ISLAMABAD,(Pakistan Point News - APP - 25th july,2016) : The National Book Foundation (NBF) has started a number of schemes for boosting the book reading habits among the students and general public. An official of NBF told APP that the Foundation has established a number of clubs including, general book clubs, travelers' book clubs, hospital book clubs, prisoners free mind book clubs, Book City, which provide a very conducive environment to public for developing book reading habits.
He said the NBF also conducts book fairs, festivals, publishes books of local writers and entertainment magazines besides providing books at discounted rates. He said that 55% discount is available at NBF sales outlet and 50 % on other prescribed book shops for the registered members throughout the country. He said that NBF has been publishing books relating to history, culture, and national leadership to promote the soft image of the country.
He said that NBF has also established a number of libraries including, children library, women library, general reading library, national book museum and summer camps for children. NBF has also launched 'book on wheels' or 'mobile book vans' service, in which, public is being provided with their favorite books at their door steps. He said that NBF take books on wheels to educational institutes and on holidays, to parks and recreational places to attract people to books. "NBF has also signed a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with various universities and other organizations for opening up of new book shops at their premises," he added.