Slowly but surely, there are more and more Indonesians who become books lovers, thanks to the endless support of a number of organisers who hold book fairs in major places around the country.
And soon there will be a unique event called ‘Indonesia Digital Book Fair 2013′, to be held by Sekolah Alam Cikeas (Cikeas Nature-based School) on 15 – 17 March 2013 in Bogor, West Java.
This event is not only unique but special in its kind since it attempts to link three aspects into one: books, digital technology, and nature’s wisdom.
“Within a history of book fairs in Indonesia and the world, it is the very first in its kind where a digital book fair is held within the surrounding nature,” said Dodi Mawardi, chairman of the organising committee who is also a partner of Projecting Indonesia.
Dodi said that major publishers and book stores such as Gramedia, Mizan, Agro Media, Penebar Swadaya, Ufuk Publishing and Pustaka Lebah have confirmed their participation at the event. To make it more colourful, the event also consists of workshops, seminars, and talkshows on a number of issues such as blog writing, comic writing, and digital books.
At the event, Sekolah Alam Cikeas (SAC) will launch a nature-based educational program designed with digital technology. Furthermore, collaborating with the state-owned company PT Telkom, SAC will also launch a special program on how to enliven city parks with nature-based educational contents which are connected with outside world through wifi.
Last but not least, and perhaps as the culmination of the event, is the submission of national records through MURI (National Museum of Records) on “The Writing of a Story Book with the Highest-number of Writers”.
“In this planned submission, around 150 writers, from play group to elementary school students will simultaneously write in an open space for two hours. The writing results will be printed afterwards to be a book eligible to read, both as an e-book and the conventional one,” said Dodi. “The overall process is targeted to complete for six hours and will become the fastest in the world.”
Dodi concludes that, as planned, the event will be opened by Minister of Youth and Sports and closed by Minister of Education and Culture.