Since its inception in 1995, the Delhi Book Fair has established itself as an annual cultural event to showcase the progress made by the Indian publishing industry. A gateway to the Indian book publishing industry, the event offers both a sales forum and a meeting place for publishers, booksellers, authors, translators and book lovers of all ages.
In the context of India, publishing remains a vast and complex industry. With more than 16,000 publishing houses generating content in more than 24 regional languages, around 90,000 titles are published every year in the country. And, the book fair offers these publishers a space to showcase their work.
According to the organisers, the last book fair had attracted about three lakh visitors from India and overseas. Exhibitors include Indian and foreign publishers, booksellers and distributors, manufacturers and dealers of teaching aids and CD-ROMs, periodicals and magazines, eBooks, including educational aids, government organisations/institutions, and so on.
The Federation of Indian Publishers is the representative body of publishers in English, Hindi and other regional languages with its membership from all over India, representing more than 80% of the publishing industry. The main objective of the Federation is to promote professional standards among members and provide a forum for publishers to discuss their problems at national and international level. The Federation organises training courses, workshops and seminars on subjects relevant to publishing.
The India Trade Promotion Organisation is the premier trade promotion agency of the government of India for organising trade fairs. Apart from its role in bringing the Indian businesses, particularly those in the SMEs/MSMEs sector, close to global markets, it was first to popularise trade fairs as a tool of trade promotion within the country.