The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

Also, the world’s biggest book sale is back with a bite!

The annual Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is back bigger than ever and you’re all invited. Featuring 4.5 million books sold at 75% to 95% cheaper than their original prices, the mega sale of books currently takes place at Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC), Seri Kembangan till 17 December 2018. The 24-hour sale completes its 10th year milestone next year and has already begun its festivities with the 10th Year Celebration activities leading up to 2019.

As we wait to see what The Big Bad Wolf cooks up for it 10th year anniversary in 2019, let’s get to know 5 facts about the literary phenomenon.

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

Remainder Books Keep the Price Low

Has it always been a mystery to you how BBW is able to keep the prices of its books so low? That’s because they’re in the remainder book business, which simply means that they get their books at really cheap prices from publishers before the paperbacks are shredded and pulped after they pass their in-store shelf life.

It All Started With Just Two People

Almost a decade ago, when the Big Bad Wolf Sale kicked off for the first time at Dataran Hamodal, it was manned by only two people, the founders Andrew Yap and Jacqueline Ng who did everything themselves, from hanging the banners to pricing the books. The sale witnessed more than 90 per cent of the 160,000 books being sold, proving the sale to be a hit.

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

The Idea Came from A RM9.90 Magazine Shop

Before opening BookXcess (the bookstore which led to the sale), the couple had a 500 sq ft shop in Amcorp Mall called Reissued, from where they were selling backdated magazines for RM9.90. This was followed by an opportunity to sell books, and in large quantities at that. And as they say, the rest was history.

Now in 16 Cities Worldwide

The Big Bad Wolf Sale has since made its mark in 16 Asian cities, including Jakarta, Manila, Colombo, Bangkok, Dubai, and of course home turf Kuala Lumpur.

Asia’s Biggest Seller of Augmented Reality Books

AR books are the latest phenomenon to take over the children’s literature landscape and the Big Bad Wolf Sale is the place to head to get your hands on some of these copies at really low prices. AR books are known for engaging with a child’s creativity and fostering interactivity through its cutting edge presentation of content.

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale
Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC)
Ground Floor, Jalan Dulang, Mines Resort City,
43300, Seri Kembangan, Selangor, 43300

Open 24 hours every day until 17 December 2018!

If you’re always on the look out for works by Malaysian authors, do check out The People’s Victory by Kee Thuan Chye.

Vimal Palasekaran

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