Curtains come down on 'a truly international fair'
People check out books on discounted rates on the last day of the 36th Sharjah International Book Fair. - Photo by M. Sajjad
Sharjah - This was one of the busiest years at SIBF, with fiction books selling out the most
By Dhanusha Gokulan
Published: Sat 11 Nov 2017, 8:20 PM
Last updated: Sat 11 Nov 2017, 10:26 PM
As the 36th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair came to an end on Saturday, book lovers, young and old, made a beeline to the fair to take advantage of discounted prices on limited edition titles. The most-sought after literary event in Sharjah saw several thousand shoppers taking advantage of books priced at less that Dh10.
For publishers, this edition was exceptionally good as the spending power of people was much better as compared to previous years, and children's books were extremely popular at the fair.
A regular attendee of SIBF, Indu Varanasi, an Indian, said: "The Sharjah Book Fair is a great platform in terms of content, and the sessions at the fair are great as well. However, it'd be great if they start streaming the sessions online because for residents living in Dubai, driving all the way to Sharjah every day is a bit of a hassle."
Earl Cornista, an employee of Magrudy's Books, said: "This has been a great year at the fair, especially since we get to meet other publishers. It's a truly international fair. People have been buying all kinds of books and titles, however, fiction books were the most popular this year." Magrudy's was selling well-known fiction titles for less than Dh50. "Children's books remained the most popular item of sale," he said.
Idris Mears, Alserkal Cultural Foundation said: "The fair was great this year. I think the buying capacity of people is really good, and the stall location really helped us exhibit books in a great way. We were giving books at a 30 to 35 per cent discount, and all kinds of titles were popular among book lovers," he said. The most popular days were Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, Simon Thomas, the managing director of Innovation Books said: "This was one of the busiest years at SIBF. People are well-aware of different titles and our biggest customers were definitely young children."