Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wall bookshelves of Periplus Bookstore

I visited a Periplus bookstore on the main street of Ubud town more than one week ago. It was a nice bookstore with large collections of books about travel, art and culture and language. Books about Bali and Indonesia;  including Elizabeth Gilberth's Eat, Pray Love; dominated the shelves. Books about meditation, massage, spa, and yoga meditation got significant number of spaces in the bookshop. Most of the books were arranged neatly on wall bookshelves whose heights was around 2.5 meters. The color of the wall bookshelves was black with lights on the top of each of them. I like the layout of the bookshop. There was only one staff handling the store. He was sitting at the cashier table handling the POS cashier machine, supervising customers through CCTV cameras that were installed on the ceilings and doing the administration or the paper works of the bookstore.
There is another bookstore called Ganesha bookshop some 400 meters from this Periplus. It is smaller than the Periplus bookshop and it is run by 2 staff. Ganesha bookshop does not have a POS cashier machine. The staff of the bookstore calculate all of the transactions using a small calculator and records them on a book. It is interesting to see that Ganesha bookshop gets more visitors each day. Both the Periplus and the Ganesha bookstore use wall bookshelves to efficiently use their limited spaces. Customers of these stores are mainly international travelers who come from Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan and China. by Charles Roring

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ganesha bookstore serves foreign customers

I visited Ganesha bookstore a few days ago. In Balinese Hinduism, Ganesha is the god of knowledge. It was located in Ubud, a famous tourist destination in Bali island. It was not a big shop. The size of the bookstore was around 5 meters x 10 meters. Most of the books that were displayed on the shelves were written by foreign authors from Europe, Australia or North America about Bali and Indonesia. Ganesha bookstore also had a large collection of novels. One of them was Eat, Pray, Love (EPL) by Elizabeth Gilberth. The novel had been remade into a movie with the same name starred by Julia Roberts.
Bali is one of the provinces of Indonesia. Most of its inhabitants speak Bahasa Indonesia. However, the owners of the bookstore know that their main customers are not Indonesian but foreign tourists that come from as far as Amsterdam, Tokyo and Sydney. These customers need books about Indonesia or Bali that are written in English or their languages. In addition to books, other merchandises which it offers are newspapers, maps, postcards, and some traditional music instruments made of bamboo.
While in the Ganesha bookstore, I bought a map of Papua and Maluku islands. I really need the map when I have to guide tourists in Manokwari regency on bird watching and snorkeling tours. I was a little bit surprised to find out that the bookstore does not have POS (Point of Sales) system. It was manned by two women, one at the cashier table handling the transactions and one supervising the customers. The staff at the bookstore cashier only used a small calculator to calculate all of the transactions which would later be recorded on a book manually.
Ganesha bookstore in Ubud town of Bali island was quite busy during the day. I saw some European visitors. There was a Japanese couple there too. It was a nice bookstore. I recommend it to anybody who wants to visit Ubud – the culture center of Bali. So, next time when you go to Bali, don’t forget to visit the bookshop. By Charles Roring.

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