Books, books, and stacks of books. This was what visitors to the SLECC were treated to last October. It looks like coming June will be something similar. That’s right. The Big Bad Wolf is back. So all you book fanatics, fill up your wallets and get ready for the BBW sale.
The return of the wolf
Anybody who made to last year’s sale would know that this isn’t your average book sale. What sets the Big Bad Wolf sale apart is the vast collection of books available across multiple genres, while running 24 hours for almost 2 weeks Adding to that, not many book sales out there offer discounts in the 60 – 80% range either.
Last year’s setting saw crowds gather in their numbers, particular for fiction books. In fact, according to founder Andrew Yap, the fiction books section ended up being sold out. This year, a bigger and better collection hopes to attract the same fans, along with a few new readers too.
“We anticipated a high demand for children’s books last year. But we were surprised to find out that there was also an enormous demand for fiction titles, which flew off the shelves” – Dipak Madhavan, Partner of Big Bad Wolf Books
Simple beginnings and local challenges
The very first Big Bad Wolf sale took place back in 2009. By 2011, the event was recognized as the world’s largest book sale. Fast forward to 2018. Countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Sri Lanka have all witnessed BBW.
Of course, an event of this magnitude is not without its challenges, even in Sri Lanka. Before kicking off the inaugural BBW sale, the organizing team had to initially struggle for a venue. Additionally, working out the logistics of the whole initiative proved to be challenging as well. But judging by the community response so far, its safe to say their efforts would have paid off. The Big Bad Wolf is one of the most anticipated sales of the year.
What will the Big Bad Wolf bring this year?
Whether it’s your favorite Marvel comic or that self help book you’ve been dying to get your hands on. BBW have everything to offer for the avid reader. In case you’re still curious, genres would generally include, Fiction, Literature, Young Adult, Business & Economics, Self Help, Biography, and History. According to Nishan Wasalathanthri, Director of ProRead Lanka, the collection includes over 1.5 million books covering 20,000 high-end english titles.
“Last year’s event was a huge success and an eye-opener on how enthusiastic Sri Lankans are for good quality, affordable books. We’ll be bringing over a wider range of titles for book lovers in Sri Lanka this time around” – Andrew Yap
So grab your wallets and get ready. The Big Bad Wolf is making its way here on the 28th of June at the SLECC and will go on for 10 days.
By the way, we will be giving away a few preview passes for the book sale. So do stay tuned for more updates 😉