Books, books everywhere

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It is not clear why all these people visit the fair on the two days it is open to the general public. They cannot buy titles (the books are for exhibition only, for trading publishing rights), the queues at food counters are inordinately long, and there aren’t any entertainment stalls either.  Yet thousands descend on the fair grounds on these two days, walk about, endure the crowd, and return with little more than impressions.



7 thoughts on “Books, books everywhere

  1. In India, your quest would not be difficult. Actually, anywhere in the world, your quest would not be difficult. Just go to a bookshop and browse, there are so many more writers than you’ve heard of.

    Sined,

    Just got something like 40 new books (new to me). MOST excited.

    1. The emphasis on that last sentence was unintended, Bunny. So the point was not that it is difficult to find such books, but that such books are not “shown” to us by mainstream media. Mostly.

      You are an exception, of course!

  2. Interesting points Parmanu. And though I agree with Bunny to an extent you are right. We browse and buy but I wonder if known names and titles play at the back of our minds unconsciously. Unfortunately, tweets and FB posts about books/movies etc encourage a lot of herd mentality.

  3. Btw, you can’t buy at the Frankfurt bookfair, but you can pick up books when it closes. The publishers who display there don’t take their samples back, so they’re free for all. Just heard this from a writer I know who was invited there.

    1. Yes, on the last day you can negotiate at some – not all – stalls, and if you are lucky you can carry something back. I still haven’t figured out the magic formula, though.

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