Rural India to be theme of Delhi Book Fair

December 20th, 2010 - 11:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The dynamics of rural India will be presented through fine print at the 16th edition of the Delhi Book Fair to be held from Saturday in Pragati Maidan here.The fair is held in collaboration between the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP).

It will host 270 Indian and foreign publishers from countries like China, Pakistan and Iran, among others.

On display will be books on education, academic fiction, non-fiction, literature, children’s books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, periodicals, magazines, journals, teaching aids and computer software, a statement released here said.

India has 16,000 publishers and 30,000 bookshops besides multi-national publishing companies like Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Penguin, Harper Collins, Random House, Hachette, Picador and Rutledge Harvard Business Publishing.

Around 70,000 titles are published in India every year, according to statistics compiled by ITPO and FIP.

Hindi accounts for the highest number of titles published every year, while 30 percent of all books are published in English.

The other major languages of publication include Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi and Tamil.

The Delhi Book Fair will conclude Jan 2.

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