The 40th Chennai Book Fair has begun yesterday in St. George School on Poonamallee High Road. We had a chance to have a visit to one of the biggest book fairs in south India. It was really blissful to see thousands of book lovers wandering around the stalls. The demonetisation has made an immense change in the sales, but still the book fair attracted a huge crowd.
Few highlights of the book fair:
- 700 stalls have been installed and more than 1 million books are for sale
- The book fair has commenced on 6th January and it will continue till 19th January
- Token system has been introduced to manage the demonetisation. So people can get tokens for Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50 and Rs.100. They can utilize the tokens in the stalls
- Most of the stalls do have POS machines. So buyers can pay using their cards
- Chennai book fair mobile application has been introduced to guide the book lovers and to book ticket for entrance (Entry ticket costs Rs.10)
- Books can be bought for 10% discount
- The stalls will be open from 2.00 PM to 9.00 PM on weekdays and 11.00 AM to 9.00 PM on weekends
Book Sellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) has organised the book fair. It is the 40th time it has been organised in Chennai. In an interview to Times of India Mr. Olivannan Gopalakrishnan, the treasure of BAPASI said “Tamil publishers are usually apprehensive about exploring contemporary platforms such as Kindle, and a fair like this one ends up offering tremendous scope for the audiences they target”.
It is a great opportunity to buy books which we cannot see in shopping websites. Especially reginal language books which are still struggling to enter online platforms. Speech by scholars, discussion forums and guest speeches have been organised every day. The book lovers’ festival will be a delight to feel. If you get a chance and if you are in Chennai don’t miss the opportunity.