The Troubled Malaysian Book Trade and its Possible Recovery


2020 WAS SUPPOSED to be a robust year for the Malaysian book trade, but that is not to be. The Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (KLIBF) was postponed by several months as Covid-19 cases mounted. Just a week after the announcement, events that were scheduled to commemorate KL’s designation as UNESCO’s World Book Capital were halted by the Movement Control Order (MCO)2. Malaysia’s book trade is an ecosystem that depends on the interaction of each of its individual components. At first glance, it seems to be a simple transaction between the author and the reader. But behind this is a web ...

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