With their colourful illustrations and striking cover, ‘Cindrella’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ mesmerised 10-year-old Adarsh. With a crumpled `50 note in hand, he was busy bargaining with the seller of the stall.
So confused was little Adarsh seeing the whole lot of books on display at the 19th International Book Fest conducted by DC Books at Marine Drive that he didn’t know which one to buy. The book fest that began on November 1 offers a wide range of books, including classics, fiction, spiritual, academic and self help. The constant allegation that the more people are drifting away from books hold no substance once you step into the book fest. “Multi-edition encyclopedias may have less takers but specialised and subject-related encyclopedia are still in demand,” says Jaison P Mathew, regional manager, DC Books.
Most of them visit stalls searching for specific titles and authors.
According to the organizers, it is still popular fiction, including the works of Chetan Bhagath, Amish and Ravindra Singh, that have much takers. “Such book are best sellers here too,” they add.For most visitors, it comes as a surprise that ‘Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘Percy Jackson Series’, ‘P.S I Love You’, ‘The Notebook’, ‘A Walk to Remember’ were indeed books. “They knew these are popular telly shows. They identify easily to these books and waste no time in buying those,” said Abhilash, a volunteer at a stall.
However, classics have not yet lost its charm amidst the avalanche of new young writers. Jane Austen, Mark Twain and Shakespeare are still worshipped by a serious reader. The illustrated and abridged version of ‘The Tempest’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Oliver Twist’ capture the attention of young readers and sell like hot cakes. Business and management, self help and guidance books are also in demand.Malayalam Translations of Khalil Gibran and Paulo Coelho and an Autobiography of a Yogi also features on the best seller list. The books by K N Shaji - Shaappu Paatukal, Shaappu Currikal and Shaappu Kadhakal - have turned popular despite them not releasing yet on general market. The fest also featured a collection of the Hindi translation of few best sellers, including Harry Potter series.