Various national media outlets estimated that only less than 18,000 books are published in Indonesia per year. Indeed, the numbers are very low when compared to other countries like India with 60,000 books published per year, or China with 140,000 books published per year. Quoted by, Hikmat Kurnia, the chairman of 2012 Jakarta Book Fair, said that the number of book publication in Indonesia is nearly the same with Vietnam and Malaysia. “But Vietnam and Malaysia have less population than Indonesia. As such, the production of books in Indonesia is still low,” He added.

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