Book fair sees decline in number of visitors

DU Correspondent

29 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair could draw fewer visitors on Sunday in comparison to previous days.

While visiting the fair on the day, most of the salesmen were seen spending free time chatting with each other as the number of buyers thinned.  

Expressed their frustration publishers said it is such a situation that they would hardly can recoup the cost of setting up stalls this time.

Mizanur Rahman, the publisher of Shuva Prokash, said, “There are very fewer number of visitors in the fair. Strike is going on at the same time. The book fair is going to be a very bad experience for the publishers.”

Mohammad Shaheen, manager of Anupam Prokashon, said, “The situation is not good. Our condition is worse this time."

A saleswoman said, “There’s no sale today. No people came to the fair because of the ongoing strike.”

On the day, a total of 122 new books were launched while the total number of new arrivals reached to 1381 so far. The fair will remain open from 3:00pm to 9:00pm every day and from 11:00am to 9:00pm on holidays.