Special Correspondent

Good response to book exhibition elates publisher

Increase in demand for science fiction and general knowledge booksComputer science-related books as also fiction finding favour with readers

MYSORE: All those who lamented the death of the printed word and the reading habit with the advent of the Internet and 24-hour entertainment channels can take heart now. For, the doomsday scenario predicted has turned out to be a false alarm.

The sale of books and the growing popularity of classics are proof that some things will never go out of practise, the reading habit among the discerning being one of them.

Proof, if any, is in the response to the book exhibition being conducted by Navakarnataka Publications at Nanjaraja Bahudur Choultry, where over one lakh titles are on display. From art and culture to agriculture, yoga and philosophy to science and humanities, fiction and self-improvement books or those huge unabridged dictionaries some of us love to display in our showcase... the list is endless. What is more, new titles are added every day to cater for the demand of the public.

Satyanarayana of Navakarnataka Publications told The Hindu that there has been an increase in the demand for science fiction and general knowledge books, which is an indication that the new generation of readers are keen to widen their horizons. The other popular genres finding favour with people are computer science-related books as also fiction, including Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, which are among the fast moving books. Among Kannada authors, there is a perennial demand for the works of Kuvempu, S.L. Bhyrappa, Shivaram Karanth and Poornachandra Tejaswi.

This feedback from a publishing house that conducts book exhibition in the city regularly should set at rest the notion that people are being weaned away from books.

The book exhibition is on till February 10.