A visit to the ninth edition of Tirupur Book Fair and literary festival, organised by Pinnal Book Trust and Bharathi Puthakalaya, that got underway here on Wednesday, is a clear indication that era of books are not yet over despite the influence of electronic media in society.
Hundreds of people thronged the fair arena in search of their favourite authors' literary creations on the inaugural day.
As many as 105 stalls have been set up in which publishers and publishing houses from different parts of the country are exhibiting a wide collections of novels, fictions, children's books and educational materials, among others.
The fair will be open to public from 11 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. every day till February 5.
Like in the previous editions, this year too Tamil books dominate the shelves as against the English ones.
But the ‘global' readers need not be disappointed, as this time the organisers have paid attention to display a wide collection of English books.
The works by contemporary authors like Chetan Bhagat, Aravind Adiga and Salman Rushdie as well as some of the ‘ever green' works by writers like R.K. Narayanan fidn their space in the fair.
For travel buffs, there is a feast with books by renowned travel series presenter Michael Palin, and others, on display at the fair.
A stall by Shree Balaji Book Sellers and Distributors, Chennai, stands out from the rest, with it displaying only books penned by foreign writers.
Giving more colours to the varied collection, wildlife photography taken by K. Ravindran and his fellow members from the Natural History Trust are also exhibited.
Literary and political discussions have also been arranged by the organisers every evening. Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment M.S.M. Anandan inaugurated the book exhibition.
The Tirupur Book Fair that began on Wednesday has a good spread of English books