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National Book Trust (NBT)

Established in 1957 as an apex body, the National Book Trust (NBT) produces and encourages the production of good literature in English, Hindi and other Indian languages. It also strives to make such literature available at moderate prices to the public and to bring out book catalogues, arrange book fairs/exhibitions and seminars and take all necessary steps to make the people book minded.

Promotion of Books and Reading


Promoting books and inculcating the habit of reading is the prime focus of NBT. It orgnaises book fairs and exhibitions and is the nodal body for the promotion of books both in India and abroad, NBT:

  • Organises book fairs/exhibitions throughout the country at various levels. NBT has so far oganized 21 World Book Fairs in New Delhi, and nearly 400 State level book fairs and festivals.
  • Participates in major international book fairs annually and showcases books from India.
  • Makes books available at the doorsteps of the people through mobile exhibitions and on-line sales through its website.
  • Has enrolled more than 80,000 Book Club Members throughout the country.
  • Provides financial assistance to authors and publishers.
  • Organises seminars and workshops.
  • Organises special book fairs and literary programmes in the north-east to promote books and book reading in the region.


Assistance to Authors and Publishers


Promotes the publication of reasonably priced books for higher education, NBT gives financial assistance to authors and publishers of textbooks and reference material. Under this scheme for the subsidized publication of books, only such books are subsidized for which a definite need is felt. So far, NBT has subsidized the publication of more than a thousand titles, mostly in English. The scope of the scheme has been widened to provide assistance for such publications in Indian languages.

Promotion of Children's Literature

The National Centre for Children's Literature (NCCL) was established by the NBT in 1993 to monitor, coordinate, plan and aid the publication children's literature in various Indian languages. The NCCL is engaged in organizing workshops, exhibitions and promoting the habit of reading at the school level by encouraging the setting up of Readers' Clubs. Till date about 35,000 Readers' Club have been established across various schools in the country. 

National Book Trust, India
Nehru Bhawan, 5 Institutional Area,
Vasant Kunj, Phase-II,
New Delhi-110070.
Ph. No.011-26707700.
E-mail: office.nbt@nic.in 

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