Indonesian publishers exhibit at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019

Six Indonesian publishers are participating in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019. Representatives from publishing companies Gramedia, Kesaint Blanc, Elex Media, Yayasan Litara and Mizan, as well as literary agent Borobodur Agency, which represents smaller publishers,  are attending the world’s biggest children's book fair.

The Indonesian team is displaying more than 150 children's book titles in various categories such as folktales, fantasy, religion, to language and character building. A press release said that besides books, there were also five board games and products from Indonesian language comic series Si Juki, Indonesian-made horror game Ghost Parade, educational games brand Marbel, children's digital story book Riri, and digital content creator Hey Blo!.

Indonesia’s theme for the display is “17,000 Islands of Imagination”.

Esti Andayani, Indonesia’s ambassador to Italy, appreciated Indonesia’s participation in the book fair.

“This participation is special because it also marks the celebration of Indonesia and Italy's 70 years of diplomatic ties, with creative economy and small industry cooperation as the theme. Publishing companies hold an important element in the creative industry,” Esti said.

National Book Committee (KBN) head Laura Bangun Prinsloo said the biggest copyright sales came from children’s books.

“Meanwhile,  the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s biggest book fair, which can be a strategic market,” said Laura.

The book fair is an annual event with 1,200 participants from more than 70 countries each year.