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Indonesia International Book Fair looks to expand public's reading interests

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, September 13, 2018  /  03:35 pm
Indonesia International Book Fair looks to expand public's reading interests

The 37th Indonesia International Book Fair, which has gathered together nearly 100 industry participants and 7,000 local and foreign titles, runs through Sept. 16 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, South Jakarta. (Shutterstock/File)

The Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF) 2018, which opened on Wednesday, is running through Sept. 16 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, South Jakarta.

The 37th edition of the IIBF, themed "Creative Work Towards the Culture Literacy" [sic], features 110 booths from 62 participants in the Indonesian publishing industry. Thirty-four international participants have also joined this year's book fair from 17 countries: Australia, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

In addition to publishers selling books directly to readers, the IIBF is also expected to be a hub for publishers and writers looking to enter the global book market. 

The book fair is free to the public and aims to bring titles closer to people while increasing reading interests.

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Rosidayati Rozalina, head of the Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI) that organized the fair, said that among the IIBF's highlights was the Zona Kalap (shopping zone) program, through which 500 publishers were offering a discount of up to 80 percent on 7,000 Indonesian and foreign titles in various genres, from fiction to non-fiction and from children's to religious books.

The IIBF is also presenting the Bursa Naskah (manuscript fair) and the Indonesia Rights Fair as an opportunity for local and foreign writers and publishers to meet and collaborate, reports kompas.com.

The fair is also hosting 100 events on literacy, education and culture, including school competitions and student literacy tourism, as well as seminars, discussions, book launches and meet-and-greets with writers. (kes)

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