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Bounties for bookworms

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Book Exchange at Factory Phnom Penh is held monthly with over 400 choices of book to exchange. All visitors are welcomed to participate in the event. Photo: Supplied.

Have you ever read a book that has changed your perspectives about the way you look at the world and you wish that other people could experience the same magic as you? A magic that can change your mindset, broaden your way of thinking and expand more of your imagination. Indeed, books are a great source of knowledge.

Serving the purpose of promoting the culture of reading, as well as providing all bookworms a platform to meet up, the annual Book Exchange Meet-up continues to organise such events year after year.

Last Saturday, many bookworms were seen happily browsing through books at the Factory Phnom Penh. A location designed to nurture the reading culture in the Kingdom, a group of young readers set up the Book Exchange event for local and foreign readers to swap books for free.

So that book lovers can exchange reading materials at no expense and also share their views and have discussions about literature with one another.

The second year of the Book Exchange Meet-up saw an increase in the number of visitors. According to its organiser Yeoun Roth, the event has welcomed tens of visitors who are mostly university students adding that hopefully, it could attract more visitors for upcoming events.

He continued that visitors are also noticeably bringing more books to the event. However, the number of Khmer books is still relatively low.

Marm Davin, one of the participants who has previously joined the Book Exchange event, said: “I like reading a lot so seeing many books just waiting to be picked up is what makes the event so exciting.”

She added: “It is very essential that people read more and I think that Book Exchange Meet-up provides a great platform for those that seek more materials to read. Not only does it promote the habit of reading among Cambodians but the event also reduces a bulk of our book expense,” 25-year-old Davin said.

Happily clinging to a pile of books at the event, Soth Pisey, 24, said : “I hope to see this event takes place more often, not only here but in schools or universities so that we can push more students and encourage them to read more books, as well as inspire them to become more interested in the habit of reading.”

There were more than 400 books available at the event, a result of donations from Phnom Penh Book Exchange and other bookworms. The exchange of books is permitted on simple terms – only original books and not copies can be donated and no magazines or newspapers were allowed.

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