Book expo rakes in big-time lolly

KATHMANDU: The fifth day of the 13th education expo ended on a smash-hit note with splendid business of around Rs 6.5 million. “The event has proved sucessful on both the business and educational fronts,” said event organiser Keshav Khatri.

The last three days will be highlighted in the event as ‘Nepal science exibition and competion’ where many colleges will participate to display current technologies and various scientic aspects. “For the science exibition, we will provide stalls for free,” said Khatri. He added that the additional event for the last three days will basically focus on creating awareness among people regarding scientific issues.

As for from the business point of view, most of the stall owners had mixed reactions. Some of the stalls had outstanding transaction whereas others had average. Pairavi Prakashan marketing executive Durga Sitaula said, “We had a total business of Rs 20,000 per day, which was just average.” On the other hand, the sales manager of Indian publication S Chand complained, “Business was not so good, the only reason we are here is to promote Indian books in the Nepali market.” Most of the books sold were course books and some novels along with daily use books.

The total number of visitors till the fifth day was above 80,000. The targeted total number of visitors is about 11.5 million. “We are happy with the number of visitors, it has been beyond our expectations,” said Khatri. The sponsors of the event are Padmashree Group of institutions, Informatic College, Ekta Books, Worldlink Communication and Himalayan Infosys.