Various studies have shown that book readership statistics in India is very high. Book Fairs in India attract huge numbers of visitors; no wonder that one of the third most World-famous Book Fair is held in our country.
Book fairs serve various purposes. Book lovers can check out books releases, find educational books, discover rare books, talk to favorite authors and get the best bargains at Book fairs in India. One can meet popular authors while new authors can find publishers for their book here. True that many Book publishing contracts are signed in Book fairs in India.
Book fairs also include panel discussions seminars and cultural events. They have children-centered events to inculcate a reading habit at a young age. So, if you are wondering when and where are they held, here is a list of the most popular ones:
- New Delhi World Book Fair
It is the biggest Book Fair in across Afro-Asian region. It is also the third biggest book fair in the world and hence a major calendar event for most Indian and foreign exhibitors, writers, publishers, and book lovers. The New Delhi World Book Fair is more than 46 years old. The First New Delhi World Book Fair was organized with about 200 exhibitors.
The next exhibition is to be held at Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi from 5th to 13th January 2019 with the theme “Books for Readers with special needs”.
Organizers: National Book Trust
For more information: http://www.newdelhiworldbookfair.gov.in/
- Delhi Book Fair and Stationery fair
This is another Bookfair held in Delhi. It is organized by the India trade promotion organization (ITPO).
The Delhi Book fair and Stationery fair has been held every year at Pragati Maidan since the past two decades. It is a favorite hunting ground for DIY enthusiasts, artists searching for art supplies, stationery collectors, students, teachers and everybody concerned with writing and reading.
This year(2018) it was held in August-September. There were more than 40 Indian companies participating and putting up their stationery and art supply exhibits. Names of few who participated are Navneet, Artbin(USA), Campap(Malaysia), Camlin, Uniball(USA), Arto (Malaysia, Sharpie (USA), Mungyo (South Korea) and Sakura (Japan).
- International Kolkata Book Fair
The International Kolkata Bookfair is the oldest Book Fair in India. It is also the Biggest non-trade fair for the general public.
The first edition was held on March 5th, 1976 with 56 stalls and 34 publishers
This year it was held in January with the theme country – France, the center of culture of Europe.
The next Kolkota book fair will be held from 30 January 2019 to 10th February 2019. The location will be Central Park Mela Ground, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
Organizers: The Publishers and Booksellers Guild
For more information: www.kolkatabookfaironline.com
- Chennai Book Fair
It is also called Madras Bookfair. An annual affair, it is usually held during the New year-Pongal holiday season in the month of January. Like the Kolkata fair, the Chennai Book fair is also one of the oldest Book fairs in India.
During this fair, food and refreshment stalls are set up. Debates, speeches, and contests are also a part of this Bookfair.
Organizers: Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India
For more information: http://bapasi.com/?lang=en
- Bengaluru Book Fair
The Bengaluru Bookfair is also an annual fair. More than 350 stalls of books in Hindi, Tamil Malayalam, Telugu, Marathi, Manipuri, and Bengali.
Book lovers flock to this fair to get the best deals and discounts the publishers and sellers offer.
Organizers: Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association
- Kochi International Book Festival
This fest was initiated to increase literacy and reading habit in the whole of Kerala state. Book launches, seminars, and writers meet are organized during this festival. Prestigious literary awards are given away. There are also various cultural activities that take place during this festival. Kerala Literary and painting competitions for kids are also conducted.
This year it will be held between 2nd to 11th Nov, 2018 at Ernakulathappan grounds, Kochi
Organizers: Anthrashtra Pusthakotsava Samithy, Kochi
For more information: http://www.bookfestkochi.com/
- Thiruvananthapuram Book Fair
This festival is organized at the Kanakkakkunnu Palace. This festival is part of the Great Grand Kerala Shopping Festival.
Organizers: Department of culture, Kerala
- Vijayawada Book Festival Society (VBFS)
This Vijayawada Book Festival was initiated in the year 1989. The highlights of this fest are:
- Book fests in cities like Vishakapatnam, Anantapur,Anantapur Tirupathi, Srikakulam Rajahmundry, and Nellore are held
- On January 11th it is set up in Vijayawada.
- Walk for books organized during birth centenaries of Telugu writers
- The entry for students is free and Competition for students also conducted during this fest
- Hyderabad Book Fair
This fair is usually held at different venues in Hyderabad, Telangana. More than 215 publishers participated in the exhibition held in January 2018.
- Pune Book Fair
This book fair is a 5-day affair usually held in the month of October. Book lovers can find a wide range of books, CDs and Games as well. Cultural programmes, writer autograph sessions, debates and documentary screenings are also lined up for the enthusiastic visitors.
Organizers: Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad
National Book Trust Established in 1957 by Government of India to encourage and produce good literature in English, Hindi and the regional languages across India. It organizes many regional book fairs across the length and breadth of India at various times during the calendar year. People unable to check out the popular Book fairs can at least visit these regional fairs and enjoy the same benefits that you can enjoy in some major fairs.
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