I Come for the Big Bad Wolf

Greatest book sale with up to 80% off of imported books? Man, I could feel my bookworm senses tingling, starting to squirm when I heard about it. In Malaysia, the Big Bad Wolf book fair is held for seven times and Book Xcess decided to continue the fair in Indonesia with that much of success. Gathered from metrotvnews, the event itself serves purpose to increase public interest in reading by providing cheap, imported, and local books.

Well, unlike its name the wolf sure is kind of nice for Big Bad Wolf supplies two millions worth of books ranging from novel, biography, graphic novel, to even self-help. Imported books alone priced from Rp45.000 to Rp200.000, roughly 3 to 15 dollars. One thing is for sure, the fiction section is swarmed with book-lovers more than any other section (Guilty.) which you can find new adapted-to-screen novels such as Room, Gone Girl, and the Maze Runner.

If that’s not your cup of tea, there are tons (figuratively) of novels from well-known authors like Agatha Christie, Umberto Eco, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Stephen King. You want classics? Big Bad Wolf got some with collections from Jane Austen to Jules Verne.

Local publishing to join the event is Mizan which sells genre from teenlit, translated novel series, and biography in just Rp10.000 to Rp20.000 (around 76 cents to 1,50 dollars).

Big Bad Wolf sell posters along with books with just Rp140.000 (around 10 dollars), there are also pop arts by Rp320.000 up to Rp730.000 (approx. 22 dollars to 55 dollars). Also, there are box sets at the fair with prices around Rp80.000 to Rp180.000 (6 to 13 dollars). Before exiting the venue however, you’ll be offered to buy some English book for charity. You may choose which book to pay and the organizer with give it to the Ministry of Education. They claimed that Indonesian children need more English-language books.

They really do. I know I do. I managed to gain some self-control and bought these.

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From up-down: Menjadi Selamanya by Luna Torashyngu; Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; GhostGirl: Homecoming by Tonya Hurley; The Cinderella http://www.cialispharmaciefr24.com/forum-achat-cialis-net/ Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke; The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco.

The place is massive, man. Seriously. When you entered the venue, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sea of books. Don’t panic, though. You can prepare yourself (listing the books in your head maybe?) before entering the exhibition and see the kind of collections they have, by visiting here. However, if the book you want is too hard to find then don’t hesitate to ask the runner (not Dylan o’Brien) to find it for you. Perhaps they don’t know the exact location of the book, but they’ll help you navigate through the section where you can start looking. It kinda does look like a maze.

But, if you want to be a bit adventurous it is completely cool to explore entire sections. Don’t limit it to just one, and go wild. My friend found this book about the origin of words. Titled A Certain “Je Ne Sais Quoi”: The Origin of Foreign Words Used in English. It may be useful someday when she wants to be a Dan Brown-inspired writer. We’ll never know.

Big Bad Wolf starts from April 30th until May 8th, opens 24 hours on weekends and holidays while on weekdays only on 11 AM until 11 PM. The venue itself is at Hall 10 Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD, South Tangerang. From Jakarta, take commuter line train ride and stop at Serpong Station or Rawa Buntu Station then take ojek to get there.

Parking at ICE is a workout though, if you use motorcycle to get there (Guilty, again). The basement is at Hall 3 while the event is at Hall 10. Let’s just call it a warm up before sifting through the books. Driving with car? A breeze.

Oh, don’t forget to register yourself as a Big Bad Wolf member and follow them on twitter. It offers extra discount, free bookmark, and more information about the event. A superb bargain, I’m so pumped. Even when I’m writing now, I’m still pumped with the books and that sea… Bless writers.

We need more events like this, with broader segment and wider choice of books. Personally, I still feel their consumer comes from upper middle class (mainly university students, families with English-speaking children, etc). If the goal is to increase the interest of reading in buy a cheaply tablets without prescription – http://www.kevindekker.com/buy-a-cheaply-tablets-without-prescription/ all social groups in Indonesia, perhaps we can invite more local publishers to participate or provide used books in good condition so it could be more affordable.

After all, I really hope this event will last as an annual thing so I can save more money in advance for buying books. I know you would too.

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One thought on “I Come for the Big Bad Wolf

  • January 17, 2017 at 4:09 am

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


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