Poor response of readers disappoints booksellers

No takers

Most of the shopkeepers had neatly arranged the books to book to attract book lovers were unsuccessful in their attempts to sell the books and returned empty handed.

Shanthakumari, a book vendor, who had come from Bangalore, said Hassan district has been the cradle of literature but, it was surprising that not many were interested to buy books to encourage writers.

She told Deccan Herald that she had done very good business in Belgaum and came to Hassan with a fond hope of making at least a moderate business. But she was disappointed with the response of local people. She had been able to sell books worth  ` 600 in two days. Though titles written by great authors, who had earned reputation in the literature field, were displayed, people bought comics and low priced books. But the stalls that made brisk business were household items, snacks and food items. The vendors from Davangere and Uttara Karnataka made a roaring business by earning ` 7,000 daily.

The crowds were only seen near shops selling sandige, rotti, happala, chutneypudi, pickles and other homemade products. Some were even complaining of the cricket fever and ongoing PU examinations that hit the sales of books.

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