Chennai, Jan 12 (): The 36th Chennai Book Fair was inaugurated at YMCA Physical Education College Ground, Nandanam on Friday, January 11, 2013.
School education minister N R Sivapathi inaugurated the book fair in the presence of minister for information and special project implementation K T Rajendra Balaji and Chennai mayor Saidai S Duraisamy.
This year Chennai Book Fair would have 747 stalls in 180,000 sq ft area, with 450 participants with more than 10 lakh titles and one crore books. The 450 participants include 250 Tamil publishers, 127 English publishers and 37 media organizations. The exhibition is a 13-day event from January 11 to January 23 at the YMCA Ground in Nandanam.
Shanmugam, president of Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) said tickets will be priced at Rs 5 and entry for schoolchildren at junior levels will be free. BAPASI has announced a discount of 10% on all books. To promote reading among children and young adults, it has also distributed more than five lakh free tickets to school and college students, Shanmugam said.
The prices of books range from Rs 5 to Rs 50,000, said sources, adding the publications are in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and English.
Apart from selling books, the fair has a wide range of events, ranging from a drawing competition to cultural events adding fun to the fair. Bapasi has planned for debates and discussions on all days at 6 pm, for which the organisation has invited eminent speakers and leaders to address visitors.
Further, RBI has put a stall to create awareness about banking facilities and to sensitise people about fake currency notes.
Facility of mineral water, installation of an ATM machine by CitiBank at the venue and a digital board for the convenience of visitors, which will display each publisher’s catalogue are the new facilities introduced this year.
A food court with beverage, ice cream and dry fruit stalls are also set up at the venue, officials said.
Bapasi general secretary S Vairavan said that this year’s book fair is bigger, with Bapasi setting up 747 stalls, compared to the 640 it had set last year. He added the book fair would attract more than 10 lakh visitors this year.
While a few publishers are still setting up their stalls, many had already registered impressive sales. On weekdays, the fair will function from 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm and on weekends from 11 am to 9 pm.