Tested by years of economic struggles, Malaysian publisher Arief Hakim watches for signs of benefit in change. It’s been ‘a perfect storm,’ he says.
In Free Malaysia Today: Publishing players say that expected increases in paper costs are less a worry than growing numbers of local authors.
Stressing ‘intellectual momentum’ for Saudi Arabia’s younger citizens, the ministry of culture plans a complex 10-day program for the 2017 fair in Riyadh.
Southeast Asia’s publishing industries show promising signs of growth despite being under-translated and overly vulnerable to censorship, says Kenneth Quek.
‘Our kids are reading sillier books,’ says an educational leader in Malaysia, where a debate is ongoing about the quality of literature popular with young people.
‘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.
Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister challenges Malaysian authors to produce work that will win international recognition — and a Nobel Prize by 2057.
France’s Astier-Pécher Literary & Film Agency is expanding to Asia, working with Jérôme Bouchaud who is based in Malaysia.
The Rights Directors Meeting at the Frankfurt Book Fair will focus on France and the developing markets in Southeast Asia where more than 620 million people live.