Sports books not in demand at the World Book Fair
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Last Updated: Friday, February 05, 2010, 18:36
New Delhi: With Commonwealth Games round the corner, sports may be theme of the ongoing World Book Fair here but there seems to be very few takers of such literary works.

At the biennial event, which draws to a close this Sunday, book sellers rued that 2010 CWG has hardly made any difference in sales of sports books.

"Games or no games, our sales of books remains the same. There is no extraordinary surge in sales due to the Commonwealth Games. We have rather received a good response in Frankfurt and Lahore Book Fair," Vivek Thani of 'Khel Sahitya Kendra' told reporters.

Though the theme of this edition's event is 'Reading our Commonwealth: An International Rights Exhibition of Books on Sports', hardly any stall have mentioned about the October 3-14 mega-event except for the pocket book series seen at the entrance of Diamond publishers.

Keeping in mind the Delhi Games, the theme pavilion displayed 700 titles of around 75 publishers from across the country on different genres of sports.

Thani said people from the fraternity have advised then to venture into publishing other kinds of books as well.

"The books related to yoga, sports psychology and injuries have been able to attract some interest this year. Also physical education books are in demand from school libraries," he said.

A representative of a leading publishing house at the event, deemed to be the biggest book fair in the Afro-Asian region, said, "Not a single reader so far have queried for a book related to sports. We have earlier released books on events like ICC World Cup, but response was not encouraging."

"We have a few titles on biographies of personalities like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, but there is no demand for sports related, even as the Games is nearing. We are not even considering to publish such titles," a representative of Penguin Books India said.


First Published: Friday, February 05, 2010, 18:36

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