After the notable success of its efforts to popularise the annual book fairs it holds in Bangkok, the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (Pubat) is gearing up to promote small, stand-alone bookshops operating throughout the Kingdom. Held between June 21 and 29 this year, Thai Independent Bookstores Week managed to attract the participation of 41 independent bookshops based in Bangkok and other urban centres. Pubat secretary Pichet Yimthin recently spoke to Life about his organisation’s plans to help small-scale booksellers and why he thinks they provide a valuable service and play an important role in our society.
To compete with large bookstore chains, small and independent bookshops need to create their own distinctive identities and cater to a niche market.
How did you come up with the idea of an independent bookstores week?
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