Friday, June 01, 2007

Why Buy Books

Knowledge is power, right? Wrong. I'm not kidding, and you might have read it in one of my posts before. Knowledge becomes power only when we know how and when to use it, to what kind of people or society and in what circumstances we apply it, and that we fully understand its limitation an subsequent consequences when we decided to use it.

Hence, there are two elements of knowledge, one is the knowledge itself, and second is the understanding and the skill to use it at its fullest in a way that it becomes a power.

I acquired knowledge by attending various training, reading books, talking to people, attending various meeting, observing and imitating people's thinking and behavior, practicing and finally liberating from all the patrons and be myself.

Training to me is good only for stimulating my mind and meeting new people, yet I have to spend a lot of money to attend a "good" course, and I don't like it. Besides, the one that gets the biggest benefit from training is the trainer, not the trainees.

Trainer gets better knowledge and understanding on the subject, whilst the trainees will be spellbound by the trainer's magical charm and wisdom, and forget about the lessons in a week time.

Talking to people could reveal my stupidity, however at least I know that I'm still stupid, and hopefully will have more willingness to work on it.
I have ever posted, and repeated a couple of times, the sequence of observe-imitate-practice-liberate-innovate. Hence, I will not touch it anymore.

Reading books to me is the most economical and effective ways in acquiring knowledge and wisdom, provided that we have discipline to do the reading every single day, and always try to memorize important lessons we've got as if we are going to share it with somebody else. Now, I do blogging to learn from fellow bloggers on various topics.

It's been more than ten years that I've always bought books written in English, mostly about general management, business strategy, leadership, strategic marketing, wisdom and biography. I only subscribe the Jakarta Post. This is an extreme approach to force me to learn the language. Now, it's probably the time to loosen it a little bit. I started thinking to buy books written in Indonesian.


The first book written in Indonesian that I bought was "Gokil! Sebuah Kompilasi Kedodolan" written by Miund, a fellow "gokil" blogger who's kind enough to invite me to attend the book launching at Cafe Omah Sendok, last Thursday.

I shall convey my gratitude to her for allowing me to have a free nice dinner, also for having a good time chatting with her father, for being entertained, for mentioning my name in the book, and for getting her signature on the book that I bought :D. Nice start jeng, and wish you have plenty of luck for the success of the book, and I believe you will get it. I do like the style, the stories and the character of the book, which is quite unique and refreshing.

From now on, I'll be buying more books written in Indonesian. I will be looking books by Dewi Sekar, Dian Ibung and others at Gramedia Matraman or Kinokuniya - Plaza Senayan, my favorite places. I will give support to more Indonesian writers, as I believe that they deserve to have it. Then hopefully there'll be an Indonesia writer who can be a Noble winner, one day.

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26 comments:

  1. bukunya mbak dewie sekar bagus lho, mas!! promosi nih..sebagai fansnya mbak dewie! sayangnya aku cuma punya triloginya aja, yang teenlitnya (impian moira) belum punya. hikz..hikz..

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  2. knowledge emang power selama kita tahu kapan dan dimana menggunakannya. jadi pengen baca buku "gokil" itu, anyway thanks

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  3. pagi ini menemukan sebuah buku di ruang tamu. heran. siapa yang beli? karna tersangka yang paling memungkinkan dilihat dari jenis dan isi buku, ya cuma saya. tapi gak ngerasa beli ah.

    tanya mamah, ternyata yang beli papah. dipikir2 kenapa juga tiba2 bli buku indonesia. yang gak ada embel2 marketing pula.

    ternyata eh ternyata, karna disebut di gratitude toh.. peliiisss deeehhh!!

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  4. the first paragraph says it all. i definitely agree with it! great article!

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  5. mr. ab, did i just miss you on the launching last night? i did shake hands with you when you were talking to miund's dad but i did not realize it was you, i would've stayed longer there if i know it was you :)well, maybe some other time.

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  6. "Now, I do blogging to learn from fellow bloggers on various topics."

    agree banget nih mas...dgn blogging, bisa belajar dari orang yg memang skill dibidangnya masing2.

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  7. and thank you for being a great guest :) sorry i couldn't be a more proper hostess. it's kinda hard to concentrate on a person when people are clamoring on you. however, thank you very much, pak. my dad had a great time talking to you too!

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  8. and by the way, i am honored that my book is the first indonesian book you've ever bought. thank you. now if only i can get my english blog published... HAHAKHAHAKHAKHAKK!!!

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  9. Mungkin sudah saatnya Mas nulis buku juga, karena banyak tuh tulisannya yang bermutu.

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  10. Totally agree with the training thing - especially those that are 'branded', like Stephen Covey's.

    Hey, it sounds like a great launching party. I should get the book next week.

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  11. Kampanyekan gerakan membaca...

    Dengan membaca, wawasan tentang dunia terbuka dengan luas...

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  12. Wah judulnya "beli" nih...gimana dengan pinjeman? :D

    Apapun, dengan buku, bisa nambah wawasan. Tetapi intinya adalah kebiasaaan membaca, entah printed material atau online, berguna banyak untuk otak kita.

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  13. Biasanya sebulan aku pasti beli buku. Beli buku tiap bulan bukan berarti banyak duit. Bagiku lebih baik gak makan daripada gak beli buku :)
    Ayo kita budayakan membaca.

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  14. Jadi tertarik beli bukunya ^_^

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  15. maju penulis indonesia!!!!

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  16. I am little bit disappointed with Indonesia's audience. They more likely buy the books because the trends say so. Not because they need the contents (ie knowledge). But hoping that will better in the future..

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  17. oke dech...so interest, makasih dah berkunjung ke halaman saya :)

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  19. Rodrigo6:48 PM

    Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

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  20. buku, jendela dunia. tapi tidak semua orang punya kunci untuk membukanya. mungkin perlu dipikirkan bagaimana membuat sebanyak-banyaknya jendela yang tak terkunci.

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  21. saya setuju buku ( membaca) adalah jendela dunia, namun tetap kita mesti hati2.

    betul kata Om, "membuat buku saat ini semacam tren". coba kita lihat di tk gramedia, banyak buku dengan judul dan cover yg sangat propokatif, ..tapi maaf isinya ?..jadi mesti pandai2 juga pada akhirnya.

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  22. ealaah....gak pernah beli buku tulisan wong Indonesia? yg bener...

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  23. Kalo disini minat baca aussie people sangat tinggi karena dari kecil emang udah dibiasain.
    Truzz minat baca yg tinggi ini juga didukung dengan seringnya diadakan bookfest, pameran buku2 berkualitas tinggi dengan harga murah yg bikin mata jadi laper dan kantong jadi cekak karena ngeborong buku satu trolley^_^

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  24. Knowledge is power saya setuju dengan ini dan salah satu jalan untuk mencapainya adalah dengan membaca karena dengan membaca kita dapat menambah wawasan dengan luas maka dari itu kita harus galakan gemar membaca mulai usia sejak dini

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  25. English is an important language. It unites people all over the world, even people who have not meet. The fact that it does that is a good thing. I greatly admire you for learning it and at the same time giving importance to your own language, patronizing your own country and being proud of being Indonesian.

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