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Chennai Book Fair will be coming virtually

on Jan 24, 2022

The Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) will be beginning work on a virtual book fair once the current year's actual occasion finishes up.

Because of the flood in COVID-19 cases in Chennai, BAPASI needed to defer its yearly book fair that was planned to be held from January 6 to 23 at YMCA Grounds, Nandanam.

"Last like year, we have missed the January date for the fair however we are sure that the occasion will occur once the COVID-19 circumstance works on in Chennai, might be in March," said SK Murugan, secretary, BAPASI.

This certainty comes from the way that over 80% of the foundation for the occasion is prepared. "Work on the main pavilion, which is spread across 3 lakh sq ft to accommodate 800 stalls, is over. This apart, the washrooms, stage for events where the guests will be participating are ready," says Murugan. Having spent lakhs on the occasion, the book fair won't be a failure, he said.
Murugan said its members met on January 21 to talk about the foundation of an extremely durable book shop at the Connemara Public Library. "The State government has allotted 5,000 sqft at the library, which will serve as a space for us to start working on the virtual book fair," said Murugan.

As the entirety of its individuals are not carefully adroit, BAPASI plans to situate them on recent fads in innovation. First and foremost, fronts of the books and a couple of opening pages will be scanned and uploaded, he said. This will offer purchasers a selection of books. "We have some 150 publishers as members and an the online platform, we will give them more exposure of what they have in stock," said Murugan. He said that a significant piece of the business related to foundation of the virtual shop is finished. The elements of the product are being tested.

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