Bukarayan: Reading in the Virus Year

Considering the percentage of the difference between buying and reading, there have been radical positive changes in the global reading space over the years.

|| Pankaj Bhosale
This is an introduction to the annual series of books introducing the Booker Prize shortlisted books; About the books that are not in the short list and also about how the reading-allergic place in the Coronation period ..

In the last one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half years, only evidence can be found of how the concentrated readers kept reading more and more in the extra spare time imposed by Mahasathi. There is an organization called ‘Global English Editing’. She provides worldwide writing and printmaking services. The organization last year tried to move the bookstore system only when people were being housed in lockouts. He collected information from wiki notes from two dozen popular sources, including Amazon. It was just a pleasant shock to you. Worldwide, from March to November 2020 (the survey was limited to English texts only), Indians were at the forefront of spending a week reading. Funnily enough, book-selling and library-equipped America was ranked 22nd in the survey. During this period, Doi Bharatiya used to spend 10 hours and 42 minutes a week reading. After the Indians, the citizens of Thailand (9 hours and 24 minutes) were engaged in reading, while China was in the third place (8 hours a week). This is also the case when there are nationalized versions of the ordeal of death, the daily increase in the number of victims, the loss of jobs, the plight of migrants moving from cities to villages, and the decline of industries. Since reading is not a matter of life and death, this detailed (and interesting) report has not been noticed by the media.

During this period of traditional book sales in local languages, ‘online startups’ were launched in all the cities of the country, delivering the books they wanted at home discounts amidst all sorts of cries, government help and mourning for their loss. If we look only in Marathi, more than half a dozen such online book buying options have emerged in the last one year. As a result, the Mumbai-Pune monopoly on book sales has come to an end and readers from Amravati, Kolhapur, Phaltan and many other cities are getting books that were not available before Karon. Weekly online auction system of rare books-old books through social media, Pustakbhishi project is the progress made in Maharashtra’s reading this year. Not only that, from the fountain in Mumbai to the pedestrians on the sidewalks in Pune-Kolhapur, this kind of reading craze, which is being quenched by the book-crazy people through WhatsApp, was created only and only by the corona-changed reading style. While this has often led to an increase in the purchase of non-essential groups of people due to the scarcity of rubbish, it is always welcome as it happens to be books.

Considering the percentage of the difference between buying and reading, there have been radical positive changes in the global reading space over the years. Due to Corona, the untimely demise of the readers and writers of Patti and the circulation of their bibliography also increased the tendency towards direct and indirect bibliography. Texts written centuries ago in a viral state like Corona gained unprecedented importance. The book ‘Decameron’, written by the Italian author Givovoni Bokashio during the deadly plague of the fourteenth century, suddenly gained importance. The readership of these folk tales of segregation is growing. It is also a change that the stories and ideas written in the past are being considered in today’s world.

In August 2018, Ling Ma, a Chinese-American author, wrote a novel called Severance. Her job was lost in a campaign to remove extra staff from the newsboy department at Playboy. Written on the mountain of unemployment, the novel has already won awards and more. But in 2020, it became the most read book. Because, the story of this novel is that a virus called ‘Shen’ spread from China spreads all over the world and disrupts survival. Within a year, the novel’s storytelling-like situation became ubiquitous, and the writer was crowned with a vision.

Now the point is, what has changed in the annual selection screening of the Booker Prize, which raises the half-dozen best-of-the-best novels of the year based on strict criteria from discerning readers?

This year, out of more than 150 novels, a five-member panel of judges has claimed to have selected narratives that fit the changing world dimension. Most of these novels were written and published during the Coronation period. But the time in each story is different. Some are the context of history, some are the lining of science-research, some are the eloquence of the language on social media.

In Booker’s long list of novels this year (this) variety has been followed in many ways. Veteran writers like Kazuo Ishiguro, who carved a name on Booker and drew millions of copies of each of his editions, had a long-standing position. Karen Jennings, a South African author who only published 500 copies of the author two months ago, was also included in the list on the criteria for readability. The new author, who received a conditional scholarship to publish the book, was sold off on Tuesday after his short novel, Ann Island, was dropped from the shortlist. Her publishers brought the book to the world, initially printing five thousand copies and then more and more copies. Although not available for bookers, this author has caught the attention of readers. Rachel Cusk’s American-born and British-born author’s novel ‘Second Place’ was more talked about than any other book in the short list. The author, who has written a number of experimental novels over the past decade by writing autobiographical novels, has been strictly adhering to the tradition of making a name for himself.

This year’s selection committee, chaired by Harvard University professor and British history scholar Maya Jasonoff (pictured), saw Horacia Horrod, a Nigerian actress who has been nominated twice in the last seven years by the Financial Times. McLaughlin (who is known to many as the heroine of Jim Carrey’s ‘Truman Show’) is a poet and Dr. Rowan Williams, a church archbishop in Britain. From January to June, the committee published 158 novels and a long list of 13 books. Decided shortlisted through online meetings in the last two months. The final book will now be selected for the award through reading-reading and online meetings over the next month and a half. In the meantime, the books will be distributed to all corners of the globe. Readers’ opinions on these books will start circulating on social media.

According to a survey by the Global English Editing Institute, 35 per cent of readers worldwide were immersed in the virus more than in the previous year. According to the World Economic Forum, despite the closure of bookstores in the UK, these businesses gained 16 per cent more online. In 2021, the American book industry has been profitable since the beginning of the year. While these testimonies are important to us, publishers in those countries did not stop to anticipate the potential damage from the lockout, fearing a corona wave. While Corona was on tiptoe, new books kept coming. Their sales weren’t booming then, but they didn’t break. We have taken the opposite step, which has resulted in many book publishers getting stuck, increasing the difficulty of distributing books before they hit the market, and breaking readers away from the traditional system of libraries. The chain of our ‘online bookstores’, which was built on the enthusiasm and response of the readers in the villages, is currently crawling. With the help of traditional systems, she will be able to run fast. In that case, your reading money will remain intact in any viral year.


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