Pakistan News & Features Services
The recently concluded 27th edition of the Lahore International Book Fair, staged at the Expo Centre in Lahore from February 14 to 18, has been described as a moderately successful event.
A large number of people, including students, teachers and professionals, visited the five-day event organized by the Lahore International Book Fair Trust (LIBFT) but the stallholders felt that the event drew smaller crowd than the previous years.
“People have shown their interest in Indian books, but the number of visitors is lower than the past years,” Random Publication India’s Export Manager, P N Kala, was quoted as saying.
He added that globalisation had changed people’s interest and now people preferred collecting information from the internet rather than books. He, however, reckoned that a huge crowd of real book lovers still existed, who read books on the internet besides keeping its hard copy.
Naveen Saini of Macmillan Publishers India also felt that the number of visitors in the LIBF 2013 were on the lower side.
One of the reasons of the smaller turnout was believed to be the non-participation of the Punjab Textbook Board. “Last year, as many as 50,000 children from schools came and liked the activities organised in partnership with the PTB,” Zubair Saeed, Chairman, LIBFT, conceded.