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The Malaysian eBook Market
Report delivered by the Universiti Malaya eBook Research Group at the ASEAN eBook Conference 4-5 Dec, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur
The following report was delivered by Mr Poh Swee Hiang on behalf of the group.
It is still early days for digital publishing in Malaysia and current development is driven by a few key players and government initiatives especially in the education area.
The highest demand for ebooks come from educational institutions. As in other countries, Malaysian publishers are faced with a number of challenges in the digital world including copyright issues and the role of traditional publishing.
There are 3 local ebookstores:
Xentral Method: e-sentral.com
(commenced Oct 2011)
Number of local titles: 1800
MPH Digital: mphdigital.my
Number of local titles: <100
Number of local titles: 200
Total titles: >500,000
Pricing of local ebooks
On average, 20-30% cheaper than print
Largest group of ebook users are Institutions of higher learning
Universiti Malaya 25,000
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 17,000
Asia e University 30,000
The Libraries of Universities in Malaysia have formed a network together with the National Library to form the Malaysia Online eResources Consortium (MOLEC). The aim is to expand access to electronic resources in the country.
The National Library of Malaysia has an ebook lending section with access to ebooks from state libraries as well as from Overdrive, Britannica Library Edition, ebrary, EBScoHost ebook collection, Credo Reference, Zinio and World e-book Library.
Create a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) under the 1BestariNet etextbooks project.
The Centralised Customised Education and Learning Exchange (CELEX) portal, a Digital Malaysia project. Digital Malaysia is a national programme aimed at advancing the country towards a developed digital economy by 2020.
- Compatibility of e-readers and devices
- Copyright and security issues
- Ebook solution providers are becoming publishers and are dominating the ebook market
- Role of conventional publishers in the digital and self-publishing world
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