Struggling publishing industry gets a shot of hope as book lovers flock to expo

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The expo organizer, Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand, expects the event to generate about 300 million baht in revenue from book sales.

The association pointed out that books are always important for people, especially for the development of children.

Here’s the mood for the event, which runs until October 23.

Several book lovers had lined up at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok as early as 6 a.m., eagerly awaiting the doors of Book Expo Thailand to open at 10 a.m.
When the doors opened, people rushed into the convention center.

More than 100 kiosks have been set up to accommodate book lovers, but the most popular are comic books and novels which constantly attract the attention of young people.

The majority of visitors said they came to buy limited-edition comics and novels, saying they would have to pay higher amounts for books resold outside.

A fourth-year Chiang Mai University student, Kunakorn Paratthajariyawong, says physical books are still important for the brain, even though electronic versions are available.

“It is. Books can entertain us. Even though e-books are now available, I still prefer to read printed books.” Said Kunakorn Paratthajariyawong

Struggling publishing industry gets a shot of hope as book lovers flock to expo

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