The demand for dictionaries and glossaries has remained strong in the Amar Ekushey Book Fair as new titles and reprints hitting the stalls this year are among the pre-listed choices of the visitors.
Among the most common buyers of dictionaries and glossaries were students of all spheres of educational institutions, job seekers and even professionals, attendants at bookstalls said.
Though seven new dictionaries and glossaries hit the fair stalls till Sunday, reprints of useful dictionaries were in high demand, they said.
Bangla Academy, the most prominent dictionary publisher in the country, has reprinted Bangla Uchcharon Obhidhan, edited by Naren Biswas.
Stall attendants of the academy told New Age that reprints of 15 dictionaries and 10 glossaries were still among the most sought after books.
The academy has in circulation dictionaries of languages including Bangla, English, Arabic, Urdu and French.
Glossaries of scientific, business, legal, music and parliamentary terms were also on display on both Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan premises.
Academy official Mainul Islam told New Age that Bangla Academy Adhunik Bangla Obhidhan, first published in 2016, was the best-selling book.
Aklima Khatun, a private college teacher, said that she always trusted dictionaries published by Bangla Academy.
Some private publishers have also brought out dictionaries and glossaries on diverse subjects.
Utso Publication has published Sylheter Ancholik Bhashar Obhidhan, a dictionary of Sylheti dialect. A former police officer, Ahmed Amin Chowdhury collected and edited the title translating thousands of local names of wildlife, fruits, fish, sports, furniture, trees, land measurement techniques, agricultural instruments and others.
Anupam Prakashani has published Paribhasha Obhidhan, edited by Subrata Barua.
Anyprakash has brought out Shlil-Ashlil Obhidhan, a dictionary of slangs, edited by Quader Mahmud.
Iqbal Mahmud, a university student who purchased the title, said that the dictionary seemed interesting to him. ‘I think I will enjoy the book,’ he said.
Many visitors collected new editions of dictionaries and glossaries to learn about new terms and their contemporary usages due to neologism.
Ittadi Grantha Prakash-published Chalti Shabder Obhidhan, edited by Mamun Or Rashid, was a title that visitors often picked up besides purchasing books of other genres, said stall attendants.
Oitijjhya has initiated to reprint Dhakaiya Kutti Bhashar Obhidhan, edited by Mosarraf Hossain Bhuiyan, as the title went out of stock during this fair, said Oitijjhya sales manager Amjad Hossain Khan.
According to Bangla Academy information centre, 133 new titles hit the bookstalls on the 18th day of the fair on Sunday.
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