This year’s edition of the Delhi Book Fair has a lot in store for bibliophiles. In a first, the fair – which turned 18 this year – has e-books and web-based applications on display. That’s not all. Visitors will also be treated to a unique film festival where movies based on Indian novels will be screened.
On the inaugural day of the fair, a number of publishers were seen promoting e-books and trying to get small and medium publishers to move towards digitising books. Vishv Books, a Delhi-based publishing house has recently launched various applications created for iPads and Android tablets. These applications have been developed for 10 books in the children’s segment. “We are trying to make books as interactive as possible. The innovation will help parents read out stories to children from Android phones. We are mulling the addition of a new feature where the parent can record his/her voice to narrate the story ,” said director, Vishv Books, Mudit Mohini.
Even e-book distributors were seen networking with publishers. OverDrive, a US-based digital distributor has put up a stall to woo small Indian publishers. “This year, a lot of Indian publishers have signed up with us. The number of Indian publishers moving to digitised versions has almost grown four times. But it is still modest compared to other countries. We thought the Delhi Book Fair would be the best platform to rope in more publishers,” said business development executive (Europe and Asia), Johanna Brinton.