The New Delhi World Book Fair,is India's oldest book fair. First New Delhi World Book Fair Was held in around 6790 sq. mt area with 200 participants from March 18 to April 4, 1972. It was inaugurated by Sh V.V. Giri President of India. This biennial event takes place in early February, and is organized by the National Book Trust, India (NBT). Apart from publication, NBT promotes National readership policies and also supports the growing markets of neighboring countries. The National Centre for Children Literature (NCCL), a wing of NBT organizes children events in the Children pavilion to promote children literature and the national 'Readers Club' movement
India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the nodal agency of the Government of India under the Ministry of Commerce, for promoting the country’s external trade is the Co-organizer of the Fair. Today Indian publishing stands poised at a significant crossroad towards the path of growth. NDWBF offers the participants a unique opportunity of doing business with this growing book industry. It is also an ideal venue for promoting titles, co-publication arrangements and trade. Besides the many literary and publishing conferences and programmes to be organized during the Fair, it also opens up a gateway to the publishing and intellectual world of South Asia. The Fair attracts participation from major publishing houses of the globe. In 2013, the Fair attracted more than 1200 Indian Exhibitors and 31 Foreign Exhibitors.