If we consider what we have achieved in the 40 years of Amar Ekushey Granthmela, the image of despair is more visible than optimism.
Every year, the question of what books are published in the book fair comes up again and again. It can be seen that average quality books are more in number, among them there are also many low quality books. There is no regulation here.
It can be said that there are total three parties of quality control – author, publisher and organizer Bangla Academy. In the long 40 years, the image of the book fair was not developed. I think all three sides have failures. And because of that failure only the commercial image of the book fair has developed.
Every year books are sold for more than crores of rupees. Before the fair, and even during the fair, anyone can publish books by paying publishers. Some even sell a lot of books by advertising. That is, even if the book achieves marketability, there is no feedback on its intrinsic value or value.
But to make the book fair a real book fair, all the concerned parties should come forward. For this, quality control is essential at every step.
The first step in quality control is manuscript editing. This important task is often overlooked. Since there is no specific party for this, the publisher has to do the work with difficulty and if necessary spending two paise. But experience shows that some publishers do not fulfill this responsibility. Some publishing houses don’t even want to shoulder the responsibility of proofreading.
In many cases, before the book is published, what is usually said between the author and the publisher is that the publisher says that you will pay this much money or buy 200 to 300 copies of the book.
For this reason, after the process is completed, some author may jokingly say, ‘My book has sold 200 or 300 copies.’ There is always ambiguity in this dealing. For example, there is no mention of how many copies of the book will be printed, since no contract is executed.
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