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Crossword bookstore at Oberoi MallCrossword – India’s leading lifestyle bookstore launched their new revamped store at the popular Oberoi Mall in Goregaon. Renowned author Amish Tripathi launched the bookstore and interacted with the audience answering their questions as well as shared his views on what inspired him to write his upcoming book. The launch was followed by a book signing session.

Crossword’s new store is spread across 4,000 sq ft area. The new store offers patrons a larger collection of books with more browsing area for customers as well as sufficient seating arrangement with adequate reading lights. One can read for hours, while the kids are engaged in a massive play area. Visitors who are unable to get books of their choices get a discount of 10 percent whenever the books are available at the store. The store also provides free home delivery for its patrons.

Speaking at the launch, Kinjal Shah, CEO- Crossword Bookstore said, "We are delighted to open our new store at Oberoi Mall and honoured to have Amish Tripathi to share this exciting moment with us. He is one of the finest and most successful authors in the county today and we are happy that he is part of this eventful day. Oberoi Mall in Goregaon is a bustling place full of vibrant activities and book lovers! So is an ideal location for Crossword to open its outlet. This launch is surely one of the many expansions you will see from Crossword in the near future.” While, Amish Tripathi added, “Crossword is such a great platform for all book lovers and special to me as my association with them began with Shiva Trilogy. An abundant bookstore definitely offers the atmosphere and the space for the readers.

It also turns out to be a great meeting place for discussions and dialogues. I wish Crossword very best for redefining the vogue of reading in India.”

Sales, marketing and research consultancy Publishers Communication Group (PCG), a division of Publishing Technology plc, has signed a new sales representation deal with leading Japanese medical publisher, Meteo, to help expand the reach of its Medical Online-E information service into North and South America.

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Coimbatore Arts and Theatrical Society (CATS) along with Quill Club Writers released a book by Young Coimbatore Authors titled ‘Catapult- 21 stories in journey’ recently. The book is a compilation of short stories by students from 9 to 15 years. The work on the book began a year ago when Quill Club Writers shortlisted 21 writers among nearly 700 students through various levels of selection process.

Speaking on the occasion, Hemant Kumar and Ruchira Mittal, mentors from Quill Club Writers, said: “The book does not comprise children’s stories. It is a universe in itself.” The themes range from relationships, coming-of-age, courage, depression, amnesia and so on. “Coimbatore is all set to become the young writers’ capital,” said Hemant. He also added that Quill Club Writers would like to work these children all over again.

Shobha Vishwanath from Karadi Tales was part of the book launch.

In a time when offline bookstores are winding their business, it is good news that Sapna Book House has opened its 12th store at MSR Elements Mall, Bengaluru. They already have showrooms in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Hubballi and Coimbatore.

To commemorate The World Book Day and to inculcate the habit of book reading among the youth, The Periyar Self Respect Propaganda Institution (PSRPI), in association with National Book Trust, India (Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India) organised a mega book fair “Chennai Puthaga Sangamam” for the third consecutive year, from April 13-23, 2015 in Chennai. Chitra Devi Ramiah, consul general of Malaysia for southern India inaugurated the fair.

Besides, the book fair, Chennai Puthaga Sangaman also featured allied programmes like lectures by eminent personalities, cultural programmes, children activities and awards to personalities who have actively worked towards inculcating reading habits.

The participating publishers offered a wide spectrum of the various genres of books on special discount - literature, science, children’s books, sports, economics, fiction, self development and others.

Authors’ Corner provided a platform to the authors to interact with the visitors and their readers, and share with them their experiences, literary journey, talk about their books and much more. Besides, short films were screened during the noon hours. In appreciation of the noble services rendered by ‘Palam’ Kalyanasundaram, T Stalin Gunasekaran, ‘Vanathi’ Ramanathan, Madurai Murugesan, ‘Nool’ Pandian in preserving the valuable books and in inculcating the good habit of reading books among people, the function of conferring Booker Award for 2015 also took place.

In order to facilitate book readers to hand over used books to needy readers, a book bank was created at the Book Fair. These books will be donated to various schools in small towns and villages. To commemorate the World Book Day Celebrations, a Walkathon was also organised on April 9 with thousands of students, from Labour Statue to Gandhi Statue on the Marina Beach.