$5m book sales and 5m visitors already, and still India’s book fairs line up. The 37th Agartala Book Fair is underway

East India’s second biggest book fair after Kolkata is underway in Tripura as the India love affair with books continues.

As reported here a few days ago, already over 5 million people have visited Indian book fairs this year, spending the USD equivalent of over $5 million, and there’s no sign the appetite for books in anywhere near sated.

Over 5 million visitors spend over $5 million at India’s 2019 book fairs. And we’re only halfway through February

Opened by Tripura Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, the twelve-day book fair  is one of many planned for the region this year. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the state government was keen to organise book fairs at the district, sub-divisional and block levels.

Book sellers and publishers from Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati besides Tripura are taking part in this year’s book fair along with exhibitors from neighbouring Bangladesh.

Usually the fair kicks off with a big entertainment show, but this year began with a minute’s silence to respect the victims of the JeM terrorist attacks on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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