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Bookchor in city of pearls

Bookchor in city of pearls
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Bookchor is one of the leading sellers of pre-owned books in the country and they distribute abroad as well. Started about two years ago, the...

Bookchor is one of the leading sellers of pre-owned books in the country and they distribute abroad as well. Started about two years ago, the organisation curates books in good condition and has a collection of around 90,000 pre-owned books.

The company is conducting the fifth edition of book fair titled ‘Bookchor’s Warehouse Sale’. The three-day fair commenced on June 15 at Vasavi Kalyana Mandapam, Khairatabad, and caters books for people from any age group.

The book aficionados of Hyderabad thronged the expo as one can buy books in three unique boxes such as ‘Odysseus’, ‘Perseus’ and ‘Hercules’, priced at Rs 999, Rs 1,499 and Rs 2,499 respectively.

Odysseus, a light sized box, carries a minimum of eight to 10 books, while ‘Perseus’ and ‘Hercules’ can accommodate 15-17 and 28-30.

A visitor can fill the books in the boxes to the brim and pay the price accordingly. One need not consider discounts on specific titles as the event is even bigger than the sale by the kilogram.

Dwelling on the business, Alok Sharma, Co-founder of the Bookchor, says it enjoys sale margins. “It’s a win-win situation for both readers and us as they get books at a low cost and we have our profits.

I’m very excited to see the crowd. We are estimating that over 35,000 people visit the fair over three days and we have ensured that no one goes back disappointed from here as we will be refilling books on a regular basis,” he added.

The firm’s next destinations for the event are going to be Jaipur, Indore and Chandigarh.Now, the organisers are optimistic about changing gears to do three events a month, making 36 in a year. The firm has 45 employees in all and about 30 volunteers.

The idea of book sale is everyone should read and not bother about the cost. A visitor who mostly reads fiction says that he didn’t find the volumes of his favourite authors, but was not disappointed as he found new collections, which he would love to read.

A software professional working for a start-up is excited to get many books for just Rs 999. He said, ‘‘It’s not that all books are old. There are new books too. Even the old ones look almost new as they are well maintained.’’

Fingas from Mizoram, said, “It is good, but not the best I am disappointed as I do not find my favourite books. It would have been much better if books are segregated according to the genre.” An avid reader at the fair said that to find the best books one should start shopping early.

By: Naveen Yandapalli

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