In the first week of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair, visitors said that compilation of famous author’s old works in new covers had surged this year.
Utsa Prakashan has brought out novels by Rabindranath Tagore, Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Manik Bandyopadhyay and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay in new covers.
Anupam Prakashani has also put best-selling works by Zahir Raihan and Humayn Ahmed besides the compilations of novels by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Manik Bandyopadhyay and Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
Jonaki Prakashani has published compilation of 1,000 poems by 1,000 poets of the last millennium.
Meera Prakashan has published two compilations of short stories by Helena Khanam while Anindya Prakash has published compilation of science fictions by Mostaque Ahmed.
Sabrina Tasneem, a private employee, observed that while a compilation of classic works could be a precious gift, they were not worth purchasing sometimes. ‘I would not buy a compilation if I already have two and more writings of it in my collection,’ she said.
Somoy Prakashan publisher Farid Ahmed warned that compilations of recent works might be harmful for career prospects of contemporary writers.
Tamralipi publisher AKM Tariqul Islam said that publishers would start to bring more fresh titles from Friday.
In the first week of the fair, the number of newly published titles hitting the stalls increased compared with the corresponding period of the past couple of years.
With 190 new hits on the seventh day on Thursday, the total number of new books stood at 729.
Till the day, 210 collections of poems, 129 novels, 82 books of short stories, 46 collections of essays, 19 research books, 22 children books, 16 science-based books, 11 books on Liberation War and 194 books of other genres hit the bookstalls.
According to Bangla Academy fair information centre, 572 new titles hit the fair in the first week last year. In 2016, the number was 692.
The fair drew fewer crowds on Thursday compared to the previous days, said stall attendants.
On the day, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia at Suhrawardy Udyan unveiled the cover of Ekti Golper Golpo, first novel by Jamshed Nazim, a Gazi Television reporter.
Today, the academy will hold a discussion on historians ABM Habibullah and Momtajur Rahman Tarafdar.
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