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Technology hasn’t taken charm off printed books

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Poet Manambur Rajanbabu speaks at a poets’ meet at the DC International Book Fest in Kozhikode on Wednesday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
Poet Manambur Rajanbabu speaks at a poets’ meet at the DC International Book Fest in Kozhikode on Wednesday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

The growing number of books being publishedand the increasing number of book festivals in different parts of the world are proof enough for the fact that books in print form will never die, poet and publisher of over 30-year-old inland magazine Innu Manambur Rajanbabu has said.

He was speaking at a cultural festival and book releasing ceremony in connection with the 20{+t}{+h}DC International Book Fair here. “Marshall McLuhan, who prophesied a few decades ago that books will soon lose out to television should have been alive to witness this,” said the poet, who presided over the book releasing ceremony at the Arayidathupalam Grounds here. Mr. Rajanbabu urged the writers to ensure that they got their books published in the form of books even while making use of all the possibilities of e-publishing.

Nine new poetry collections of Malayalam poets were released at the function. They included Veerankuttiyude Kavithakal by Veeran Kutty, Ravorma of Divakaran Vishnumangalam, Moonnam Nilayile Ezham Number Muri by Pavitran Theekuni, Mukalparappile Meenukal by Sathyachandran Poyilkavu and Unmadikkoru Poovu by Kani Mol. Some of the poets whose works were released, read selected poems from their collection.

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