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Ho Chi Minh City book street festival attracts youth with audiobooks

Ho Chi Minh City book street festival attracts youth with audiobooks

Sunday, January 30, 2022, 18:14 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City book street festival attracts youth with audiobooks
Young people listen to audiobooks on Nguyen Van Binh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 30, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The installation of free audiobook listening spaces has drew a large number of young people to the 2022 Lunar New Year's book street festival in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

The book street festival, themed 'Xuan Que Huong, Am Tinh Nhan Ai' (Homeland Spring, Full of Love), is open to the public from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm from January 29 to February 4, and features a variety of activities that introduce the public to thousands of books.

This event is taking place at two locations including Nguyen Van Binh Book Street and Nguyen Hue Flower Street.

A young woman takes a selfie photo at the Lunar New Year's book street festival on Nguyen Van Binh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 30, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A young woman takes a selfie at the Lunar New Year's book street festival on Nguyen Van Binh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 30, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Visitors to Nguyen Van Binh Street can experience the reading space 'Toa Tau Tuong Lai' (Future Carriage), which boasts dazzling ambient lighting and is ideal for those seeking stunning photographs.

On Nguyen Hue Flower Street, readers can have their first experience of 'Sach Khong Chu – Sach Noi' (Books Without Words – Audiobooks), a form of publication popular with bookworms recently.

Le Hoang Thach, chief technology of audiobook application Voiz FM, listens to audiobooks on Nguyen Van Binh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 30, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Le Hoang Thach, chief technology officer of audiobook application Voiz FM, listens to audiobooks on Nguyen Van Binh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 30, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Bringing the audiobook experience space to the general public will help build the community's reading culture, according to Le Hoang Thach, chief technology officer of audiobook application Voiz FM.

"I hope that visitors will have more new and interesting experiences with the 'Toa Tau Tuong Lai'space and 'Sach Khong Chu' booth,” Thach said.

“These areas showcase best-selling audiobooks.”

Vietnamese book lovers have been particularly concerned about the issue of audiobook copyright, and Thach hopes that by participating in this activity, readers will demonstrate their support for a reading culture and book copyright awareness.

A young man listens to audiobooks on Nguyen Hue Flower Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 30, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A young man listens to audiobooks on Nguyen Hue Flower Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, January 30, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Tran Thi Le Minh, a resident of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, stated that her reading habits have changed since the city's social distacing period last year.

"My friends and I have gradually changed our reading habits when Ho Chi Minh City implemented coronavirus movement restrictions," Minh shared.

"In addition to reading paper books, I listen to audiobooks with a large selection of good tomes when I have limited travel time.

"Now, I continue to practice this habit.”

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