Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, big bad wolf, big bad wolf …
Do you remember this song from Disney classic movie? It’s true though, we are not afraid of it, we even look forward for its visit, because this wolf is the name of the international book sale and it is coming to Jakarta!
Now, in 2019, Big Bad Wolf brings 5.5 millions books in 3 languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Chinese! There are more books in Bahasa Indonesia than last year. However, the Chinese books are only few and they are just simple story books for children.
There are all kinds of books here, such as children, young adults, fiction, non-fiction, romance, thriller, reference, self help, cookery, novel graphics, picture books, coloring books, architecture and design, business and economics, religion and many more. The children novel books are still dominated by Enid Blyton, the teenagers’ all time favorite author :) Many other classic books such as Alice, Pooh, the Wizard of Oz and Anne Gable are also available here. They are offered in book sets, so we can read and collect the whole series.
The price of a paperback story book starts from Rp. 70,000, while normally each would cost us more than Rp. 100,000, especially the hard cover. We also can buy a series of titles in box sets, they are approximately Rp 250,000 on average. No wonder many visitors filled in their trolleys to the brim. Some even bought more than one book for each title. We could simply pay them in cash or credit card, the sponsored bank even offers a 0% installment when you reached a certain amount. Thus, we’d better budget our spending prior coming to this book sale, since we are the only one who could put cap on how much we will spend here. A difficult decision though ;-)
Same as last year, whenever you are tired and hungry, there is a food court inside, so we don't need to check out from the book event to quench our hunger and thirst during our book hunting. Then there is an inflated small playground for children, in case they just got bored looking at books.
The really new ones in 2019 are:
Getting inside Big Bad Wolf book sale is fun, but getting out is a challenge. First, there are so many books to see. Second, often we have to face a very long queue for paying the goods we purchase, despite the many cashiers there. Since it opens 24 hours a day, you can avoid it by coming during non-peak hours though. It is common that some people come after midnight or dawn.
Once you finish paying, don't put away your receipt, since you must show it to the security at the exit door. Due to the many books each visitor buys, this procedure creates another long queue.
One last thing: if you live far from BSD, this year Big Bad Wolf collaborates with JNE to deliver books to your home or your chosen destination anywhere in Indonesia. So you don't have to worry about bringing heavy books with you, just go to JNE booth and ship the books :)
Tired of book hunting? How about checking out the surrounding area? For example, hang out in AEON mall, play in Scientia Square Park or go wall climbing at Bremgra.