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Amar Ekushey Book Fair: Awaiting bookworms

This year the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) has set up a stall for the first time in its history, claimed their sales executive

Update : 04 Feb 2020, 12:06 AM

On the second day of the Amar Ekushey book fair, almost all the stalls are ready to welcome book lovers.  A few publishers are still taking last minute preparations decorating their stalls. 

This year the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) has set up a stall for the first time in its history, claimed their sales executive. DUCSU’s internal publications and books written by other DU students are available at the stall in the Bangla Academy premises.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, elder daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, unveiled the cover of Bangabandhu’s third book titled “Amar Dekha Naya Chin” (The New China as Seen by Me) on Sunday.

It has been published by Bangla Academy. At 3:45pm on Monday a sales executive at the stall of the Bangabandhu Foundation said six copies of the book had already been sold after the opening of the fair at 3pm.

Visitors at a stall in the book fair on Monday, February 3, 2020 | Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

A third year student of DU, Rakibul Hasan, said: “I like reading thriller books and that is what I am looking for. I am easily moving from one shop to another as the fair grounds are spacious and free of crowds today.”

Md Zoinal Abedin, sales executive of Anannya Prokashoni, said: “Not many people showed up today as it is only the second day of the fair, but we are expecting to make a record turn-over compared to previous fairs.”

“We are fully prepared to tackle rain or thunderstorms this time,” he added.

On the second day of the fair, Microtech Interactive set up its stall with the intention of attracting children in a unique way by using 3D learning.

A mobile-based application named ‘bino’ is ready to help users to visualize learning techniques after scanning the pages of books. Currently bino is helping children learn the alphabets of Bangla, English and Arabic through using their books.

Md Jakir Hossain Jony, sales executive of Microtech Interactive, said: “We have already published seven books, while books on the inception of the earth, the history of the liberation war and the role of fire fighters will be launched soon.”

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