Books by Weight

The unique Books By Weight exhibition is being put up by Butterfly Books at Sunderbai Hall, Churchgate. The exhibition will be held from 24th September to 7th October. Butterfly books organizes  Book By Weight exhibitions at least four times in a year.  

Ever thought of buying your favourite Harry Potter books or Twilight series not by the price but by its weight, that is say, Rs. 100 per kilo? Well, if you think, it is too far fetched an idea then you are mistaken. Here is an exhibition that sells books by weight and not by their prices. Be it Harry Potter books, famous thrillers, Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown, Sophie Kinsella and many others, all of these are sold just by their weight.  The hall houses more than half a million books of myriad genres and international titles. You are expected to pay Rs. 100 a kilo for fiction, Rs. 200 per kilo for Children’s Books, Literature, Dictionaries and Rs. 300 per kilo for the premium authors.

This one of its kind exhibition has been put up by Ajay and Madhavi Gupta of Butterfly books. “The entire book by weight idea is the brain child of my husband, Ajay. Two years back we started with this exhibition in Mumbai. Earlier we used to sell children’s books at our Worli Warehouse. But then there was a slump in the market and that is when he came up with this unique initiative. We mostly get our books from UK libraries and institution”, says Madhavi Gupta, Organizer of Books by weight exhibition.

A team of 15 members works dedicatedly at the books by weight exhibition, assisting people to choose their favourite titles. The books are stacked across the entire length of the hall in neat rows and they are organized in categories like comic, health, fiction, premium authors, interior designs, astrology , children’s books and craft. However, the philosophy section was missing.

At about 1.30 pm on a blazing hot Sunday afternoon, the hall was seen packed with people pouring over several titles and some of them dragging the baskets in confusion of what to pick and what not to. This exhibition also houses some academic books. There are books related to medicine and law. Some of the law books whose market price is anything between Rs 5000- Rs 10,000 are available here for mere Rs 300- Rs 400, claim the organizers.

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Most of the books are second-hand copies but in real good condition. People across the Mumbai region have visited this exhibition since its inauguration on March 4. “We get customers from far off places like Badlapur and even Pune. A batch of school students from Ratnagiri is also expected to visit us soon. Every day we receive a footfall of about 400-500”, adds Madhavi Gupta. The next round of the exhibition is expected to begin at the same hall at the end of April, which will go on till May end.

The sheer pleasure of holding the crisp pages of a book between your fingers cannot be replaced by the Kindle, and if you truly believe in this, then this is the place for you to get lost in the amazing world of books.  For once, you will turn over the book just to read the synopsis and not to check the price. Keep reading and keep spreading the word 🙂

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