The Book Federation of Cambodia

Study Tour Summary

1. Book Show

Book Show (Book Exhibition)
The 34th Books Show lasted for twelve days - from 29 March to 9 April 2006. The Show was at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. This event was joined by 390 Publishers and financed by: The Stock Exchange of Thailand, Thai Paper Company Limited, Thailand Post Company Limited, and Digital Entertainment Company Limited.

This Book Show was organized by PUBAT in the aim of drawing the attention of people from all walks of life in Thailand to reading books and continuing to read. The Show was open from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. At the Show, a lot more people came to see and buy books than we expected. We hope that more and more Cambodian people will enjoy reading because the number of printing houses is increasing, and someday we will be able to organize such an event in our neighbouring country.

2. Meeting with Book Publishers of ASEAN

This meeting, organized by ASEAN Book Publishers through Association in Bangkok, was attended by representatives from Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. This meeting was held from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm with the theme "Mutual Understanding for ASEAN Translation".

There were two distinct points of view: Some people wanted to have books translated from one native language into another foreign language, while others wanted to have books translated into English only rather than translated into many languages. Another problem was where to get the budget to support the translations. Some participants said the governments should help, whereas some said the private sector should. The meeting did not reach any breakthroughs but it was an initial exchange of ideas. However, the meeting agreed on an slogan: "The Book is the Best Embassy".

3. Visits to printing houses

In our visits to these printing houses, we intended to find out and learn about ways to produce cheap but good quality books for Cambodia. After meeting with the managers of several printing houses, we received some recommendations follows:

Our conclusion is that the human resources and the number of books to be printed were the fundamental factors for producing good quality but cheap books.

4. Visits to Book publishers

The Group visited Nanmee Books 31 March 2006. A publisher with 30 years of experience, Nanmee translates 200 books every year into the Thai language.

Ms. Ouey Chit Bunnath, the Rights Manager, said that before the company translates a book the company has to buy the rights of the foreign publisher and negotiate the price. She noted that the cost of the copyrights was usually 6% of the price on the price tag stick on the books for sales. Our objectives during the short visit were: