The curtain of the month-long Ekushey Book Fair has come down with thousands of book lovers cramming into the fair on Tuesday.
The total sale of books has increased by Tk 24 crore than the previous year, which is the highest in the country’s history.
The fair had a turnover of Tk 65.40 crore in 2017 while it was Tk 40.50 lakh in 2016, Tk 21.95 crore in 2015 and Tk 16 crore in 2014, according to the information centre of Bangla Academy.
A total of 3,646 new titles hit the fair this year. 1122 books on poems led the tally followed by 576 novels, 520 books of short stories, 168 books on essays, 118 juvenile books and 87 research-based books.
Several book enthusiasts said the heightened security and absence of political turmoil this year made them feel at ease, but many found it difficult to find the stalls and pavilions of their choice.
Fair committee member secretary Jalal Ahmed said this year 667 stalls have been allotted to 411 organizations at Suhrawardy Udyan and Bangla Academy premises.
A total of 409 publishing houses, government, non-government and autonomous and socio-cultural organisations participated in the fair.
Besides, 15 pavilions have been allocated to 14 publishing houses, including Bangla Academy.
Of the total stalls, 549 have been allocated to 329 publishing houses at Suhrawardy Udyan and the remaining ones to 80 publishing houses on Bangla Academy premises.
Jalal Ahmed said they have some limitation, but they will try to improve it and arrange the fair more beautifully next year.
Some books topped the bestseller chart at the fair this year.
Organizational history of Bangladesh Chhatra League “Andolon Songrame Bangladesh Chhatra League” by SM Jakir Hossain and “Chhatra Leaguer Etihas Bangladesher Etihas” by Saifur Rahman Sohag were the best choice of people.
“Ritin”, a science fiction and “Abaro Tuntuni O Abaro Chotokaku” by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal has also been the best choice of people.
“Sesh Chithi” by Ayesha Foyez and “Sohoj Calculus” by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal were also selling like hot cake.
Rakib Hasan’s two new detective books – Kishor Musa Robin Vampire and Kishor Musa Robin Sagortole – were in great demand.
“Michir Ali Dosh”, a collection of novels by Humayun Ahmed, “Rochona Somogro” by Obaidul Quader, “Pop Ganer Sekal Ekal” by Fakir Alamgir, “The boss is always right” by Anisul Haque, “Tumi Khub Valo Meye” by Imdadul Huq Milon and “Ogni Konna” by Mostafa Kamal were also selling well.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on February 1..