As the Sharjah International Book Fair opened this month in the United Arab Emirates, London Book Fair and Indonesia’s cultural program team met to plan for March’s Market Focus program at Olympia London.
The key to what makes a book work in translation may be its ability to stand on its own with a reader–despite leaps of language, culture, history, musicality, rhythm and even foods that trademark the work of Indonesia’s Laksmi Pamuntjak.
Continuing the discussion of femal writers in Frankfurt, a standout panel of women from the Asia Pacific region discussed gender and social perceptions of women.
Wattpad signs an agreement with video streaming and production company iflix to produce films based on Wattpad’s Indonesian content.
Indonesia will be the Market Focus at London Book Fair in 2019. And in New York City, Markus Dohle names Madeline McIntosh as CEO of Penguin Random House US.
From Madagascar, Lebanon, and Indonesia, three of Frankfurter Buchmesse’s 2017 Invitation Program publishers talk about their work and challenges.
Several institutions are working in Jakarta to cultivate interest in foreign rights sales: the Lontar Foundation, National Book Committee, and Indonesia Rights Fair.
‘The reason we want to start selling ebooks direct into ASEAN,’ says Monsoon’s Philip Tatham, is because it’s a major and rare territory still without heavy competition from major ebook retailers.
Nielsen sees 55 percent of those surveyed on global consumer confidence saying that in the fourth quarter of 2015, they believed the were in recession.
An article in the Jakarta Globe looks at Lian Gouw, the founder and owner of Dalang Publishing, a two-person operation based in San Mateo, California.