The Ekushey Book Fair brings an opportunity for educational institutions to have access to a variety of books in subjects of interest at one place and buy books at special prices.
Individual publishers offer up to 10 per cent additional discounts to institutional buyers at the fair.
Apart from buying books to enrich libraries, many educational institutions, during the fair, procure books for prize giving to winners of cultural and sports competitions.
Publishers and stall attendants told New Age recently that they had been selling a large quantity of books to educational institutions at special discounted rates.
While visiting the fair with 30 seventh graders on Thursday, Mostafa Kamal, head teacher at Dream Preparatory School at Mirpur in the capital, said that he planned to buy books worth Tk 10,000 for the institution’s library.
‘I will buy educational books, like biographies of scholars and philanthropists, dictionaries as well as entertaining books for the library,’ he said.
Kaniz Zebunnessa, a teacher at Fulkuri Nursery School at Gopibag in the city, said on Wednesday that she along with five other teachers came to the fair to buy books for 30 students who had done well in a recent cultural competition of the institution.
Books would be the best prize for the winners, he remarked.
Educational institutions in Dhaka and its outskirts buy extracurricular books for their libraries mostly from the book fair, according to a number of publishers.
Morshed Alam, publisher at Jatiya Grantha Prokash, observed that institutions often spent almost all of their allocated budget for purchasing extracurricular and academic books from the fair.
He said that books on history, geography, travelogue, biography and general knowledge were among the priority genres for the institutions’ libraries.
Ittadi Grontho Prokash publisher Aditya Antor said that publication houses had been offering up to 10 per cent additional discounts beside their customary 25 per cent concessionary rates, fixed by the fair organisers, to the institutions when they buy large quantity of books.
He, however, lamented that the trend of purchasing books by the institutions was declining every year.
On the sixteenth day of the fair on Thursday, a total of 102 titles hit the stalls with 38 books of poems leading the tally of new arrivals.
Bangla Academy held a discussion on poems of 1970s at its main stage on the academy premises.
Poet Mujibul Haque Kabir presented the keynote at the discussion chaired by poet Ashim Saha.
Today, the academy will organise a music competition from 9:30am for children and teenagers at its main stage.
Two hours, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, will be dedicated to the children.
The academy will also hold a discussion on poems of 1980s at 4:00pm.
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