Friday, October 30, 2009

Pratham Books at Moscow Book Fair

President Pratibha Patil visited the Moscow International Book Fair 2009 held between September 2-7, because India was an official Guest of Honour this year. While that made headline news, we at Pratham Books are delighted about a little-known fact: As part of the Guest of Honour presentations, National Book Trust put up a collective exhibit of Indian books published in the last three years. Of the 100 Indian children's books showcased at the Fair, there were 30 published by Pratham Books. Yipee!

In the words of Nuzhat Hassan , Director, National Book Trust,
"Indian publishing over the years has advanced rapidly in terms of quality of
production, its content and the diversity of subjects. Indian books have earned
worldwide respect and commercial viability. The publishing scenario in contemporary India is conceptually exciting and linguistically and quantitatively diverse. India is third largest producer of English language books in the world after the UK and USA. Approximately, 92,000 new titles are published every year, out of which roughly 40 per cent are in the English language.”

You can see all the hundred books that went to Moscow here. With so many million children still without access to good books, there's plenty of work to be accomplished by all publishers.

We thank all our authors, illustrators, translators and others who have helped bring out our books.

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