Malaysia's largest digital book platform adds diversity, more Asian content


By AGENCY
  • Books
  • Thursday, 16 Mar 2023

Perbadanan Kota Buku has already forged a collaboration with PT Enam Kubuku Indonesia Digital Library, its Indonesian counterpart that provides reading materials for the National Library of Indonesia, among others. Photo: The Star/Filepic

Perbadanan Kota Buku (PKB), the country's largest digital book platform provider, will collaborate with other e-book platforms in the Asian region soon to diversify quality reading resources for the community, says its chief executive officer Adibah Omar.

She said for a start, the entity under the Ministry of Education (MOE), forged a collaboration with PT Enam Kubuku Indonesia Digital Library (Kubuku), its Indonesian counterpart that provides reading materials for the National Library of Indonesia, among others.

According to her, the collaboration creates a win-win situation for Malaysian and Indonesian publishers as it enables them to market their publications on the Kubuku and Kota Buku Digital Malaysia (KBDM) platforms which can be accessed here.

"The same initiative will be implemented with e-book platforms in Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam," she told Bernama recently.

To promote the KBDM platform and provide a conducive reading environment in schools, Adibah said PKB will collaborate with the MOE to implement the 'Mini Book City' pilot project.

She said to increase the efficiency of the user-friendly KBDM portal, PKB also established a partnership with a digital money service operator, Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd, offering financial functions and e-wallet payments for the purchase of reading materials.

The portal which also offers fiction and non-fiction reading materials including novels, comics, and children’s books, can be accessed for free.

PKB seeks to converge the entire ecosystem of the national book industry including publishing, writing, translation, and various book-related activities and facilitates the community and school students to gain access to reading materials fairly and equitably. - Bernama

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