Publishers and book sellers at Amar Ekushy Book Fair in Dhaka passed Friday with very thin presence of visitors though usually on the last public holiday just before the closure of the fair sales peak and traders do a brisk business every year.
Though the publishers and book sellers expected better sales on the day like the previous years, the sales and visitors turnout were very low amid the government imposed restrictions on public movement and gathering to thwart COVID-19.
The fair venue was opened for visitors at 12:00pm but, in next two hours only a few visitors were seen roaming around the fair compound.
A good number of visitors started gathering after 4:00pm while venues were closed for visitors at 4:30pm.
Publishers said that they had expected better sales on the day, but the fair drew only a few visitors as they had rejected the fair because of the frequent changes in fair hours.
AKM Tariqul Islam Roni, owner of publishing house Tamralipi, said, ‘Our sales are poor comparing to the sales in past four days. You can hardly see any visitor. We are not comparing the last Friday with the past years, but the day became worse than our expectations.’
Jakir Hossain Rajib, manager at Prothoma Prakashani, said, ‘We expected better sales today but the sales were poor. We are very ashamed to share the sales amount with you because that is tiny.’
Alamgir Aronno, manager at Puthiniloy, said, ‘We opened our venue at 12:00pm. We expected a good day for us but we sold book worth only Tk 350 till 4:00pm.’
‘We sold book of Tk 6,000 on Thursday, Tk 2000 on Wednesday and Tk 4,000 on Tuesday. We cannot even sell books of Tk 1 lakh at the fair but we sold book of Tk 1.5 lakh on last Friday in 2020,’ Alamgir added.
Shahin Sikder, a staff at publishing house Mowla Brothers, said, ‘We are hopeful that the day would better for us. As we are a big organisation, our cost is more than others’.
Mohammad Niloy, employee at Dhaka Bank said, ‘I came at the fair as it is holiday. I made a list for buying books last Friday. I bought 15 books today and most of them are business related. I also bought some books on politics and history.’
A total of 88 new books were launched on Friday and the total number of new arrivals reached 2,421 so far on the twenty third of fair to be end on April 14.
The fair began on March 18.
Title - Author - Type - Publishing house
Bangladeshe Budget: Orthaniti O Rajniti - Akbar Ali Khan - Research - Prothoma Prakashan
Underground - Mashrur Arefin - Novel - Kathaprakash
Muktijuddhe Narir Abadan Jantrana - Selima Chowdhury - Research - Mowla Brothers
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