Bookworms want wider selection

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SOME visitors to the Brunei Book Fair and Empowering Reading Culture Carnival 2016 have suggested a wider range of books be made available in the next edition.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, Chen Wee Nien, a visitor at the book fair at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex’s multipurpose hall, said that although many stalls have Islamic and literature books, it will be good if ‘self-help’ books and science fiction are featured at the book fair in the future.

“I came here to get sci-fi books but the books here are quite limited,” Chen said.

Organised by the Language and Literature Bureau, the fair features more than 90 book stalls from local and international agencies.

Another visitor, Siti Nuraqilah Alimas, yesterday said she was a bit disappointed with the lack of published English language books written by local writers.

“I came to the fair expecting to find a variety of books by our local writers in English language, but I soon realised that there are very little and most of the books written by locals are in Malay language,” said the Environmental Studies student.

Siti Nuraqilah added that she would like to see the latest earth and environmental science academic books at the fair.

“I think the fair sells mostly Muslim romance novels and Islamic books, this is good but I think more books ranging from the latest memoirs, biography and politics should be sold here too,” said the 24-year-old.

Alifah Nur Ain Hj Rasil, a PhD student in neuroscience, said more science and health books should be included in the book fair, as it could help students like her in their research work but was disappointed when she could not find any.

“It’s nothing I haven’t seen. We get the same books in this fair at other local book shops,” she said, adding that there were very few new books.

Some book lovers, however, were pleased with the huge collection.

Fathin Nur Khalisah Hamdani from Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah said she was happy to see a good collection of the latest romance novels.

“I found a good collection of books from here and the books are organised really well, complete with labels, under each category,’ she commented.

She also noted that books available at the fair was reasonably priced.

According to DBP, a total of 48,406 people have visited the book fair since it was first launched on February 26th.

The Brunei Times