Publishers unhappy with sales in Book Fair

DHAKA: Some publishers have expressed their frustration over low sales of books in the Ekushey Book Fair this year. , even, prominent writers are not happy with new comers, reports UNB.
Most publishers said that they don’t understand why readers are not buying books.
M Mijanur Rahman, proprietor of Shova publications said “I have talked with other publishers and they said me that books are not selling that much this year.”
He blamed the increased use of Internet and lack of good writers for reduced sales of books.
“Good writers are the heart of a book fair but nowadays we are not seeing good writers like Humayun Ahmed. This is why readers are not interested to buy books,” he said, adding that we have to wait for good writers.
Famous writer Imdadul Haq Milon, also editor of Daily Kaler Kantho, said maximum books of new writers are just unreadable and below standard.
They are writing books without reading a lot and have no deep observation about any topic, and they are emphasizing advertising their books but they are not thinking about standards, he said.
Readers will not read their books and this type of books are harmful to new comers, Milon said
Aminul Islam Bhuiyan, a writer who has translated all the works of Greek philosopher Plato, said “We are an emotional nation and that’s why maximum of new writers’ books are on love, poem, novels or short stories but they are now thinking about deep research and philosophy which is really bad thing for the nation.”
On the other hand, new writers said prominent writers are not giving the right direction and there is lack of proper literary criticism of new books.
Raihan Raju, new writer who translated a book titled “How Pakistan violated human rights in Bangladesh” said “it’s a positive sign that there are lots of new writers like me but their standards are not that good but I take it positively because I think one day they will improve.”
Some 92 new books came in the fair on Sunday. A total of 3304 books came in the book fair till Sunday this year, with one day left.