As we enter the last two weeks of 2016, all of us at Oyez!Books want to express our thanks to our supporters. We have a had a good year despite the many challenges facing the retail market for children's books. Of special note has been the strong support from libraries, in particular the National library, the Sutera Mall library in Johor and the Perak State library. We have been well supported by a number of retailers, including Silverfish in Bangsar, Kinokuniya in KLCC, IKA Books in Kuching, BACA reading room in Temerloh, and Precious Pages in Penang. And I would like to say thank you to the ladies who have acted as our agents selling our books, I say ladies because all of them without exception are ladies.
We have one agent in Muar who has been very active in supplying our books to kindergartens in Johor. We would welcome enquiries from anyone who might wish to promote and sell our books to schools and kindergartens.
A specialist book publisher such as Oyez! Books cannot rely on the open market for success. We have to attract corporations and foreign publishers to licence our books or buy rights to publish our books. We have been fortunate in this field with McDonald choosing four of Yusof Gajah's books for their happy meals promotion. P&G in conjunction with Tesco's licensed two of Peter Worthington's Tipee Hipee Early Readers as promotional material for P&G products. We have been successful in selling foreign rights to publishers in China, Korea, Switzerland and Germany. We will continue to focus on this sector as it bring benefits to both us and to our authors and illustrators. It must feel great for an author or an illustrator to see one of their books published in a foreign language.