Visitors, sales drop sharply

The number of visitors and sales at the Amar Ekushey Book Fair fell sharply on Sunday.

Many booksellers said their sales were subdued on weekly bank holidays but fell sharply with low visitor numbers.

Ashik, the seller of Anindya Prokash, said: “People thought the fair would end in February and they came earlier. As a result, sales were comparatively better in February.

“A lot of people are probably starting to avoid the fair because of the hot sun,” Ashik added.

Kadir Kibria Roni, a vendor in Dibyaprakash, said: “Most visitors haven’t bought books in the last holiday. Our sales today have yet to exceed 10 books in the evening, although we have sold books of around 20,000 Tk in the previous days.

Imtiazur Rahman, Commercial Director of Anyaprokash, said: “Sales are down. Our sales expectations may not be met if sales do not increase.

A visitor, Sariful Islam, said, “I come to the fair with my family members to spend time at the fair. I didn’t buy any books today, however, I received two books of poems as gifts.

A total of 46 new books were launched on Sunday and the total number of new arrivals reached 2,212 so far on the twentieth day of the country’s annual book fair.

The total number of new arrivals is the lowest in the last five years.

On the twentieth day of the book fair, a total of 2,217 books were launched in 2021, 2,881 books in 2020, 2,829 books in 2019, and 3,013 books in 2018.

A discussion titled “Birth Centenary Tribute: Nilima Ibrahim” was held on the main stage at the premises of the Bangla Academy.

Also, singer Khurshid Alam, Anjuman Ara Shimul, Champa Banik and others entertained the audience by performing songs on the spot.

The poets recited self-written poems to Bhasha Shaheed Muktamancha at the premises of Bangla Academy as part of a recitation program.

The film Joyjatra directed by Tauquir Ahmed was also screened there.

Writer Salma Bani and researcher Simon Zakaria spoke to Lekhak Balchhi Mancha about their books.

The fair will open at 3:00 p.m. on Monday and will continue until 9:00 p.m.

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

The fair will end on March 17.

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