Book fair attracts over 65,000 visitors

Wani Roslan

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the annual Brunei Book Fair on the fair’s last day at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas yesterday. The Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) as the organiser of the fair shared that the book fair recorded over 65,000 visitors in the 10 days of the carnival which began on February 28.

According to the DBP, this year’s book fair received an overwhelming public response, and many books published by DBP were sold especially those with discounts of up to 70 per cent.

One participant was Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) which participates annually, selling academic books in various fields published by the university.

Senior Publisher of UNISSA’s Research and Publication Centre Julia binti Radin said, “Among the books bought included topics on economic and business.

“The best-selling books were Management and Administration, and Maqashid Syariah.”

She noted UNISSA’s participation in the book fair aimed to promote books published by UNISSA, give visitors an opportunity to buy books at special prices and offer book packages available only during the festival.

Visitors on the last day of the Brunei Book Fair 2020 yesterday. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

Sales Manager from Choice Books Basheer said they received a good crowd, especially students. Among the best-selling books were comics, books written by children as well as Jawi books.

Alhamdulillah, the book fair is held annually where people look for a variety of books, and we give them better prices throughout the festival,” he said.

Visitor Harun bin Othman said the fair acted as a one-stop centre where the public can find any book at one place.

“This is our second time here, and I found that it is good to organise such a fair where we can focus on buying books.

“If we could not find the book that we’re looking for, we can still search for it at other booths,”

he said. Amal Masyitah binti Serugi who came to the fair for the first time, together with her siblings and parents, expressed her excitement to see several kinds of book that she is interested in.

“Here, I can find my favourite books and mostly under the Islamic section such as Tafsir, and books related to subjects in school,” she said.

The Brunei Book Fair aimed to instil a love in reading among the community, particularly the youth, and it is a long-term investment in building and developing the nation.