In a initial-of-its-type facility, organisers of the book fair have listed all the 523,000 titles accessible on the internet for these interested to verify for availability just before deciding to pay a visit to the venue. Yousef bin Ibrahim al Balushi, an official in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and director of Muscat International Book Fair, mentioned, “We have created it simpler this time for book lovers who throng the fair. More than 523,000 titles from 30 nations are accessible in this edition of the fair.
“If you wish to know whether your favourite authors or books are available, you can check the website of the book fair (https://www.mctbookfair.gov.om/en/search-individual/). We have put the entire list of titles online.”
The book fair is a ten-day occasion beginning on Thursday exactly where writers will interact with guests.
“With this facility, one can look for specific books and authors as well as scroll through all that is available at the fair. Not just that, it has information on the location of the stall at the venue where it is available and the price. So visitors can go prepared. They just pay and get their book. There is a big crowd at the fair; we try and make things easier for visitors and book lovers. This is one such attempt.”
The book fair contains cultural programmes, children’s activities and an array of customised corners for neighborhood initiatives.
The fair will be open from 10am to 10pm, operating each and every day till March two. On Fridays, it will stay open from 4pm to 10pm. Some days are allocated for students – February 21, 25 and 27 are allotted for male college youngsters from 10am to 2pm female college students can pay a visit to on February 24, 26 and 28 from 10am to 2pm.
A total of 122 bookstores and publishing homes from the sultanate are participating, 154 from Egypt, 81 from Lebanon, 74 from Syria, 49 from Jordan, 42 from UAE, 32 from Kuwait, 19 from Saudi Arabia, six from UK, 5 from Qatar, 4 from Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey and Bulgaria, 3 from Bahrain, Iran and Morocco, and two from Palestine and China each and every. Italy, Libya, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Brunei, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be represented by a single publishing home each and every.
Information Source: Muscat Daily