Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Bookfair Blunders

The World Trade Center really is a difficult place to go to for the bookfair. Anyway, parking is P30.00 flat, in addition to the gas you're spending to get there.

Once you're done parking, entering the bookfair can be a bit of a hassle. You have to purchase your ticket and fill out a form, which you then give to the lady who then types the info on the computer and gives you a sticker tag which you wear (so I guess name tags are popular again) that includes the info you just filled out in the form.

Third, you realize not much is new from the previous bookfairs. Sure, there's the addition of a few like Summit Media, and some Asian companies (there's even a photocopier). It's great if you're interested in foreign cultures or languages, since that's basically the people who'll get the most out of the latest additions but aside from that, well...

Fourth, the rent must be taking its toll on the exhibitors. Powerbooks/National Bookstore, for example, only has a 10% discount, even if all their other regular shops are currently giving 20% discounts. And Fully Booked doesn't even give discounts. Their only promo is that you get a free magazine for purchases of P2000 or more. On a side note, it's nice to see that A Different Bookstore finally has a booth, and the sale is going for 15% for their regular stuff.

And of course, since this is the bookfair and the stalls are small, there's usually only one cashier, so the lines are long.


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