Book Reading Habit Dying Out In Pakistan
Pakistan is a country full of talented individuals. Whether you take the sports sector, education or medicine, people of Pakistan have made significant achievements in all of them. Some of the renowned people of Pakistan are Umar Saif, Malala Yousufzai and Ali Moeen Nawazish.
Umar was ranked one of the top 35 innovators of the world by MIT, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize and Ali is a world record holder student.
Pakistan has also produced some great cricketers, some of which are Shahid Afridi, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younus. The footballs being used in the world cup are also crafted by the hardworking labors of Pakistan. The IT sector of Pakistan is also growing significantly and the country has an Internet penetration of about 10.6 percent. Some of the local talents are now working in the tech startups of Sillicon Valley. The people of Pakistan are very much into reading books as well. Some like reading novels and fictional books while others have a strong interest in business and management books.
The youth of Pakistan thrives to be at the top and you’ll hear about their accomplishments in the media very often. It’s easy to get the basic necessities of life here, but in the last few years, there has been a significant decline in the book reading habits among the youth. Students studying here struggle with finding the right course books and they have to go through a lot of trouble in order to get them.
Another factor is the availability of good books. If you intend to buy a book, you have to get out of your comfort zone and search through ‘Urdu bazar’ a famous book market which takes up a lot of time and sometimes the books you need aren’t available. Students get discouraged and even frustrated in such cases, which is a major factor in the decline of reading habits.
Inflation and lack of interest among the youth is also a big factor. Shopkeepers exploit the students when they find out a course book is short in the market. Students have to pay thousands of rupees for books which aren’t originally that costly. All these problems faced by the people of Pakistan have resulted in students turning away from books which should have been easily accessible for everyone.
Last year a couple of entrepreneurs started an online book store in Pakistan to help eradicate this issue. The bookstore was built with the intention of helping students get their course books easily at their doorstep. They introduced a ‘deal of the week’ offer in their store which provided special discounts on certain books for a specific period of time. The online store received positive response from people all across Pakistan and the founders have currently added other product on it too like mobile phones. The great thing about this online store is that you can buy books online in Pakistan without any hassle. The books are all genuine and in perfect condition and the customer service is impeccable.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sabir Khanam is professional Librarian and works at Fabingo - Pakistan's largest online book store, you may contact for any tip regarding book reading and about books.