20th World Book Fair – New Delhi: A Fair Report

Author: Sherry Helms

The 2012 edition of the Indian World Book Fair, held at the heart of capital city New Delhi, concluded successfully on March 4, 2012. Lasted for a week, the 20th New Delhi World Book Fair kicked off on February 25 and had been a big success with around 1300 exhibitors and 12,000 publishers displaying thousands of books in more than 20 languages. Several countries from Europe, Asia and Americas have participated in the event.

Tens of thousands of players from book industry participated in this biennial Book Fair and exhilarated the book-lovers. But, the exciting trade publishers of English language books stole the show. Penguins, HarperCollins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Orient Blackswan, Hachette Book Publishing, Hay House, Full Circle, etc., are some of the biggest names from trade publishing who made the weekend fulfilling and profitable. Their stalls were abuzz with activities from brisk selling to queries by new writers with electrifying ideas.

Trade publishers exhibited their diversity with book categories like fiction, classic, chick lit, biography, education, health and well-being, self-help, arts, architecture and design, cookery and books on cinema.  There is no wonder in saying that this fraction of the Book Fair had something to offer to everybody.

Besides that, the Book Fair witnessed the participation of popular names of scholarly or academic books publishers like Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, Cambridge University Press, etc. Students of every standards were availed themselves of diverse range of academic books on various subjects such as science and technology, business, social sciences,humanities, medicine, etc.

Some great classics of the time were also available in low-priced editions, giving strong competition to the books boasting international acclamation viz. Nobel, Pulitzer, DSC prize for South Asian Literature Fiction, Man Booker Prize, Man Asian Literary Prize, Orange Prize, Commonwealth Prize, etc.

One of the big tell-tale signs of the third biggest market for English publications was the number of patrons carrying heavy packages filled with multiple books. Overall, the 20th New Delhi World Book Fair 2012 made the last week fun filled and fruitful for all the book-lovers.  And, the event is proved to be a grand success with the ample efforts of its organizer, India’s National Book Trust (NBT), along with all the participants and patrons.

Nonetheless, if there participated around 12000 publishers in this World Book Fair, we have in our store books of nearly 25000 publishers. Browse through all that on our mega online bookstore, Printsasia.com.

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