NBF’ Readers Club scheme registers 7,000 members so far

ISLAMABAD: Readers Club scheme of National Book Foundation (NBF) has so far registered 7,000 members across the country to offer 50 percent discount on purchasing books of their choice.

The membership for this public-oriented scheme was opened by NBF last month with an objective to promote book reading culture among the youth, an official of NBF told reporter.

The foundation has expanded the circle of Readers Club Scheme to 36 cities from 17 and increased the purchasing limit for the readers from Rs 5000 to Rs 6000 annually.

This year, the foundation has set target to facilitate 25,000 readers and the membership facility would remain open till achieving the target, the official informed.

NBF has registered over 130 book stalls and set-up 24 book outlets across the country while awareness raising campaign is also being carried out through different sections of social media.

A large number of people are visiting the outlets of NBF for getting the membership of Readers Club Scheme.

This initiative has played instrumental role in reviving book reading culture among the younger generation, the official said.

Readers Club is one of the most public oriented book promotional activity attracting readers to buy books of their choice at half price.

Besides, promoting reading habit, it encourages the overall book industry, help increasing literacy rate, create reasonable demand for good quality reading material and motivating young generation towards developing reading culture in the society.

During the year 2017-18, the project has set a target to facilitate over 25,000 readers with the allocated amount of Rs. 35.2 million. The scheme has benefitted 301,734 readers from the year 1985-86 till 2016-17.