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Indonesian writers `need to establish network'

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 14 2009   /  01:35 pm

An acclaimed Indonesian writer called on the country's literary community to establish a strong writers' network to increase literature's popularity and make it more inclusive. Clara Ng, a successful young writer, said authors must utilize communication forms including the Internet to make it more accessible. Clara, who has received an Adhikarya IKAPI award for three consecutive years in 2006, 2007 and 2008, told participants at a seminar for the 2009 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival last weekend authors should use the Internet to sell. "It's not adequate to only use bookstores to sell books. "We shouldn't rely on our literary niche and promotions," she said. "Indonesians' literary capability is still quite low and they are reluctant to buy books. "They don't even want to read borrowed or free books." Clara established a virtual literary group known as...