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Jakarta Post

Activists and publishers push for affordable books

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 23 2008   /  10:37 am

Literature advocates and book publishers demand the government give more support to the book publishing industry to serve readers with more affordable quality reading materials. "Despite growing interest in reading nowadays, books are still expensive," said Wien Muldian, the founder of Forum Indonesia Membaca (Indonesia Reading Forum). According to the Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI), there were 1,000 new titles published each month around Greater Jakarta last year, while in 2006, about 10,000 new titles were published. About 60 percent of nationwide book publishing and distribution is around Greater Jakarta. Wien, who is also a librarian at the National Education Library, said publishers depended on large bookstores and distribution networks, forcing publishers to offer discounts of up to 50 percent to distributors. "This matter may...