Focus sur l’édition sud-est asiatique à la Foire du livre de Francfort du 10 au 14 octobre 2018

A Frankfurt Debut: ASEAN Forum Highlights Publishing in Southeast Asia in Publishing Perspective
In its inaugural outing at Frankfurt Book Fair next week, the ASEAN Forum looks at both successes and challenges in a 10-market region comprising 600 million people.
New to the busy programming at the Frankfurter Buchmesse this year is its ASEAN Forum event space and its full slate of activity, sponsored primarily by the Philippines’ Rex Group and set in Hall 4.0 (B106).
The forum—here’s a PDF download of the full program—includes some 20 events staged on October 10, 11, and 12—this year’s trade visitor days at Frankfurt—all with an eye to examining the publishing and content industries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ markets.
Holding special presence in the programming are markets of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, in addition to information on areas including children’s and YA literature; academic publishing; religious publishing; and the creative industries overall. One of the key element of the program’s design is a focus on selling rights into ASEAN markets.
And there’s special energy around Malaysia in particular, as Kuala Lumpur has been designated by UNESCO to follow Sharjah as its 2020 World Book Capital.
Publishing Perspectives has had a chance to put some questions to Dominador Buhain, president of the ASEAN Book Publishers Association and the chair of the sponsoring Rex Group. We are particularly interested in the issues of the ASEAN markets, of course, in part because Publishing Perspectives participates annually in the Frankfurter Buchmesse’s producing work with StoryDrive Asia Singapore, this year scheduled for November 19 and 20.
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