A two-day training programme will teach how to convert books into e-books

With bibliophiles turning increasingly to the Internet, the nine-day Delhi Book Fair that opens at Pragati Maidan here on September 1 will focus on and examine the reasons for proliferation of e-books.

To be hosted by the India Trade Promotion Organisation in partnership with the Federation of Indian Publishers, the 18 edition of the annual event will see the participation of 250 publishers from all over India. China and Pakistan will be among the foreign participants.

According to Delhi Book Fair director Shakti Malik, who has played a significant role in popularising books by Indian writers and publishers in the country and abroad, there is a need to understand the concept behind e-books and why they are necessary in our daily lives. “We cannot pretend to be ignorant about technology when it is staring us in our face. The popularity of e-books, especially among the young generation, has increased beyond our expectations. So the focus this year will be on e-books. In fact, we will have a two-day training programme in which we will teach how to convert books into e-books. This will be beneficial for authors as well as publishers.”

This year, a 20-member delegation from China will interact with their Indian counterparts over translation rights. “After the agreement on translation rights with Indian publishers, Chinese publishers have brought out books in their languages. The agreement on translation rights will prove advantageous to us because our authors will earn royalty from the sale of translated books.”

Pakistan could not participate last year because its distributors were denied visas. Lahore’s Sheikh Mubarak Ali will be the sole publisher from the neighbouring country.

However, the silver lining is that “Urdu and history books from Pakistan have already landed in Delhi”.

Mr. Malik is confident that ITPO’s new chairperson Rita Menon will agree to his request for giving students free entry to the exhibition ground during the Book Fair. “I hope Ms. Menon gives her nod. This would provide a big relief to students. The book reading habit must continue to grow. The power and influence of books can never be underestimated. The knowledge books impart helps people to become better informed and improve their overall personality.”

Bollywood lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar will be the guest of honour at the fair. He will speak about his poetry and his books in a programme aptly titled “Ek Shaam Javed Akhtar Ke Saath”. To ensure that senior citizens and differently-abled are able to reach the venue without any trouble, 11 air-conditioned feeder buses will be provided from the parking facilities on Bhairon Road to Hall No. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 12A at the sprawling exhibition ground.

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