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Publishers say 2017 World Book Fair a profitable affair

As the New Delhi World Book Fair comes to a close today, the nine-day long event was an “excellent” experience with leading publishing houses making significant profit on sales compared to previous years. Vimal Kumar, General Manager at Speaking Tiger said they had “unexpected sales”, despite facing several technical glitches in the aftermath of demonetisation.

“Due to demonetisation we faced several problems since many a times card machines didn’t work due to lack of signals. But, it has been an excellent experience, rather unexpected sales for Speaking Tiger. Our sales have almost doubled this year,” he said.

Some of the top sellers at the stall included ‘Himalaya: Adventures, Meditations, Life’ edited by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale, and ‘Murderer in Mahim’ by Jerry Pinto among others.

For Penguin India, which saw a hike of nearly 20 per cent in business from last year’s fair, the event being moved ahead by a month from the usual February, has worked favourably. Read more

Source: The Financial Express

Foreign language books big crowd-pullers at book fair in Delhi

With over 20 countries participating in the ongoing New Delhi World Book Fair, foreign publishers are offering a diverse collection of books, but it is the language learning guides that are attracting heavy footfall.

Available for several foreign languages like French, German, and Persian among others, the books cater to all levels of learning – from picture books for beginners to novels for veterans.

According to Ishjot, who is managing the stall for German Book Office, majority of their customers comprise of parents who want their children to start learning German from an early age.

Books on illustrations and short stories for beginners, priced at nominal prices, are selling like hot cakes, she said.

“People are buying picture books and story books in large numbers, since they cost hardly Rs 150 each. So, parents who want their children to learn the language are readily buying the books. Those who are already learning German, are asking for more detailed books on the language’s grammar,” she says.

Books at the stall also include a collection of classics by famous German author Daniel Kehlmann, along with English translations of popular German literature. Read more

Source: Business Standard 

India: Book set in JNU denied reading at World Book Fair

By Pallavi Pundir

Delhi-based journalist-writer Avijit Ghosh’s book, Up Campus Down Campus, published by Speaking Tiger, was refused permission to be read at the New Delhi World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan Monday. The book is a fictional narrative set in the 1980s in Jawaharlal Nehru University. The reading session was supposed to be helmed by Ghosh and senior AAP leader Ashutosh.

“National Book Trust (NBT), which organised the fair, offers these book discussion segments and we had submitted three names — Mridula Koshy, Swapna Liddle and Avijit Ghosh. They told us the director of NBT wants to read Ghosh’s book. At the last minute, they told us that Ghosh wouldn’t be allowed to read. We weren’t given any reasons,” said Ravi Singh, publisher and co-founder of Speaking Tiger. Read more

Source: The Indian Express

Rekindle Your Love For Books

If the idea of surrounding yourself with books gives you a throwback feel and comfort, then the ongoing New Delhi World Book Fair is where you should be. People trotted around with a baggage of books purchased from the fair, including several titles by evergreen authors. Many of them expressed their happiness at the arrangements made at the festival. “We had less cash with us but it was a relief to see that almost all the stalls are accepting cards. There is also a mobile ATM van and I think sufficient arrangements have been made for a hassle-free fair,” said Ankush Bhatia, a visitor.

The theme of this year is Manushi, focussing on writings on and by women, from ancient times till the present. The Pavilion had an impressive ambience, decked with hoardings and posters of women scholars and writers. “We have a large collection of works by women. Some of them are in Hindi and Urdu, while others are in English. And it came to us as a pleasant surprise that the buyers for these books are not only women but also the men. They all seem interested,” said Sandeep Ahuja from Surachna Publications. Over 600 books on and by women in different genres and in all major Indian languages were on display. Sandeep also told us that panels and posters of major women authors, saint-poets, philosophers, and social reformers belonging to the ancient medieval India as well as modern India will also be displayed.

“Out of all the languages, there has been an increase in sales for Urdu language books. Young students are finding the poetry and the Urdu literature very fascinating. Though compared to other language books, the sales are not very high but there has been an increase for sure,” said Alam Khan from Al-Sayeed Publications. Read more

Source: The Pioneer 

New Delhi World book fair gets underway at Pragati Maidan, 800 publishers from over 20 foreign countries will participate

The nine-day New Delhi World Book Fair kicks off at the Pragati Maidan on Saturday. The theme for 2017 book fair is Manushi, and it will focus on writing on and by women.

Minister of State for Human Resources Development Mahendra Nath Pandey will inaugurate the fair on Saturday. The theme will be inaugurated by Human Resource and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday.

2017 World Book fair will witness the participation of nearly 800 publishers from across the country and abroad. More than 20 countries including China, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan and Iran will participate in 2017 book fair.

Also, a number of seminars, panel discussions, storytelling sessions and workshops on creative writing will be organised at the Children’s Pavilion.

To mark its 60 years of foundation, The National Book Trust (NBT)  will also showcase its journey in promoting books and reading at a special exhibit called ‘This is no looking back’.  Read more

Source: News Nation 


44th New Delhi World Book Fair to focus on women writing

The 44th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair that is set to begin on January 7 here, will be themed ‘Manushi’, focusing on “writings on and by women”.

The 9-day-long fair, organised by National Book Trust (NBT) in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), will aim to show and project the diversity of writings by women writers.

The fair will be inaugurated by Mahendra Nath Pandey, MoS for Human Resource Development (Higher Education), on January 7 at Pragati Maidan here.

Eminent Odia writer and Jnanpith awardee Pratibha Ray will be Guest of Honour and Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to India will be the Special Guest on the ocassion. Read more

Source: Business Standard

Authors and the World: Impressions from the New Delhi World Book Fair


Celebrating 50 years of cordial diplomatic relations in 2015, India invited Singapore, through the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), to be the Guest of Honour for this year’s New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), from 14 to 22 February 2015.

According to Dr. R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of NBCDS, there were about 55 participants from Singapore who visited the book fair as part of the Singapore delegation. “They were publishers, authors, storytellers, illustrators, booksellers, academics, librarians, teachers and arts administrators,” he said. “The delegation represented the entire continuum of the book industry right from the creators, the writers to the distributors. The Indians were impressed by the numbers as well as the varying expertise of the members. With such a strong and diverse group we were able to organise different programmes not only at the Fair but also at schools, the National Museum as well as the bookstores in and around New Delhi.” (Read the full interview with Dr. R. Ramachandran here)

Kitaab asked a few of the participants about their impressions of the NDWBF. Here are their responses in their own words:

Yong Shu Hoong, writer


Yong Shu Hoong (Photo credit: Ng Kah Gay)

To be honest, I’ve not really thought about visiting India. I’d really expected myself to visit Sri Lanka (which was in the planning for years) before ever setting foot on the rest of the Indian subcontinent. Was this due to a fear of the chaos I’ve heard about or prospect of illnesses? Or a reluctance to confront sad scenes of poverty seen in films? The many recent media reports of rape and murder in Delhi didn’t help.

Yet, when the invitation was extended to me to join other writers, illustrators and publishers to head for the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) 2015, I leaped at the opportunity to finally make my first trip to India. And why would I pass on such a chance? I got help with visa application and travel arrangements, and enjoyed the strength in numbers of travelling as a group. I also thought to myself, if I didn’t seize this opportunity, I might never make my passage to India in this lifetime.
Of course, there were still warnings given by the trip’s organiser, the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), that we had to be mindful of as delegates. For example, there was much concern over drinking water, on top of the precautionary hoarding of charcoal pills and other medicines to ward off the so-called “Delhi belly”.
What little we saw of New Delhi, versus our prior ideas and misconceptions of India, might grant us inspirations for new poems or stories – when we have enough time to digest our experiences. But the real takeaway for me would be the chance to share the stage with fellow Singaporean writers and illustrators as I read my poems to attentive visitors who stopped by for the many panel discussions and meet-the-author events lined up at the Singapore Pavilion. I also got to know some of my fellow delegates better – for example, Chinese-language poet Chow Teck Seng, whom I discussed ideas on a translation project.
I was also heartened by the good response received at a session where illustrator David Liew did live painting, while I read my poems, before a rather intrigued audience. I’m thinking that this format might work well in Singapore schools too.
All in all, this was a memorable trip, where I could feel a strong sense of camaraderie among all the Singapore delegates, as we shared our “diverse cultures, distinct literature” with any book-lover willing to stop and listen.

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Bringing India and Singapore closer through books

RRamachandranCelebrating 50 years of cordial diplomatic relations in 2015, India invited Singapore, through the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS), to be the Guest of Honour for this year’s New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), from 14 to 22 February 2015. In this exclusive interview with Kitaab’s editor-in-chief Zafar Anjum, Dr. R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of NBCDS, shares his experiences from the NDWBF.

Singapore was the Guest of Honour country at this year’s NewDelhi World Book Fair. Has this strengthened  cooperation between India and Singapore? 

R. Ramachandran: Our links with India has always been good professionally. What has not happened over the years is Indian public awareness of our authors and publishers.  The large number of authors and publishers and the 30 programmes organised at the Fair, schools and bookshops has broken the ice and Singapore, besides being a financial centre,  has  also become known now as a literary and publishing hub  among the Indian readers. This awareness would lead to more publishers being interested in our books as they would be saleable in the Indian market.

Besides, Indian reading public had been hitherto insular. They have been reading Indian tittles in English and in their local languages. As India is opening up, there is  an  interest in other parts of the world, particularly Asia. This became apparent when Indians bought reprinting rights to some of our fiction and non-fiction titles.

The other important factor is that the  Singapore Publishers’ and writers’ perception of the  quality and the range of Indian titles has greatly improved. They now know that Indian publications have reached international standards both in content and packaging and therefore would be of interest to Singaporean and ASEAN readers

Hence, I would think that the literary  and  publishers links would be strengthened as there would now be a business motivation behind the literary and publishing initiatives. Read more

Singapore to be Guest of Honour Country at New Delhi World Book Fair 2015

As part of celebrating 50 years of close and cordial bilateral diplomatic relations, Singapore is the Guest of Honour Country at the upcoming New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from 14-22 February 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India.

Supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Media Development Authority (MDA), this endeavour intends to raise the profile of Singapore in India, and to give recognition to the authors, illustrators, publishers and other key players involved in Singapore’s publishing industry. The delegation will arrive in Delhi in two waves: publishers on 11 February, and authors and illustrators on 13 February. Read more

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