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Delhi Book Fair to give greater space to e publishers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With publishers and authors recognising that keeping pace with technology and making books affordable to larger reader base were key to survival in today's time, the organisers have decided to give greater space to e-publishers from the next year.

Niraj K Gupta, the Executive Director of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) said from next year Digital media exhibitors will get separate spaces for the benefit of visitors and exhibitors.

He said like every year, the 18th edition of the Delhi Book fare too had been a big hit, drawing a large number of visitors.

The estimates that emerged on the last day over the total number of footfalls during the nine days varied but even the most conservative estimates put the number at anywhere near 2.5 lakhs.

On the last day of the Fair, the organisers also awarded exhibitors for the best stalls.

Organised since 1995 by the India Trade Promotion Organisation in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Publishers, the fair is a vital platform for lesser-known authors and publishers who get their due share along with the giants under the same roof.

More than 600 stalls were put up for display this time.

This year, the theme of the bookfair was e-books and e-publishing, and Gupta said the theme helped draw in a good crown including youth.

However, more than visitors, it was publishers and authors who were more interested in e-publishing, as they look to adapt to changing times.

"Technology is now coming in our daily life and publishing industry can't be left alone," he said pointing out that the event had helped create wider awareness for visitors as well as publishers.

The Delhi Book Fair will return next year either in the last week of August or first week of September as this time, according to Director of the Delhi Book Fair, Shakti Malik.

First Published: Sun, September 09 2012. 19:55 IST