Bookings for NDWBF opening soon


The bookings for the largest book fair of the Afro-Asian region – NDWBF 2019 are set to open from October 15, 2018. The show will be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from January 5-13, 2019.

The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) 2019 is scheduled from January 5-13, 2019 at the centrally located Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The fair is organized by National Book Trust, India, an autonomous organization of the Government of India under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), the nodal agency of the Government of India under the Ministry of Commerce, is the co-organizer of the Fair.

The fair hosts many literary and publishing conferences, emerging new voices in Indian writings as well as special programmes for children and youth.

The 2018 edition

The Fair attracts participation from major publishing houses across the globe. In 2018, the Fair spread over an area of 36,000 sq. mt. attracted nearly 1,000 Indian exhibitors and more than 40 foreign exhibitors.\

Bookings open…

The bookings for the 2019 edition will open from October 15, 2018 to November 15, 2018. The fair will be spread across the following halls of Pragati Maidan: 7 (A to H), 8-11, 12 and 12 A.

Authors Corners

Four aesthetically designed Authors Corners created in various halls of the Fair provide the right platform for dialogues, panel discussions, book launches for the domestic publishers, authors and book lovers. Aptly named Lekhak Manch, Sahitya Manch, Conversations, and Reflections, these Corners have become synonymous with lively literary activities, and also serve as meeting place for the visitors. To slot events please contact the Organizer.


The CEOs and Senior Executives will participate in the B2B event CEOSpeak over Chairman’s Breakfast organized by National Book Trust, India, and FICCI, on the sidelines of the Fair to share and exchange ideas about Indian and International book trade.

New Delhi Rights Table

The New Delhi Rights Table offers B2B match making sessions among publishers in a refreshingly new business ambience. The unique format of this event enables exhibitors to book their own Rights Table, meet each other, present their products and ideas, and also finalize their interests and agreements for transfer of translation and other rights of books available in English, Hindi and other Indian languages.

Theme of NDWBF’19

Every New Delhi World Book Fair takes up a Theme to focus and explore various aspects of an area of intellectual activity having some pronounced social relevance. During the 2018 edition of the Fair ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE was the Theme. In the 2019 edition the Theme is focused on READERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, with emphasis on the reading needs of children with special needs. The Theme would be projected to carry forward the idea of Inclusive Learning, and explore various issues and dimensions of creating, producing and disseminating content for the readers. An exclusive exhibition of Braille books, audio books, integrated print-braille books, books for differently-abled, children with sight or ear impairment, autistic kids, children/readers with ADHD, behavioural/psychological problems/anxieties will a major highlight of the Theme Pavilion.

Children’s Pavilion

A number of activities promoting children’s literature and reading habit such as skits, dramas, street plays, musical presentations, storytelling sessions, workshops, panel discussions etc. are organized in a specially designed Children’s Pavilion. Conducted by renowned writers and illustrators as also professionals from education and publishing fields, these activities see huge participation by teachers and children from government and private schools/non-governmental organizations as well as those associated with the children’s literature or reading promotional activities.

International Events Corner

It is an engaging platform for sharing ideas and enhancing literary understanding. The foreign Exhibitors/Missions/Embassies/Cultural Centres/Book Promotion Agencies are encouraged to book slots at the Events Corner for organizing Book Launches, Panel Discussions, Literary Programmes and Workshops for children as well as adults.

Cultural Programmes

To attract book lovers to the World Book Fair and add to the festivities, NBT also organizes cultural presentations by leading organizations in the field such as Song and Drama Division, Sahitya Kala Parishad, etc. at the Fair. Cultural programmes organized on the occasion have received wide appreciation from all quarters, particularly from foreign participants.

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