Just came back from the mega bookfair at SQCC, endless stream of people swarmed in and out as a result of school holiday and most of them were pupils, mothers and seniors.
I didn't pay much attention on Chinese book section this time because I am jaded with the repeated theme of Chinese author lately. When the cookery-books hit, everyone including those who never set foot on kitchen teach you how to cook; when the travel books sell big, everyone rushing to write their own Nat-Geo; what will be the next creative subject matter from the Chinese authors, if a little unimaginative?
Book fair is where I turn skint usually, but not today, a credit of "Will power" by Baumeister & Tierney? Most likely not, rather, because of limited book variety. 30% of space are taken up by stationery, 10% contributed by audio, visual and computing products, 20% of academic cum children books, leaving behind 40% of space for books previously not listed including cook books. Strictly speaking, it is not a "pure" bookfair.
But worth a visit if you are free because I managed to get some big deals, Dan Ariely could have punched himself irrationally if he'd ever heard of the selling price of his hard cover "The Upside of Irrationality" at RM8, down from RM112. Malcom Gladwell might consider a change in career knowing his four paperback bestsellers "Blink", "The Tipping Point", "What the Dog Saw" and "Outliers" are bundled at selling price of RM70.
Big deal for readers, bad deal for writers.