The Colombo International Book Fair is mad big and kinda awesome. They estimate that like a million people come there, which seems high, but not impossible. We went to check it out yesterday and during the afternoon it’s not mobbed. It’s actually quite charming. They play old school Sinhala music (before Octopad) over the loudspeakers (blissfully no Rihanna) and serve warm sago and some other cool gelatinous drink, among other things. There’s also a model farm hidden in BMICH. Oh, and books.
Albino painting a fat man, Colombo Book Fair
There’s lots of books. Mostly Sinhala, some English, not enough Tamil. They deffa have 50 Shades Of Grey, but I didn’t find anything I was very interested in. The Sinhala section was more expansive and interesting, lots of comics and stuff. They even had a whole stall dedicated to Martin Wickramasinghe (Madol Doova).
eBook Reader (Android Tablet) with Harsha in background. Apparently prices are dropping to around 10k for tabs
Another highlight was The Book Hub booth, where we ran into both Harsha Purasinghe of Microimage and Dumindra Ratnayake, CEO of Etisalat. They’ve produced a platform for eBooks, to both buy and sell. It’s pretty cool and should see a lot of growth, inshallah.
So, the Book Fair is nice, and not thronged the way I thought it would be. It runs till the 26th, I recommend checking it out.
There’s a fuller writeup and many more photos on YAMU.