Kota Buku is the organiser of the annual Kuala Lumpur Trade and Copyright fair and is also the lead Malaysian agency for the Bologna International Book Fair, the China Children's Book Fair in Shanghai and the Beijing Book Fair. In addition, the company also participates in other international fairs and conferences.
"There is definite synergy between Oyez!Books and Kota Buku," says Sayed Munawar, CEO of Kota Buku. "Their books are of high quality and of international standard. We are proud to be their primary agent. This is in line with our mission to promote Malaysian books internationally," he adds.
About Oyez!Books, www.oyezbookstore.com
Oyez!Books was founded in 2008 as an imprint of Integra Majujaya and is now an imprint of Integra Creative Media Sdn Bhd. The imprint focuses on children's books by Malaysian writers and illustrators although it also publishes translations of international works. Oyez! Books & Gifts is a division of the imprint that aims to promote existing intellectual properties for licensing purposes.
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About Perbadanan Kota Buku (Kota Buku) www.kotabuku.my
The Perbadanan Kota Buku, a government-linked corporation, was established in line with the aspiration of the National Book Policy. Kota Buku aims to act as a nucleus for all book-related activities and to work with stakeholders in the book industry in order to enhance the book industry in Malaysia. This includes capacity building, content trading, organising book-related activities and being a technology enabler.
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We want to add a special thank you to our authors and illustrators who have continued to produce excellent new material for us to publish. I am referring to Emila Yusof, Evi Shelvia, Heidi Shamsuddin, Lay Koon Lim, Rossiti Aishah Rashidi, Chooi Ling Keiong, Yusof Gajah, Nor Azhar Ishak, Mohd Khairul Azman Ismail. A special thank you to you all!
2017 will bring new challenges as foreign books are being increasingly dumped in Malaysia at little more than the cost price to the publishers. However, at Oyez!Books we have a special niche in that all our books are quality publications, mostly in English, and mostly written and illustrated by Malaysians. I believe we are the only publisher to specialise in this field and many of those who come across our books express surprise and pleasure in finding such books. However, having said that we are constantly exploring the foreign markets to see if we can find picture books to publish that will bring pleasure to Malaysian children. Some of these will be available next year.
On a personal note we will be welcoming Emila Yusof who will be joining us in January as our Creative Development Director. Among her other roles she will be launching our new initiative ‘Books & Gifts’. Books make the best gifts - they last a long time and can be 'used' and treasured over and over again. They can also be passed down. They reflect the values and thoughtfulness of the giver in selecting just the right books that will bring pleasure to the receiver.
Finally, I wish everyone Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!