Delhi book lovers rejoice, and then promptly mark your calendars for June 24-25. Harper Collins has announced the mother of all book sales at their Faridabad (NCR) warehouse this June-end, and you’d better be there on time for first picks.
There will be over 100,000 books on sale, with more than 1,000 titles that span across genres (from children’s books and dictionaries to adult fiction), and they will all be available at throwaway prices of Rs 25, Rs 50 and Rs 100 (for coffee table books!). Box collections like those of GRR Martin and Paulo Coelho will be 90 per cent marked down.
“This is unprecedented. We are expecting 500-600 people to come over the two days, but going by interest levels already — I’ve received calls from the Andamans, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh — it might be more. I am expecting close to 100 people just when we open,” says Arvind Gupta, Head, Warehouse and Distribution, Harper Collins.
“These are books that have been damaged and cannot be sold on retail, so instead of disposing of them, we decided to make them available for book lovers and collectors,” explains Gupta, who is organising the sale. The point to note here, of course, is that there will collector’s edition books for just Rs 100! Those looking for new books need not despair, because new titles will be available to them at ‘staff discount’.
There are also a couple of conditions — one person cannot buy more than two copies of a single title; sale is not open to booksellers and distributors; and the books are strictly non-returnable.
Buyers will have the option to pay by cash as well as by card. Though, Gupta warns, there will be only one POS machine on-site, so bringing in a wad of cash might be a smart move. Another would be to bring along a huge bag or backpack in which you can stow all those newly acquired books, as well as a strategy on how to tackle such a gold mine. This is, of course, if you wake up on time be there at 10am sharp. Because, remember, the early bird gets the worm. (Wonder which book had that first!)
Here are the specifics.
When: June 24-25, 2016
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Plot No 15/5, Sector – 27 B, Behind Choirform Factory, Mathura Road, Faridabad (nearest Metro station: Mewala Maharajpur; the road is next to metro pillar nos 580-581)
For more details, call +91-9711060219.