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Foreign publishers shop for local book rights at Jakarta fair

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, October 4, 2016  /  09:02 am
Foreign publishers shop for local book rights at Jakarta fair

In addition to selling books at affordable prices, the fair also provided access for publishers to conduct business transactions through the Indonesia Rights Fair. (Shutterstock/File)

The rights for 23 Indonesian books were sold to foreign publishers during the International Book Fair held at Jakarta Convention Center in Central Jakarta from Sept. 28 to 30.

The event's committee chairman Kuslistyarini told Antara news agency that Kesaint Blanc had sold the rights for nine of its books to two Chinese publishers, namely Southern Publishing Media and Sinolingua. "Meanwhile, Rosda has sold rights for its seven books about children's Islamic stories to a Pakistan-based publisher, and Gramedia also sold rights for seven books."

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In addition to selling books at affordable prices, the fair also provided access for publishers to conduct business transactions through the Indonesia Rights Fair. Up to 27 booths were available, featuring local and foreign publishers from China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Germany and Bosnia.

Nung Antasa from the Borobudur Literacy Agency shared that the most important thing in selling book rights was patience. "Because the process could take a very long time, even up to two years."

Meanwhile, among the most popular books that attracted the event's some 2000 visitors each day were reportedly children's books, Indonesian tourism, stories of Indonesian rare fauna, Muslim stories for children and Bahasa Indonesia textbooks. (fmn/kes)

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