Book sale makes all happy
All publishers excepting some NGO and research-based publishers were happy with the sales of their books on the sixth day of the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday.
Many visitors were seen leaving the fair premises with a number of new books in their hands on the second consecutive holiday of the week.
It was quite hard to get inside the fair premises in the afternoon as the fair ground was brimming over with booklovers. The stalls, especially Anwesha, Anyaprakash, Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, Sahitya Prokash and the sales centre of Bangla Academy remained crowded throughout the day.
However, Sohrab, an attendant of a bookstall of the NGO, D Net, expressed his discontent over the sales of their books saying, "We could not sell much as most visitors mainly come to buy novels, but NGO publications are mainly based on research."
Book unveiling ceremony, cultural and discussion programmes on different issues were also on at the fair.
Children were seen with their guardians in the fair seeking books of their interest. The collection of titles for children included those on comic characters, fairy tales, etc. and science fictions. Some publishers also released videos on animated versions of the fairy tales along with books.
The fair information centre reported 160 new titles.
The titles that came out yesterday include Neuron a Abaro Onuron of Muhammad Jafar Iqbal, Kata Janapad Kata Itihas of Brig General [Ret] S Shakhawat Hossain, Ayesha Mangal of Anisul Haque, Hantarak of Sawkat Osman, and Nirbachita Column of Obaidul Qader.
The fair remains open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm six days a week while it's open from11:00am to 10:00pm on Friday with a two-hour break at 1:00pm.
The fair has two gates for entrance and exit, one in front of Atomic Energy Commission and the other one near Doel Chattar.