Book Fairs in India – An Introduction
India is counted as one of the biggest book publishing centers in the world and is the third largest when it comes to books in English titles, after the USA and UK. Now that’s something we should be really proud of. All over the world, book fairs happen on a regular basis and it’s no different in India. However, how often has it happened that you came to know about a book fair on its last day or worse still, after it got over!
It’s happened to me a lot of times so I’m sure missing book fairs is something that will be really common between all of us. And it’s something that I’ve really hated and which irritates the hell out of me. The last time I searched the net, I found there was no one single place wherein Indians could get information about the major book fairs happening in the country. So I’ve taken this task upon myself to combine information regarding major book fairs in India. Remember though, this list is not final and I’ll continue adding more information on this site as and when I get to know of it.
Why Book Fairs Appeal To Me So Much
The majority of people I know visit book fairs because they think they’ll get some great discounts on books. Although, that is correct but if I want a great discount on books, I’d rather order it online from Flipkart! In case you haven’t heard about Flipkart, then let me tell you that it’s an online bookstore from where one can order books from the comfort of their homes. They offer the best discounts on books and sometimes I’ve gotten books at 50% off! In case you want to look at their wide range of books and categories, Click Here to go to Flipkart.
The main reason why I love to visit book fairs in India is because it’s a place where I get to meet new authors, discover some great books and make lots of new friends. One gets to participate in literary and cultural programmes, listen to authors and book recitals that are conducted especially during these book fairs. It’s truly a rare treat for those who enjoy and appreciate the marvels of the written word.
So without further ado, here is a listing of the major book fairs in India, zone-wise, along with the dates during which they are generally conducted so you can plan ahead and be there. Major book fairs are large events in which publishers, book stores and people related to the publishing industry put up stalls to promote reading, writing, literature and, of course, to sell their books and promote new releases.
List of Major Book Fairs in India
Kolkata – The Kolkata Book Fair is by far the largest and among the most popular book fairs in India. This year, in 2011, it was held in Kolkata from 26th Jan to 6th Feb. This popular fair features some of the biggest book launches of the year with many a foreign authors also heading here to showcase their forthcoming books.
Each year there is an award for the most promising writer along with a lifetime achievement for a celebrated author. Next year it will be held from 25th Jan to 5th Feb, 2012 with the focal theme country being Italy!
1) Delhi – There are two types of major book fairs held here:
- The Delhi Book Fair, organized by the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), in its 16th year, was held from Aug 27 – Sep 4, 2011 at Pragati Maidan. It drew about 5 lakh visitors this year. The date for the fair is not constant—for instance, the next fair will be from Aug 29th – Sep 10th 2012.
- New Delhi World Book Fair – The other major book fair in Delhi is also held in Pragati Maidan and is organized once in two years by NBT. This fair was last held from 30th Jan–7th Feb 2010 and the next one is scheduled for 25th Feb – 4th March 2012. This, according to NBT, is the biggest book fair in the Afro-Asian Region and attracts exhibitors both from India and abroad.
2) Jaipur – The Dainik Bhaskar Book Fair was held between 24th Sept and 3rd Oct 2010, at the outer area of SMS Stadium, near Ambedkar Circle. Dates and venue differ.
1) Chennai – The Chennai Book Fair is held every year and is one of the most popular book fairs in india that is organized by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India. It is one of the longest book fairs in the country and lasts for about 10 days and is usually held between December and January every year. It also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest book fairs in India
2) Hyderabad – The 26th Hyderabad Book Fair will be held from 1st – 11th Dec, 2011 in Hyderabad. For all those in and around Hyderabad at that time, this one should be a must visit on your agenda.
3) Bengaluru – The Bangalore Book Fair, organised by the Bangalore Booksellers and Publishers Association(BBPA) was last held in Palace Grounds from 12th – 21st November, 2010. This major book fair is said to be the second largest in the country and is generally held in November. It draws more than 1 lakh visitors and has revenue in several crore rupees.
4) Trivandrum – The Trivandrum Book Fair, organised by the Department of Culture, Government of Kerala, was held from 18–26 December, 2010 and is part of the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival.
1) Mumbai – The Mumbai International Book Fair (MIBF), organised by the Good Governance India Foundation, a trust dedicated to the promotion of literacy and reading as a habit, is held in January every year in the Bandra-Kurla complex.
2) Pune – The 9th Pune Book Fair (PBF), supported by the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, was a 5-day fair conducted from 20–24 October 2010 at Kamayani grounds in Patrakarnagar. While the fair is held every year, the date and venue differ.