Walking BookFairs, an independent bookstore from Bhubaneswar has been awarded the prestigious ‘Bookstore of the Year Award’ at the Publishing Next 2016 Industry Awards in Kochi, Kerala.
“The Publishing Next Industry Award for the Bookstore of the Year is presented to Walking BookFairs on this day, the 16th of September 2016 for making visiting a bookshop and selling books exciting, and for taking books right where they belong – to the people in the streets.”
Bookstores from all over India were shortlisted for the award including Oxford Bookstores (Kolkata)
Full Circle Bookshop (Delhi)
Om Bookshop (Delhi)
Walking BookFairs (Bhubaneswar)
Full Circle Bookshop (Delhi) won the first runner up award.
The Publishing Next Industry Awards is an annual event celebrating the Publishing industry in India. This is the 7th edition of the event.
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Walking BookFairs recently made news with their 10,000 km tour across India in a traveling bookshop and free library to promote reading.
Akshaya Rautaray and Satabdi Mishra, the founders of Walking BookFairs were in Kochi, Kerala to receive the award for best bookstore of the year.
Akshaya and Satabdi arrived in Kochi on a scooter with books in their backpacks traveling through Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They are on a road trip to promote books and have been gifting books to various people they meet on the highways for free. They will reach Bhubaneswar on the 22 September completing their 4000 km road trip on a scooter with books. They said “Books are for everybody and books should reach more people, everywhere.”