This article is a very positive and encouraging article to read. Indonesia is going to be the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015, which means the country has significantly caught the attention of the publishing world. The organisers of the Book Fair see that Indonesia has huge potential, especially in the education sector. “Since 2003 the Indonesian government has spent 20% of its national budget on education, also investing in digital textbooks. In 2011 this amounted to a sum of 21.5 billion Euros. The Indonesian economy presented a growth rate of 6.5% in 2012.” These are encouraging statistics that signify positive progress in the Indonesian publishing industry.
According to this article, “There are about 1,000 active publishing houses in Indonesia and more than 260 of their publications have been translated into the English language altogether.” That’s quite interesting as it means the rest of the world is learning more about Indonesia through the wonderful tradition of reading books.
Indonesia is an interesting country. It is home to the biggest Muslim community worldwide, while other religions and faiths live side by side, including Christians, Hindus, Buddhist and followers of nature religions. “It is host to more than 300 ethnic groups and at least as many languages.” With so many ethnic groups contained in their country, it’s no wonder the rest of the world is intrigued by this democratic nation and are taking steps to learn more.