The annual Mega book fair organized by Booksellers and Publishers association of South India (BAPASI) started on Yesterday(6-7-2017) in Chennai. M. Pandiarajan, the Minister for School Education, Tamilnadu, inaugurated the Book Fair. The fair is conducted at St. George Anglo-Indian Higher secondary School grounds till 19th of this month.
This massive fair is conducted at the Makeshift tent built at an area of 2lakh Square feets, with more than 700 stalls. Around one million books authored by thousands of authors are there for sale.
Inauguratiing the Fair, Pandiarajan, the Minister for school education said,’’ This is the fortieth year for the BAPASI’s book fair. The last year sales at the book fair were around fifteen crores. The or expected that this year the sale will be around 20 crores. The government will be a good support to the fairls like this. Events like this throw light on talented writers’’. Every day, special events in which famous writers and intellectuals participate are conducted in the fair.
After the Demonetization, the fear of the book sellers is about its effect on the book sales. The organizers have taken steps for conducting sales in digital form. Right from buying entry tickets and buying books many has taken steps to manage the cashless situation.
Karthik of sixthsense publications said that they have started using swipe machines long back. “For this fair, apart from swiping machines we have gone for paytm and UPI transactions. The BAPASI is also issuing tokens for two thousand Rupees to the visitors. Instead of money, they can use these tokens and buy books. There is also an ATM has been opened by City Union Bank in the fair premises’’ said Karthik.
Goudhaman , a director of Andhimazhai Publications who has participated in the book fair said that they have arranged for swipe machines and Paytm transactions in their stall ‘’ We expect the buyers to use their cards and other digital modes to pay’’ he said. It is expected that this book fair will see a lot of digital transactions.
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