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New Delhi, Jan 4, 2017: Book lovers who are looking forward to meeting authors from Pakistan or reading books written by them might be a little disappointed, as this time only one distributor from across the border will be attending the 44th edition of the World Book Fair.

“We didn’t get any application from Pakistani authors or publishers and we don’t invite any specific author or publisher unless it is the Guest of Honour country. We give platform only to those who apply,” Rita Chowdhary, Director of World Book Fair told IANS.

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This year, about 20 countries along with their delegates will be participating in the fortnight-long World Book Fair, which begins on January 7.

Held at Pragati Maidan, the book fair, which is one of the largest among Afro-Asian countries, is set to host more than 2,500 stalls.

The organisers mentioned that the special emphasis has been put on European countries like France and Germany this year, who will talk about markets, trends and collaborations in a session and will showcase their book market scenario at the event.

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“We are highlighting the Indian diaspora in the European countries as well as focusing on making the translated works of these nations available in the book fair,” Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Director of National Book Trust (NBT) told IANS at the event.

A special photography exhibition has also been organised by the Cultural Department of China and documentary films will be screened to commemorate the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare.

Keeping in mind the issue of demonetisation, the organisers mentioned that almost all the stalls have installed card swiping machines. About six ATM machines and one mobile ATM van have also been stationed at the venue.

FAQs:

Venue: Pragati Maidan.

Tickets: Adults – Rs 30, children below 12 years – Rs 20. Entry free for school children.

Ticket availability: Apart from venue, the book fair tickets will be available at 50 Metro stations.

Timings: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (IANS)

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Great Potential For Books In India: International Bestselling Authors

Greer also said that while India is a "fascinating market" for international authors, Indian authors should also be published in other countries.

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Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer Irvine Welsh echoed similar sentiments, stating that people in India are reading "a lot of books".

India’s vibrant publishing market is attracting major international bestselling authors, who say that there is a great potential for their books to find a good readership in India.

Once a book becomes successful in the country where it is first published, international rights for the books are acquired by leading publishing houses in other countries. India, being the second largest publishing market in the world, is one hot spot where perhaps every successful author wants to be published.

Former British politician and bestselling novelist Jeffrey Archer, for instance, finds more readers in India than anywhere else in the world. In pure statistical terms, his books also sell more in India than anywhere else.

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India’s vibrant publishing market is attracting major international bestselling authors, who say that there is a great potential for their books to find a good readership in India. : Pixabay

What message does it send to award-winning or bestselling authors from other countries? That the market is ripe for harvest!

“I think there is a lot of potential here; I know some great writers from India, they write from their heart. I also think it is a great place to publish and I can only see more and more authors coming here,”Australian author Markus Zusak of “The Book Thief” fame told IANS on the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer Irvine Welsh echoed similar sentiments, stating that people in India are reading “a lot of books”.

He said that festivals like the JLF also provide a platform for authors like him to find new readers. “I think there is a great potential, he said.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Andrew Sean Greer, who is on a marathon book tour of India, attending lit fests in Chennai and Kolkata before coming to Jaipur, said that he is excited about the new readers his book “Less” is finding in India.

Harry Potter books. (Representational image)

“In the united States, we don’t have a culture of reading many books from outside. We do not import much whereas I find it to be very different here,” Greer told IANS.

He said winning an award like the Pulitzer does contribute to international recognition, but maintained that it is ultimately up to the readers, and the reading culture at large.

“When I come to festivals like this in India, the one thing that surprises me most is people here read and come. I am saying this because people have asked me questions about my Gay protagonist, which means they have read my book.

“Otherwise, they say that I have not read your book, or have read only half. There is genuine interest among readers and I think right now it’s the place where every writer wants to be,” Greer added.

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Greer also said that while India is a “fascinating market” for international authors, Indian authors should also be published in other countries.

A slew of international authors, including the recipients of major literary awards and those who are a sensation in themselves like Archer, have gathered here to participate in the JLF. (IANS)