 16th Delhi Book Fair that starts on December 25. The overseas presence at the fair is limited to only China and Pakistan. Even among these countries, only one participant from Pakistan has registered so far.
"We had to hold the fair in December because of the Commonwealth Games.
The participation is low from overseas countries maybe because it is the holiday season," said Subas Pani, chairman, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).
The Delhi Book Fair is usually held in September. The stationary fair will also be held alongside the book fair.
The theme of this year's fair is Books for Rural India.
The organisers have announced a discount of 50% on setting up the stall for regional publishers.
According to ITPO officials, despite the drop in overseas participation, the overall size of the fair has increased.
"There are 260 participating publishers this year. They will display over 90,000 titles of which 50,000 titles will be in regional languages such as Bengali, Marathi, Oriya and Tamil.
The publishers are mandated to give a 10% discount on books at the fair.
"We are hoping that the holiday season will give a chance for more people, especially children, to visit the fair," Said Pani.
The fair will go on till January 2 and the entry ticket for adults will be Rs 20 while for children it will be Rs 10.