Visitors flock to book fair, publishers expect better sales

Visitors throng to the Amar Ekushey Book Fair in Dhaka on Bhasha Shaheed Day Monday. —Sony Ramany

Publishers and sellers expect better sales at the ongoing Amar Ekuskey Book Fair on Monday.

The doors of the fair opened at 8:00 a.m. to visitors. People from all walks of life began to flock to the book fair in the morning.

“The number of visitors was low in the morning, but it kept increasing,” Abdul Kader, a salesman at Gyankosh Prokashoni, said around noon.

“A satisfactory sale has not started yet, however, we expect better sales as book lovers have started coming,” Abdul Kader added.

Ananya Publishing House Editor Monirul Hoque said, “The sale is increasing with the visitors. I hope the fair will have a satisfactory turnout by today’s evening.

Director of Nalonda publishing house, Zakir Hussain, said: “The book fair is gaining momentum. We have already sold a satisfactory number of books in the afternoon.

Zakir Hussain also expected a better sale by the evening.

Many children, accompanied by tutors, came to the children’s corner in the morning to buy their favorite books.

Kader Babu, publisher of Babui Prokash, said, “We have already brought 15 new books for children and 10 more are in the pipeline. We get good responses from the kids.

Some visitors have complained about difficulties in finding the stalls they want.

‘It is very difficult to find a stand in the fairground because the map of allocated stands is not very available. The book fair authorities should install the card in certain places,” said visitor Mizanur Rahman.

“It is quite difficult to go to the information booth every time to find out the location of a booth in such a big funfair,” said Shohel Rana from Narayanganj.

Ashraful Kabir, a former student from the University of Dhaka, said: “I collected catalogs and made a list of new books. I will start buying the books later.

Mahfuz Emran, a student at East West University, said, “I came to the fair with my friends. I bought Himu Samagra by Humayun Ahmed and am now looking for new novels.

Bangla Academy officials urged people to maintain social distancing and wear masks, but many visitors were seen not following Covid-19 health guidelines.

The poets recited their self-written poems at the Bhasha Shaheed Muktamancha at the premises of Bangla Academy in the morning and afternoon.

The fair will continue until 9:00 p.m. today.

Visitors will not be permitted to enter the lounge after 8:30 p.m.

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