Co-Publishing Deals Forged among ASEAN Publishers to Boost Industry
Book publishers from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations are working together to learn industry best practices to give the book industry its much-needed boost.
Top officials of the ASEAN Book Publishers Association (ABPA) were in the country recently for their annual organizational meeting and for their visit in an international book fair to meet with colleagues in the industry. ABPA is a recognized entity in ASEAN, and is composed of heads of national book publisher associations in the region.
Atty. Dominador D. Buhain, 2007-09 ABPA chairman and president of the Rex Group of Companies, said that one of the thrusts of the current board is to promote co-publishing to enhance the ASEAN book publishing industry and to bring down the cost of publishing.
"Since the inception of the association in 2005, we have been interacting to learn the conditions in each of our country," said Buhain.
The industry association lamented that many of the books used in schools in the region come from the United States or Europe when there are equally good titles available in the region.
"If we consider ASEAN as an economic bloc, we can reverse this trend of having to import from the US," said Triena Noeline Ong, president of the Singapore Book Publishers Association.
"Book publishers in the region cannot rely on a single market to expand its business," said Sonia Santiago, deputy secretary general for international affairs of ABPA. …