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HCMC book street attracts 2.4 million visitors in 2017

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Ho Chi Minh City book street, a unique cultural space of the city received around 2.4 million visitors in 2017 and reached the revenue of VND50 billion after launching two years ago.

An outdoor discussion in book street

An outdoor discussion in book street

The high revenue from book sales is expected to help publishing houses maintain their activities in the book street.
The 200-m long section adjacent to the iconic Central Post Office in the heart of the city is designed to provide a location for businesses in the publishing sector to organize events and present products, and a cultural space for book enthusiasts.
The pedestrian-only street includes more than 20 book stalls featuring books and magazines from domestic and foreign publishers. The booths have been operated by publishers and distributors such as Kim Dong Publishing House, Tre (Youth) Publishing House, Tong Hop (General) Publishing House and others.
The book street has currently seen 5-10 activities organized evey week, including exchanges between writers and readers, discussions, talk shows, book signing, book release and among.
Many new activities are expected to be launched in 2018 by publishers, such as organizing library, book fair offering rare and old books and more.
Năm 2017, khách đến Đường sách TPHCM tăng gấp rưỡi, sách bán tăng gấp đôi ảnh 2                                     Readers join in a book signing.

By XUAN THAN – Translated by Kim Khanh

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