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Kinokuniya 2011 Holiday E-Catalogue

Posted in announcements,books,catalogue by kinokuniyajkt on December 17, 2011
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Dear Readers,

You are about to see what is quite possibly the most unusual creation Kinokuniya Bookstores of Indonesia has ever come up with – an e-catalogue.

Yes, you read that correctly. It is an electronic catalogue of our holiday season books, carefully and lovingly selected by our Merchandising Team for your holiday reading inspiration, that we designed for your computer, on your digital book readers and other electronic devices.

Have Kinokuniya Indonesia gone totally digital and forsaking print books altogether? The answer is obviously no. All of us who work here are still 110% percent in love with the printed books. We love the feel of paper beneath our fingertips and in our grips. We derive total pleasure from turning pages in our favorite books. We delight in seeing a neatly organized display on our shelves. And we will continue to sell print books as long as we can (which we hope is a very long time indeed!)

However, we do realize that the world has moved forward. BlackBerry, iPhones, Android phones, tablets, computers… they are all becoming more and more an integral part of society and the human way of life. We’re also thinking of our customers who live in other cities outside Jakarta – Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Solo, Medan, Bali, Samarinda, Makassar… we realize that technology has made it possible for us in Kinokuniya’s HQ in Jakarta to communicate with them. That is why we decided to make this catalogue more accessible to a wider audience. Whether you’re using a BlackBerry in Jakarta, a personal computer in Bali or even an iPad in Singapore, you can still grab our holiday catalogue to find reading and gift ideas.

We hope that the combination of innovative design by our partners in Studio Kudos, convenient digital technology and good ol’ print books will make this holiday season a very festive and happy affair for you. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays,
The Kinokuniya Indonesia Team


A Kinokuniya Horror Story: Sunday Survey Halloween Edition

Posted in sunday surveys by kinokuniyajkt on October 30, 2011

Sunday Survey Halloween Edition

A Kinokuniya Horror Story


It’s one of those things that get repeated through murmurs behind the cashier counters and back office doors of Kinokuniya’s flagship store in Indonesia: “Did you know that there are ghosts around here?”

If you work in the bookstore or happen to want to work there, you’ll hear it eventually. Either from the mouth of the person who experienced the ghostly encounters or the rumors that have since become something akin to urban legends. But you don’t have to work in the bookstore to hear about them… because we’re here now to tell you all about it.

The one who met the ghost is A-san. Who is she? “I’m an employee in the bookstore,” she answers. Which department? “The one that orders the books, now. But back then, I just started out. So I was in the department that deals with people’s book inquiries and complaints about service.” Does she read books? “Obsessively.” Does A-san have a a sixth sense? “Well,” she begins, “maybe. When I was young my parents told me I was able to see spirits and all but they told me my ‘third eye’ or something like that was ‘shut off’. Whatever that means.” Does she believe in ghosts? “Yes,” she affirms. “I mean, we live in Indonesia. If any place in the world is Supernatural Central of the world, it’s this country.”

Nicely put. But unfortunately for her, believing meant seeing. And one day, back in 2005, she saw ‘it’.

The morning started like any other. A-san came to work, sat down and booted her computer. It didn’t take long for the emails to flood her inbox. The emails always flooded the inbox of She was only hoping she didn’t have to read any angry ones. Sometimes the book inquiries would take her the whole day to reply but she would take that anytime of any day compared to the complaints. Ever since being accepted into the company the year before, the complaint emails had been the one thing she dreaded most in her job.

There was a minor complaint and a string of inquiries but they were nothing she couldn’t handle. She began typing the responses and quickly lost herself in the task. Half an hour passed by and she was still typing. Another half an hour of keyboard-tapping and mouse-clicking, three mails were ready to be sent. But there was one email she couldn’t answer: it was asking about a stationery product, which she had now knowledge of whatsoever, and the time on the email stated that it had arrived on the inbox since the previous evening. She made a mental note, as well as a real one, to ask the then-stationery merchandiser, a certain Mr. TS (the Office Joker and liked to fire jokes in Sundanese), about the product.

She continued the correspondences, settling back in her chair and not wanting to leave her desk to search for Mr. TS just yet. Then halfway through responding to another batch of inquiries, she saw him. Mr. TS passed by in front of her door at around 10 A.M., wearing a white shirt and a pair of brown trousers. Her first reaction was to gasp and raise her hand, as if to call him so she could wave him inside her room. But her eyes happened to glance at the monitor and saw that two more emails had arrived. She lowered her hand instinctively and settled back down to work on them. Mr. TS passed.

“Fine. I’ll just talk to him later,” she said to her self and Mr. TS disappeared from her view. She thought nothing more about it.

A few hours later, A-san was summoned by her boss. He asked her, “Can you call TS for me? I need to talk to him about something.”

A-san, remembering that she still needed to talk to TS, immediately set out to get him. The problem was that she couldn’t find him. The back office area was not a big place. It was just around 200 or 300 square meters and it didn’t have small partitioned cubicles; the space was wide open and several rows of desks and chairs were positioned next to one another without too much enclosure. Anyone could see where everyone sat and at that moment, Mr. TS was not sitting anywhere in the office. Neither was he sitting or standing anywhere in the selling floor. A-san made sure she circled the store more than once to look for him but she just couldn’t find him.

Thinking that perhaps he went out, she asked the Stationery staff for their section head’s whereabouts. “Has Mr. TS returned from lunch?”

The staff stared at her in confusion. “Mr. TS? He’s not in today.”

“Really?” A-san replied. And wasn’t that weird? “I swear I saw him this morning at around 10,” she told the staff.

“How is that possible?” the staff responded. “Today is Mr. TS’ day off and at around 10 I was on the phone with him.”

A-san talked her co-workers in the office, all of whom confirmed that they didn’t see Mr. TS that day. Some of them, who had been in the office since the morning, didn’t even recall seeing any man bearing any resemblance to Mr. TS in Kinokuniya for the whole day at all. Another one even confirmed that that day was Mr. TS’ day off and said, “You probably saw a ghost.”

A-san laughed it off although even to her ears her laughter sounded nervous. She returned to her room and reported Mr. TS’ absence to her boss, who grumbled a little about it, but then the working day continued as usual.

The next day Mr. TS showed up and heard about A-san’s intense search for him the day before. He was amused that A-san seemed to have insisted that he’d been there when, in reality, he had been at home enjoying his off day. He suggested that perhaps what A-san saw was a spirit that liked to play with people’s eyes by adopting the appearance of others. Jokingly, she answered, “Yes, that must be it.”

A few days later, A-san was handling customer inquiries at the Customer Service counter. A cashier staff – who is older and had been working there longer than A-san – approached her and asked, “Did you really see someone who wasn’t here the other day?”

A-san nodded her confirmation. The staff then said, “I see you’ve finally met the ghost who likes to impersonate people. You’re not the first one. And you probably won’t be the last. Maybe one day you’ll see her again.”

As if speaking a prophecy, the cashier staff’s words were proven true a couple of years later. A-san saw her senior colleague, E-san, at her desk in the morning but later in the day when someone asked her where E-san was, she couldn’t find her.

All she could say was: “I could have sworn I saw her this morning at her desk, wearing her brown suit.” She paused. “But I think I just met the ghost who likes to impersonate others… again.”



Tell us your horror stories in the comment section below for Halloween. You can write in English and/or Indonesian. The most haunting stories will get a chance to appear in Kinokuniya’s Holiday Catalogue 2011, coming out in December. Happy Halloween!

The Narrative Of John Smith: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost Manuscript

Posted in books,recommended by kinokuniyajkt on October 26, 2011

Who doesn’t know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? He is only one of the most famous classic authors in the world of English literature. His Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are legendary and all the mysteries that he wrote are perennial bestsellers in perhaps every bookstore on the planet.

The Sherlock Holmes are his most popular works but it was not the first novel Conan Doyle ever wrote. At the age of merely 23 and struggling to make a living as a writer. As he wanted to gain importance as a writer, Conan Doyle then decided to finally write a novel. This novel’s name was The Narrative Of John Smith.

But if you don’t recognize the name of this book, fear not. For it was never published until this year.

Conan Doyle’s told the story of the manuscript on The Idler Magazine (published in January 1893), which shed some light on why it was never published.

So I wrote another of my first books and sent it off to the publishers. Alack and alas for the dreadful thing that happened! The publishers never received it, the post office sent countless blue forms to say that they knew nothing about it, and from that day to this no word has ever been heard of it. Of course it was the best thing I ever wrote. Who ever lost a manuscript that wasn’t? (Source)

Fortunately for all Conan Doyle admirers and scholars, the manuscript had now been found. Its first discovery in modern times occurred during a Conan Doyle sale at the auction house, Christie’s, in 2004. It was then purchased by The British Library and put on display in December 2004. In September 2011, the British Library has finally published the book commercially for the first time.

The book may be incomplete and look to be comprised of the author’s opinions on several issues (literature, science, religion, etc.) that are told through the voice of the narrator John Smith. It’s unlike the Sherlock Holmes mysteries where cases are solved through deductive reasoning, involving plot and action and the collaboration between Holmes and Watson. However, the Conan Doyle fans will be able to see just how their favorite author came to be one of the most successful writers in his era. The book provides a window to the one of the great literary minds of all time and it will not disappoint.

This title is available now in Kinokuniya Bookstores of Jakarta.

Further reading: Source 1 | Source 2 | Source 3 |

Vintage 21st Anniversary Editions in Kinokuniya Jakarta

Posted in books,recommended by kinokuniyajkt on October 24, 2011

To celebrate its 21st anniversary, this year Vintage Books, an imprint of Random House, released 21 new editions of the the publishing house’s perennial titles. Designed by Suzanne Dean, Random House’s design chief, the new collection of Vintage’s literature favorites feature a single vivid color for each of the book. The book edges are colored to match so that the color encompass all of the dimensions. When stacked together, they form a rainbow with many hues while each individual books appear vibrant and candy-like.

Vintage is very well-known for releasing editions with thematic designs. The Vintage Classics series is perhaps one of the most beautifully designed classical series. Its covers never fail to capture readers’ attention and encourage book lovers everywhere to grab them despite perhaps having already owned a copy of the book. Among our favorites are Vintage Classic’s Italo Calvino’s collection, as well as Anthony Burgess’. And who could forget their Vintage Loves Film special editions from the summer of 2010? No one makes movie tie-ins the way Vintage does: with classy uber-cool black/white covers that is devoid of gimmick and featuring the most poignant line from each of the book.

This year, that tradition of creating eye candy covers continues as Vintage makes these 21 titles available in new colors. But the physical aspect of the books is not the only thing that makes the book attractive. The stories themselves are enough reason for anyone to want to buy, hold or simply touch. From readers’ favorites The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Time Traveler’s Wife to Man Booker Prize-winning creations from authors Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright and A.S. Byatt, Vintage makes sure to include all the right titles to serve a broad range of audience. Whether it’s the life of heroin addicts or Arthur Kipps’ ghostly encounter in the decrepit Eel Marsh House, Vintage will have something to offer you.

Here is the complete line-up of Vintage’s 21st Anniversary editions:

1. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
3. Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
4. Money by Martin Amis
5. The Road Home by Rose Tremaine
6. The Gathering by Anne Enright
7. Atonement by Ian McEwan
8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
9. A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
10. The Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor
11. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
12. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
13. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
14. Possession by A.S. Byatt
15. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
16. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
17. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
18. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
19. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
20. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
21. American Pastoral by Philip Roth

These editions are now available in Kinokuniya Jakarta. See how they’re displayed and, remember, these are books… not candies. Read them, don’t eat them, but do devour them all the same.

Kinokuniya Indonesia Operational Hours for Idul Fitri Holiday 2011

Posted in announcements,contact information by kinokuniyajkt on August 26, 2011

To celebrate the upcoming Idul Fitri holiday, we hereby announce Kinokuniya Indonesia’s operational hours during the festivities. All of our stores remain open on public holidays and we invite you to visit us in Plaza Senayan (5th Floor), Pondok Indah Mall-2 (LG Floor) and Grand Indonesia (West Mall, LG Floor).


Kinokuniya Plaza Senayan
Monday, 29 August 2011: 10 AM – 8 PM (10.00 – 20.00 WIB)
Tuesday, 30 August 2011: 1 PM – 9 PM (13.00 – 21.00 WIB)
Wednesday, 31 August 2011: 10 AM – 10 PM (10.00 – 22.00 WIB)

Kinokuniya Pondok Indah Mall-2
Monday, 29 August 2011: 8.30 AM – 8 PM (08.30 – 20.00 WIB)
Tuesday, 30 August 2011: 12 PM – 9 PM (12.00 – 21.00 WIB)
Wednesday, 31 August 2011: 10 AM – 10 PM (10.00 – 22.00 WIB)

Kinokuniya Grand Indonesia
Monday, 29 August 2011: 10 AM – 8 PM (10.00 – 20.00 WIB)
Tuesday, 30 August 2011: 12 PM – 9 PM (12.00 – 21.00 WIB)
Wednesday, 31 August 2011: 10 AM – 10 PM (10.00 – 22.00 WIB)

Our operational hours will return to normal from Thursday, 1 September 2011 onwards.


Any inquiry and/or order sent via email to from Monday, 29 August untul Sunday, 4 September 2011, will be replied and processed on Monday, 5 September 2011. We seek your understanding for not being able to respond promptly to emails during the Idul Fitri holiday period.

To get faster responses, all inquiries should be directed to the Customer Service Department in each of our stores in Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall-2 and Grand Indonesia (see contact information for details.)

The Kinokuniya Team would like to wish you a very happy and peaceful Idul Fitri celebration.

Kinokuniya Summer Reads 2011: Recommended Adult Fiction


How do you pick a book to read this summer? Do you go through your collection and select a beloved title that you’ve read many times before or do you head to your favorite bookstore to browse its collection and choose a new book that you could lose yourself into? Well, here in Kinokuniya we do both. Other than going back to re-read books that have been published in the past, we also look at the plethora of new titles available in our bookstore. Then we realized that there are just simply too many to choose from and we can’t settle on one title that we want to read first. That’s how we then got the idea to ask around our office and selling floor asking for recommendations to read.

Fiction – of all kinds, be they teen, young adult or adult fiction – has always been the most popular genres in any season. Naturally, that’s where we started. After compiling a list of recommendations just for fun and internal reading only (plus one mild argument about a non-fiction book–which is not fiction but is still on the list because the Fiction People are good at arguments like that–on the author of On The Road and his friend), we had the idea to publish them in our blog because they’re too exciting to not be shared. And here it is… the recommended books from our Adult Fiction/Literature Category.

The list is by no means perfect or standard… it’s hardly New York Times material, that’s for sure. But we hope that we’ll be able to help you select a book or two among the collection we have in our stores to read this summer. If you haven’t heard of these titles before, we recommend checking them out in websites such as Goodreads and Amazon to further confirm that they really are the right books for you.

Have fun browsing!

Kinokuniya Jakarta’s Recommended Summer Reading: Adult Fiction

1. A Dance With Dragons (Book 5 of A Song Of Ice And Fire) by George R. R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy

The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance. In the east, Daenerys, last scion of House Targaryen, her dragons grown to terrifying maturity, rules as queen of a city built on dust and death, beset by enemies. Now that her whereabouts are known many are seeking Daenerys and her dragons. Among them the dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, who has escaped King’s Landing with a price on his head, wrongfully condemned to death for the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey. But not before killing his hated father, Lord Tywin. To the north lies the great Wall of ice and stone – a structure only as strong as those guarding it. Eddard Stark’s bastard son Jon Snow has been elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, but he has enemies both in the Watch and beyond the Wall, where the wildling armies are massing for an assault.

On all sides bitter conflicts are reigniting, played out by a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves. The tides of destiny will inevitably lead to the greatest dance of all…

The highly anticipated fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire couldn’t have been released at a better time. Following the success of the successful HBO series of the first book in the series, A Game Of Thrones, A Dance With Dragons has garnered the attention not only from longtime fans but also new fans of the series. At over 1000 pages, this epic novel is set to reign supreme in bestsellers list everywhere. (Review Source:, Original)

2. The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
Genre: Crime/Thriller

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide, all the victims from the same family, captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders—against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

A number-one bestselling international sensation sure to please fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, The Hypnotist is the first novel in a series, soon to be published in thirty-three countries. With its pulse-pounding hooks and twists, it announces a stirring new contribution to the annals of crime fiction. (Review source: Goodreads)

3. The Sweetness Of Tears by Nafisa Haji
Genre: General Fiction

When faith and facts collide, Jo March—a young woman born into an Evangelical Christian dynasty—wrestles with questions about who she is and how she fits into the weave of her faithful family. Chasing loose threads that she hopes will lead to the truth, Jo sets off on an unlikely quest across boundaries of language and religion, through chasms of sectarian divides in the Muslim world. Against the backdrop of the War on Terror—travelling from California to Chicago, Pakistan to Iraq—she delves deeply into the past, encountering relatives, often for the first time, whose histories are intricately intertwined with her own . . . only to learn that true spiritual devotion is a broken field riddled with doubt and that nothing is ever as it seems.

A story of forbidden love and familial dysfunction that interweaves multiple generational and cultural viewpoints, The Sweetness of Tears is a powerful reminder of the ties that bind us, the choices that divide us, and the universal joys and tragedies that shape us all. (Review source:


Frequently Asked Questions

Posted in announcements,faq by kinokuniyajkt on June 6, 2011

We have created a new page for the most Frequently Asked Questions that our visitors and customers leave us here in the comments.

We’ll try to add more questions and answers as we go along, but please check out this page to find out the answers to the FAQ.

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