Introducing Indonesia and its Creative Content

Introducing Indonesia and its Creative Content

11 Apr 2018, 17:30 - 18:30

The Cross-Cultural Hub

As the fourth largest country in the world, it’s unsurprising that Indonesia is the largest producer of books in Southeast Asia (and a large consumer of foreign titles as well). But what might be a revelation for the international market is the quality of the content produced, a fact borne out by heady growth in the sale of rights to Indonesian books. Leading the pack in terms of sales are children’s books, cookbooks, literary titles, and books on the subjects of fashion, design, Islam, and politics. Indonesia will, through publishing incentives and an extensive cultural programme, be making a concerted effort to introduce the country’s “17,000 Islands of Imagination” to the international public and, especially, Great Britain. Three leading players in Indonesia’s effort to introduce Indonesian creativity to the world will discuss the country’s publishing industry and book-buying trends as well as the reasons behind Indonesia’s ascent in Asia’s publishing world.


  • John McGlynn



    Lontar Foundation

    Supervisor of the Translation- and Literary-Funding Programs of Indonesia’s National Book Committee, is a co-founder of the Lontar Foundation through...

  • Laura Prinsloo



    Indonesia’s National Book Committee

    Head of Indonesia’s National Book Committee, is the Managing Director of Kesaint Blanc, a publishing and printing house in Indonesia.

  • Phillip Y. Kim


    Managing Editor

    Asia Literary Review

    Phillip Y Kim is Managing Editor of the Asia Literary Review. He is the author of Nothing Gained, a novel published by the Penguin Random House Book...

  • Ricky Pesik


    Vice Chairman

    BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif Indonesia)

    Ricky Pesik, Vice Chairman of BEKRAF (Badan Ekonomi Kreatif Indonesia), Indonesia’s agency for the promotion of the nation’s creative economy, began...

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