The Jakarta Post
Although popular for selling imported books, BBW is planning to add more Indonesian-language books this year. (thejakartapost.com/Devina Heriyanto)
Book enthusiasts have probably already marked their calendar for the return of the non-stop Big Bad Wolf (BBW) book sale at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD, South Tangerang, Banten, from March 29 - April 9.
Set to offer 60 to 80 percent book discounts, below are some of the things to expect from this year's annual book sale.
5.5 million books
BBW brand manager Ivan Ooi told tempo.co the event would offer up to 5.5 million books with more variety and publishers compared with last year.
"We'll also increase the number of publishers that sell Indonesian-language books, as well as a larger amount and greater variety of Mandarin-language books," said Ivan on Monday.
More Indonesian-language books
Although popular for selling imported books, the BBW is planning to add more Indonesian-language books this year.
"This move is part of our effort to promote local publishers who have been tirelessly committed and have contributed to the people of Indonesia," Ivan said, adding that the actual number of Indonesian books was currently still being discussed.
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More children's books
Ivan said that around 60 percent of the 5.5 million books sold at the upcoming fair would be children's books.
"Children's books have always been our main focus as we consider that it is better to grow reading interest as early as possible when their mind is still full of imagination and happiness," he said.
Due to the huge enthusiasm, visitors to previous BBW events had to endure long queues. For this year, Ivan said it would try to make visitors more comfortable when shopping at the fair.
While declining to reveal whether the event will be held in other cities in Indonesia, Ivan said book lovers should follow new updates on BBW's Facebook page. "[Such news] will be a surprise for our fans in Indonesia," he added.
First held in Indonesia in 2015, the BBW has been previously held in Surabaya, East Java, in the past two years in addition to ICE BSD City. (kes)