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Book campaign no page-turner, say critics

Authorities warned they are not encouraging reading habits among Thais

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Book lovers are disappointed with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's activities to celebrate the city's status as World Book Capital 2013, saying the events planned are a waste of money and will not lead to a culture of reading. 

Paintings on temporary walls of the Crown Property Bureau on Ratchadamnoen Avenue signal the start of a campaign launched by City Hall to encourage reading after Bangkok was declared the World Book Capital 2013. (Photo: Panumas Sanguanwong)

Charun Hormthienthong, president of the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (Pubat), said he had been closely following the BMA's work to encourage reading and could see no clear direction to achieve anything concrete.

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