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Book Street in HCMC attracts huge crowd

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Book Street in HCMC attracts huge crowd

Bao Uyen

Visitors are seen browsing for books at Autumn Bookshop on Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in downtown HCMC - PHOTO: NGUYEN QUY

The number of book lovers visiting Nguyen Van Binh Book Street in District 1, HCMC soared in the first half of 2017.

According to the Southern Representative Office of the Vietnam Publishers Association, there were 5,000-6,000 visitors coming to the Book Street on any weekday. At weekends or on special occasions, the number of visitors rose to 10,000 a day.

In the first six months of 2017, the Book Street attracted more than 1.2 million visitors, a sharp increase compared to 2016 with an average number of 4,000-4,500 visitors a day and 1.5 million visitors in the whole year.

Le Hoang, director of the Southern Representative Office of the Vietnam Publishers Association, said book sales have increased significantly. In the first quarter of 2017 alone, the Book Street gained revenue of about VND11 billion (about US$485,000), equal to the revenue of the whole second half of 2016.

Along with Vietnamese readers, the Book Street has lured a large number of foreign visitors. However, according to the HCMC Book Street Company Limited, there are just a few booths selling foreign language books. Therefore, book publishers should select appropriate Vietnamese books and translate them into foreign languages to serve foreign readers.

Besides, the company has made the Book Street more attractive and spacious by adding more green spaces and rearranging the booths.

To meet the high demand of readers, the HCMC Department of Information and Communications has plans to open more book streets in the city, with each able to cater to the citizenry of two or three districts.

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