Via PrintWeek India
The 38th Chennai Book Fair will be held for 13 days from 9 – 21 January and will have 750 stalls and 350 publishers at the YMCA college of physical education, Nandanam.
This year, the fair will feature over 30,000 new titles in English and Tamil at 750 stalls. The fair will be open between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on January 12, 13, 19, 20 and 21 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on other days.
This year’s book fair is also showcasing Braille books and has added features like online shopping during the fair, etc.
In a first of its kind initiative to make it more inclusive, the Chennai Book Fair will offer Braille editions of a limited number of books. The organisers have spoken to publishers to make some of their books available in Braille.
“We have spoken to the publishers at the Chennai Book Fair to give some of their books for Braille editions. Also, we have identified a service provider to convert books into Braille. So, after a customer selects a book, the service provider will convert it into Braille,” said K S Pugalendi, secretary of Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India.
In a bid to promote online sales of the Chennai Book Fair, the organisers have announced freebies, including free delivery and special discounts. The organisers are also looking at extending the delivery options to various countries, including Sri Lanka, Singapore and UK to target the Tamil Diaspora.