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New lending platform is heaven for bookworms

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 2 2017   /  12:30 am
Young blood: Rani Soebijantoro (left), Thomas Djara (center) and Givari Rizky are founders of BookaBuku, an online platform for renting books. Founded in May 2017, Bookabuku has more than 1,400 registered books and more than 300 users.(JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)(left), Thomas Djara (center) and Givari Rizky are founders of BookaBuku, an online platform for renting books. Founded in May 2017, Bookabuku has more than 1,400 registered books and more than 300 users.(JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)

Young blood: Rani Soebijantoro (left), Thomas Djara (center) and Givari Rizky are founders of BookaBuku, an online platform for renting books. Founded in May 2017, Bookabuku has more than 1,400 registered books and more than 300 users.(JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)Chevy Andika Putra, 23, had not been into reading until he found himself working on his thesis for a bachelor’s degree in marketing back in 2014.

He joined a marketing community, hoping to get insight for his thesis. Not only did he acquire many ideas, he also found a new love: reading.

Often reading free online books, he has profound love for imported printed books.

“But they are very expensive,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

That issue was settled when in July he found out about an online platform for renting books, called Bookabuku. He immediately signed up by paying the Rp 100,000 (US$7.5) d...