The wolf is back: Big Bad Wolf 2021 e-book sale opens this week
The world’s biggest book sale returns to the Philippines on Wednesday, albeit virtually.
The annual Big Bad Wolf (BBW) book fair, which offers some 60,000 titles at reduced prices, will be held from June 30 to July 7 on the e-commerce site, registration-ph.bbwbooks.com/.
According to co-founder Jacqueline Ng, this year’s pivot to an online sale aims to minimize the risk of transmission of Covid-19 and make the event more accessible to bookworms outside of Metro Manila. The event will feature larger selections of titles in a variety of genres, from children’s and adult fiction to self-help and other non-fiction bestsellers.
âWhenever we do physical sales, we have logistical and location constraints in terms of how many books we can bring,â Ng said at the recent launch of the event. “For [the online sale], we have opened our entire inventory.
The book sale started in Malaysia in 2009. It has since gone global and has toured 34 cities in 12 countries.
With website traffic set to increase for the duration of the sale, BBW co-founder Andrew Yap assured the site would run smoothly.
âEven until our sixth year, we were still struggling with website traffic,â he said. “The system is more stable now.”
Finding books is now also easier, as users will be able to search for books by genre or search by keywords, title, author, or International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Delivery costs are calculated at the time of payment, depending on the volume and weight of the purchase and the place of delivery. Shipping may take two to three weeks as the books will be shipped from Malaysia.
âUnfortunately, cash on delivery is not an option for us,â Ng said. âAlthough we offer several payment options. “
Online payments will be accepted through electronic payment providers including Dragonpay, eGHL, GCash, GrabPay, as well as online banking transactions through BDO and BPI. Free shipping is available anywhere in the Philippines for a minimum purchase of 2,900 P.
To help raise awareness of the importance of reading, BBW has also partnered with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in a joint effort to uphold the values ââof copyright and intellectual property at within the publishing industry and to recognize the principles surrounding copyright laws and the need to protect authors and creators of content.
âWe have always been warmly welcomed in the Philippines and are delighted to be able to return virtually,â said Ng. âGoing forward, once the pandemic subsides and the world reopens its borders, we certainly look forward to welcoming more physical book sales to the Philippines. “