Policies and Measures Supporting the Development of Book Industry

Ministry of Education and Culture
Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency
Ministry of Trade
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Some policies and measures that support the development of books and publishing industries are:
1. Law 3 of 2017 on the Book System;
2. Participation in the 2019 London Book Fair;
3. Ubud Writers and Readers Festival;
4. Makassar International Writers Festival;
5. Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF); and
6. Jakarta International Literary Festival.

To ensure the availability of quality, inexpensive, and evenly distributed books and also to build and enhance the literacy culture of the Indonesian people, Law 3 of 2017 on the Book System was enacted. This law regulates the book system management that can be accounted for in a comprehensive and integrated manner, which includes the acquisition of manuscripts, publishing, printing, electronic book development, distribution, use, supply, and supervision of books. General rights and obligations of editors, designers, illustrators, printers, printing, electronic book developers, publishers, publishing and bookstores are also set out in this law. One of the articles in this law that supports the book industry in relation to foreigners states that the publication of books by foreign parties in Indonesia shall be done in collaboration with publishers established and owned by Indonesian citizens.

The book industry accounts for 6.29 percent of GDP. Government support for the book industry is realized through the facilitation of Indonesia's participation in international book fairs, including the London Book Fair. Indonesia is the focus of the 2019 London Book Fair with the theme "17,000 Imaginary Islands" which symbolizes the intellectual, cultural and artistic wealth of this diverse and multi-religious country. Copyright for 23 book titles was sold at this event. In addition, there were agreements with five international distributors from Britain, Europe and the United States to distribute Indonesian books which have already been translated into English to America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia and India.

Annual events to develop the book industry that have been reported in the previous QPR remain to be held, such as the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and the Makassar International Writers Festival. The Indonesia Partnership Program (IPP), a programme under the 2019 Indonesia International Book Fair (IIBF), has sold 42 titles of books to be published in foreign languages. The Jakarta International Literary Festival was held for the first time in 2019 and aims to introduce and enhance collaboration among writers and publishers from within and outside the country, especially from the South-South countries.

In general, the policies and measures that support the development of books and publishing industries are aimed at contributing to the realization of the following National Strategy for Culture (see Goal 1, Main Policies and Measures that Contain Strategies and Frameworks for the Development of the Integrated Cultural and Creative Economy Sector):
1. Provide space for the diversity of cultural expressions and encourage cultural interaction to strengthen the inclusiveness of culture (Agenda 1);
2. Develop and utilize cultural resources to strengthen the position of Indonesia internationally (Agenda 3);
3. Utilize advancement of culture objects to improve people welfare (Agenda 4);
4. Institutional reform and cultural budgeting to support the advancement of culture agenda (Agenda 6); and
5. Strengthen the role of government as facilitator in the advancement of culture (Agenda 7).

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