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Online sites force city bookstore ‘Book World’ to down shutters

Started some 21 years ago, the shop located at the basement of Sagar Arcade was a famous spot for reading among youngsters. The owner, Narendra Chandan, said that lately his business was on the downside.

pune Updated: Sep 18, 2017 19:03 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Book World,Online sites,Fergusson college road
It was Chandan’s father who first set this shop up in 1971. Few years later, the shop sold old and new books. In 1996, Chandan relocated his shop to the Sagar Arcade, which is popular meeting point among students and youngsters.(HT PHOTO)

For years, Manasi and her friends grew up reading books in this bookstore on Fergusson college road. However, with online bookstores eating into the market, the owner of ‘Book World’ has decided to shut the shop.

Started some 21 years ago, the shop located at the basement of Sagar Arcade was a famous spot for reading among youngsters. The owner, Narendra Chandan, said that lately his business was on the downside. Almost all buyers purchase books online, he added.

It was Chandan’s father who first set this shop up in 1971. Few years later, the shop sold old and new books. In 1996, Chandan relocated his shop to the Sagar Arcade, which is popular meeting point among students and youngsters.

“I have been in the business since the 1980s but have never seen such bad times. I do not know where have all the customer have gone?” Chandan said.

“I think they are getting better deals online,” he said, while blaming the Internet for taking away his business.

Chandan, who expanded business with his brother Anand, said that the business was down by almost 50 per cent. “Piracy is also eating into our business.People try to buy pirated books instead of coming here,” Chandan said, adding that he cannot compete with online giants.

Readers who frequently visited ‘Book World’said that they were disheartened with the news of their favourite bookstore shutting down.

"The bookstore offered a personalised touch with the owners knowing what books you would like.There were even times when books were kept aside for frequent buyers," said Omkar Inamdar, one of the regular customers of the book shop.

While book lovers are obviously upset, those who will be most hit are the employees of the store. "I don't know how I will find a new job," said an employee.

Meanwhile, the owners have put the books on sale with heavy discount to clear the stock.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 16:16 IST