New Delhi: The 27th New Delhi World Book Fair began today at Pragati Maidan in the national capital.
Inaugurating the 9-day annual event, Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar expressed happiness that books have not lost their popularity even after the advent of various media like audio books and e-books.
He said the habit of reading is intact among Indians, and growing at a steady pace.
Co-organised by the National Book Trust (NBT) and the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the Book Fair’s theme this year is “Readers with special needs”, especially children.
To mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, there is a special exhibition of books on and by Mahatma Gandhi. More than 600 publishers are displaying books at more than 1350 stalls at the fair.
Tickets will be of 30 rupees for adults and 20 rupees for children. Tickets will be available online, at selected metro stations and Pragati maidan gate no. 1 and 10.
There will be free entry for students in school uniform, senior citizens and differently abled. Over 20 countries will participate in the fair.