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Big Bad Wolf 2018 to offer Mandarin books

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Fri, March 23, 2018 | 04:36 pm
Big Bad Wolf 2018 to offer Mandarin books

BBW 2018 will offer 5.5 million books and around 66 cashiers. (thejakartapost.com/Devina Heriyanto)

The Big Bad Wolf (BBW) book sale will return for a third time this year at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD, Tangerang, for 12 days from March 29 to April 9. Having offered English and Indonesian books since the beginning, this year they will include Mandarin books as well.

However, the sale, which is set to be open 24 hours a day, will still be dominated by English books. “Almost 85 percent of the books will be in English,” Uli T. I. Silalahi, president director of PT Jaya Ritel Indonesia, who manages BBW in Indonesia, told The Jakarta Post.

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Separately, during a press conference on Thursday, March 22, in Menteng, Central Jakarta, Uli explained that 70 percent of the books offered were children's books just like last year. There will also be books from other genres, including fiction, non-fiction, religion, architecture, reference books and books about hobbies, such as gardening, cooking, sewing and sports.

For Indonesian books, there will be more than 10 local publishers at BWW. Mizan Group, who previously took part in the first and second installment, is set to provide books from its six publishers.

“We will prepare 400,000-500,000 copies,” said Syahrir, CEO of Mizan Group. “Combined with other local publishers, there will be 1 million books.”

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BBW 2018 will offer 5.5 million books and around 66 cashiers.

Moreover, BBW 2018 will be spread across four halls in ICE BSD from hall 7 to 10. Hall 7 will be used as a Food and Drinks area with 60 stalls, 30 of which will operate for 24 hours. However, this year there will be no kids’ playground or talk shows with writers as they want readers to be focused on the books. (wng)

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