Even if you don’t buy a thing, you’ll love flipping through English Edition’s
latest discount exhibition. EE is offering on all titles a minimum discount of
20%, and one that goes up to 70%. But the really good deals are on the reference,
how-to, craft, cookery and coffee table books. Especially the coffee table books.
You’ll find some absolute beauties here - books you’ll want to own just to look
at once in while or have lying around in your living room, because they’re such
a sumptuous visual treat. And at quite a steal.
The children’s section is another highlight, with actual children browsing and everything. Apart from the usual collection of Noddys and fairy tales, there are a few gems – the human anatomy pull-out book (hardbound), a giant Lagaan colouring book, and nestling among the pocket editions (Rs 30 each) of Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, hilariously illustrated copies of Casablanca and Wuthering Heights. To nurture the romantic soul within every child.
Students of art, architecture, fashion/textiles, design and management will most likely find a good bargain here. There’s also plenty for art directors, photographers and interior designers. Luxuriously illustrated volumes that usually wear an it’ll-cost-you-just-to-look aura about them, are fairly affordable here. There are also lots of hobby and special interest books, on everything from quilt-making to the 50-year illustrated automobile history of Detroit, the car capital of America.
There’s a whole section dedicated to cook-books, with a fair number of titles on low-fat cooking and subjects that cover dhoklas and pasta, and everything in between. There are some interesting hardbound editions on the properties of garlic, of onion and of red chillies.
Self-help, spirituality, occult and religion also occupy an entire section at the exhibition. Reference books also have good deals happening - the Encyclopedia Britannica is sold for a 20 % discount and the Oxford series for up to 70%.
Fiction has somehow been sidelined, and except for a few bestsellers, there isn’t too much of variety in this section. Rowling’s latest, however, is going for a discount of 20%. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Stephen King make a brief and fleeting appearance, snowed under the Chicken Soup For The Soul series. There is however an interesting collection of stories under the title ‘The Art Of Murder’ (preface - Does Art imitate Murder? Or does Murder imitate Art?). Ideal for a train journey.
A few great deals:
1.Inside Out – Microsoft In Our Own Words; OP - Rs 1,495, AD - Rs 224
2.The English Archive Of Design & Decoration; OP - Rs 2,474, AD - Rs 742
3.Horror Of The 20th Century (photography); OP - Rs 1,623, AD - Rs 812
4.The Illustrated History Of The 19th Century (photography); OP - Rs 1,388, AD - Rs 625
5.Sports Illustrated Knockouts (fashion); OP - Rs 2,425, AD - Rs 1,213
(OP - Original Price, AD - After Discount)