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Nepali readers impress Int’l Publishers

AUG 14 - The 14th Nepal Education and Book Fair 2010 which started on Aug.6, has ended successfully on Saturday at Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall. More than two dozens of national and international booksellers and publishers participated in the event.

This time the exhibition was organised, after being postponed due to the Maoist strike in May. Despite the postponement, the event saw equally enthusiastic response of Nepali book lovers. “Though we expected a drop in the visitors, there was a constant flow of people and book sales were also very satisfactory,” said R.C. Timothy, Managing Director of Ekta Books.

The bestselling fiction authors were Stephanie Meyer, Paulo Coelho, Chetan Bhagat, Nicholas Sparks and Dan Brown. Meanwhile, books on Research Methodology, Mass Communication and Media Studies dominated the sales. Besides, publishers like Bhrikuti Academic Publications used the exhibition to promote books on specific subjects like Law, Computer Science, etc. 

Seasons of flight by Manjushree Thapa and Buddha’s Orphans by Samrat Upadhyay also sold very well. “This is a strong encouragement to the Nepali authors writing in English,” said Madhav Lal Maharjan of Mandala Book Point. Books on Nepal like Unleashing Nepal by Sujeev Shakya and Nepal: Strategy for Survival by Leo E. Rose also sold very well.This year the event saw participation from many renowned international publishers like Penguin,  Mcgraw Hill, Sage and Hachette. “The participation of these publishers shows the importance attached to the Nepali readership and also the privileges we have been presented.”

Munish Verma of Sage Publications was very satisfied with the exhibition this time. “We had readers coming from all over Nepal; Pokhara, Biratnagar and Chitwan. I think the government should make the books more affordable to the  readers in Nepal,” said Verma.

Posted on: 2010-08-15 08:16

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