It was heartening to learn the just concluded book exhibition in Chennai was a thundering success, infact the organizers had to extend it by a day probably due to public demand. We book lovers have no doubt missed the annual book fair (due to the deluge in Chennai ) that takes place every January where a large number of publishers, big and small take part and I for one missed the opportunity to pick up atleast a couple of books as a force of habit. Readers of Tamil books have had a wide choice, so I gathered from some visitors to the fair. Children’s books in English too were available in plenty and they appeared to have had a good sale. I am happy that physical books continue to be in demand and there are people who prefer to own them and read enjoying turning page after page rather than reading on the latest devices.