National book fair draws generations of readers to its nearly 1,000 booths

Around Thailand March 30, 2018 15:44

By Photo and story by Anant Chantarasoot
The Nation

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The atmosphere continued to buzz at the 46th National Book Fair and 16th Bangkok International Book Fair 2018 held at Queen Sirikit Convention Centre on Friday as a throng of youths and older readers checked out and bought books.

Reprints of the first Thai textbook “Jindamanee” continued to sell like hotcakes, thanks to the popularity of TV soap “Buppesannivas” (“Love Destiny”) which features the textbook in its programme because the author had lived in that period of King Narai’s (1656 to 1688) reign.

Organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (PUBAT), the fair – aiming to encourage Thais to read more – will run through April 8. It features 945 book-selling booths by over 400 publishing houses from 16 countries. Fair highlights include a multitude of book launches, hi-tech multimedia e-book presentations and graphic design exhibitions.

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