The Delhi book fair begins from 23 August 2013 in order to focus on the importance of the library, continuously grabbing attention of the people. In this era of digitization and e-book, this book fair help in throwing the spotlight on the function of libraries and readership growth. The venue of the fair is at Pragati Maidan and the fair will remained open till 31 August 2013. The theme of this book fair is “Libraries and Readership”.
The Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) with association of India Trade Promotion Organisation organized this 9-day fair where 250 participants took part, Including overseas participants. On Monday, Sudhir Malhotra, President of FIP, said that this book fair will ease authors and delegates from all over the world especially from Iran, US and European countries. To provided information about the literary movements in China, a special seven member delegate came here.
Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh has organized the national Knowledge commission that has submitted report to constitute a National Mission on Libraries (NML). Different steps have been taken by NML for enhancing library sector consisting use of library as community library, upgradation of existing public, college and school library.
In the mean time, the Delhi book fair offers a platform for making new contacts, business transaction, translation and copyright arrangement, entering into publishing arrangement and reprinting of rare and old books. According to the organizers, participants from Pakistan is also expected however due to some visa clearance issue they are struggling to attend the fair.
Recently, the government is actively working on linking and modernizing more than 9000 libraries through digital means across the country.