The 19th edition of the biennial New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) got underway after it was inaugurated by Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday. The fair has been organized by the National Book Trust (NBT).
The book fair, spread over an area of 42,000 square meters, hosts more than 2,400 book stalls and stands by about 1,200 Indian and foreign publishers and exhibitors. The World Book fair in the Capital is the second largest such event after the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The highlight of the World Book Fair this year is the theme pavilion titled ‘Reading Our Common Wealth: An International Rights Exhibition of Books on Sports in celebration of the Commonwealth Games 2010.
“We have tried to find a connection between the world of books and sports through this pavilion, where nearly 700 titles from 75 publishers on various sports have been displayed,” said Nuzhat Hassan, director, NBT. “This theme exhibition is also part of our National Action Plan for the Readership Development Among the Youth (NAPRDY), whose motto of is ‘Bringing Youth and Books Closer’.”
The Theme Pavilion will also hold interactive sessions with eminent sports personalities; besides screening of documentaries on sports events.
Speaking at the inauguration, Sibal said, “I am not comfortable with the fact that technology is taking over our children’s reading habits. But I firmly believe that the future of book publishing is in India.”
The book fair, being held between January 30 and February 7, will be open to public from 11 am to 8 pm. The entry is free for school children in uniform.