The 2018 Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF) has been officially in the capital amid calls for stringent measures against book piracy.

The ZIBF was a hive of an activity with school children, exhibitors and book writers mixing and mingling.

Book writers and exhibitors all spoke highly of this year’s book fair saying although there are some grey areas that need to be addressed it is a success.

Officially opening the book fair, guest speaker Dr Arthur Makanda, who is the Director of Curriculum and Development Services, said book piracy is a thorn in the flesh and there is need for stringent measures against the offenders while the ZIBF Association interim chairperson, Mr Jasper Maenzanise expressed concern over the reading culture in general which is lagging behind.

“People no longer have a reading culture save for those who would be preparing for exams and there is need to inculcate the reading culture,” he said.

Of interest at the book fair was the Zimbabwe Women Writers Association stand where books written by women in Zimbabwe were on display with indications that the books authored by women are on the increase.