Roaring sales at book expo

KATHMANDU: The 13th education and career expo 2009 has been a boon for publishers. Books are selling like hot cakes and publishers are a happy lot.

According to different publication houses, average sales per day is around Rs 40,000 to 45,000. “We averaging sales of about Rs 40,000 per day,” said M C Pandey of Himalaya Publishing House Pvt Ltd.

Till today, the fourth day of the expo, over 75,000 students as well as book lovers have visited the expo. “Our experience of 13 years has proved sucessful in meeting the demands students and book lovers,” said Global Expedition and Management Services Pvt Ltd manager Keshab Khatri.

Along with Nepali publication houses, there is active participation of Indian publication houses. S Chand, Vishva Books, Taxmann Publication are some of the Indian publication houses. Not to forget that Nepal-India Library stall is the highlight of the event. “The objective of keeping the Nepal-India Library stall is to promote Indian books in the Nepali market,” said Embassy of India library attendant Paritosh Meiti.

Apart from 59 book stalls, the other stalls are occupied by overseas educational consultancies, various language and computer institutes and colleges. “Most of the students are choosing abroad studies programmes in order to attain international standard qualifications,” said Global education Counselling Centre Pvt Ltd chief executive officer Rajesh Chapagain.

Khatri advised, “Nepali students should give priority to Nepali colleges as these are equally competitive in providing quality education.” He added that on one hand Nepali currency while is flowing overseas, on the other Nepali youths and intellectuals too are shifting abroad. he called for thinking more about the country, rather than just following a trend.

“It’s okay to choose overseas educational destinations. Yet, at the same time it is equally important to utilize that knowledge to uplift the education standards of our own country.” said a visiting student Pradip Giri of Classic Academy.

There are 147 stalls comprising different educational institutions as well as publication houses in the nine-day expo. According to the organisers, the targeted number of visitors during the nine days event is 1,50,000. “The record of the four days is satisfying. We are hopeful that we will cross the targetted number of visitors,” said Khatri.