Research reveals opportunities for Australian trade publishers in Indonesia, India, Malaysia

Cultural Fund

Dr Nathan Hollier, Publisher and CEO at Melbourne University Publishing (formerly Director at Monash University Publishing) was the 2018 recipient of the Copyright Agency’s Publisher Fellowship.

Nathan’s research project focused on the opportunities and obstacles for book publishing in Asia Pacific markets, traveling to International Book Fairs in Jakarta, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur while also exploring partnerships with publishers and industry professionals.

The Fellowship enabled me to become an expert, within the Australian context, on publishing in Indonesia, India and Malaysia. As part of that, the grant enabled me to build and/or develop further professional relationships with industry participants in these territories.

Nathan Hollier with Kartika Nugrahini from Ombak Publishers in Yogyakarta

To operate effectively in the markets of Malaysia, Indonesia and India, we need some understanding of local conditions, beliefs, and ways of thinking, and to work on building relationships of mutual respect with people in these nations, willing to meet us, get to know us, and do business with us. Many such people do exist, in all of these nations. It has been a great privilege to get to know, and to start to do business, with some of them.

Copyright Agency CEO, Adam Suckling, said, “The Publisher Fellowships support the pursuit of innovation and advanced learning from global experiences which can deliver benefits to the Australian publishing sector.”

Read Nathan’s report on his Fellowship on the Copyright Agency’s website.

The Copyright Agency Publisher Fellowships were first awarded in 2014 and have supported twelve individuals to research projects that further enhance their field of interest as well as the Australian publishing industry.

Recent reports include:
Justin Ractliffe 2019 Publisher Fellow: INSTINCT, INPUT AND INSIGHT: Reader-centricity in publishing.
Read more Publisher Fellow reports on the Copyright Agency’s website.

Main photo: Nathan Hollier and Ravi Singh from Speaking Tiger at the New Delhi World Book Fair, January 2019. Image supplied.

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