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Jakarta Post

Bookstores still bookworms’ haven during ‘new normal’

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 29 2020   /  01:00 am
A total of 1.3 million poetry books were sold in 2018 alone, with two-thirds of its buyers younger than 34 years old, as per UK book sales monitor Nielsen BookScan.(Shutterstock/George Rudy)

This article is part of The Jakarta Post’s "Forging the New Norm" special coverage series, on how people are forging their lives anew to adjust to the new realities of COVID-19 in Indonesia. For some, bookstores are simply irreplaceable. Though online shops are easily accessible and e-books can be downloaded at our convenience, these cannot match the excitement of being surrounded by physical books and running your fingers along the spines to find your old favorites or discover a new escape. The smell of a freshly opened book can be compelling as well. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced numerous bookstores in Indonesia to temporarily halt their operations since March, leaving bibliophiles longing for their havens. “I certainly miss bookstores,” managing editor of Kata Depan publishing Hestia Istiviani told The Jakarta Post. “Scrolling thr...