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Indonesian publishers win LBF International Excellence Awards 2019

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The Jakarta Post

London  /  Wed, March 13, 2019  /  02:19 pm
Indonesian publishers win LBF International Excellence Awards 2019

The London Book Fair 2019 opens on March 12 at the Olympia London exhibition center in Kensington, London. (London Book Fair/Handout)

Two Indonesian publishers have received the International Excellence Awards 2019 on Tuesday at the London Book Fair (LBF).

PT Bestari Buana Murni and Bentang Pustaka both won in the Market Focus Indonesia category. The category was especially created to recognize publishers in Indonesia, the book fair's Market Focus Country this year.

Bestari Buana Murni won The Market Focus Indonesia Children’s, Young Adult and Education Award for its ambitious children’s publishing program. The company publishes over 300 titles annually and has partnerships with libraries, UNICEF and Room to Read.

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Bentang Pustaka won the Adult Trade Award for its “broad scope in genres and innovative ideas to connect with readers”. The publisher's catalog includes Aroma Karsa by Dewi “Dee” Lestari and Dear Tomorrow by Maudy Ayunda.

Dee Lestari is in London as one of the 12 writers selected to represent Indonesia at the book fair.

The London Book Fair 2019 opens on March 12 at the Olympia London exhibition center in Kensington, London.The London Book Fair 2019 opens on March 12 at the Olympia London exhibition center in Kensington, London. (London Book Fair/Handout)

The LBF International Excellence Awards, which is held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association, consists of 17 awards and is open to all countries, with several categories open only to countries outside the UK.

“The International Excellence Awards always remind us of the innovative, important and inspiring work being done by all those in the global publishing community,” London Book Fair director Jacks Thomas said in a statement, adding that "[...] these awards show the breadth of talent working in the publishing industry around the world today." (dev/kes)

Winners of the LBF International Excellence Awards 2019 – full list

  • The Academic and Professional Publisher Award: De Gruyter (Germany)
  • The Audiobook Publisher of the Year: Booklava (UAE)
  • The Bookstore of the Year Award sponsored by Gardners: Fang Suo Commune (China)
  • The Educational Initiatives Award: Tata Trusts (India)
  • The Educational Learning Resources Award, supported by The China Publishing & Media Journal: Virtual Reading Gym (South Africa)
  • International Book Trade Journalist: Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives (USA)
  • The Library of the Year Award: Espoo City Library (Finland)
  • The Literary Translation Initiative Award: Tulika Publishers (India)
  • The Literary Agent Award: Pierre Astier, Founder and Director, Astier-Pecher Literary & Film Agency (France)
  • The Literary Festival Award: Book Arsenal Literary Festival (Ukraine)
  • The Rights Professional Award: Rose Janssens, Foreign Rights Key Account Manager, Clavis Publishing (Belgium)

Eligible for entries from Market Focus Indonesia only:

  • The Market Focus Indonesia Adult Trade Award: Bentang Pustaka
  • The Market Focus Indonesia Children’s, Young Adult and Education Award: PT Bestari Buana Murni

Eligible for entries from all countries, including the UK:

  • The London Book Fair Simon Master Chairman’s Award: Jessica Kingsley, Founder, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (UK)
  • Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award (Publisher): EDITORIAL 5 (Brazil)
  • Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award (Initiative): eKitabu (Kenya)

Eligible for entries from the UK only: 

  • Inclusivity in Publishing Award, supported by the Publishers Association: Jacaranda Books

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