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Indonesian Publishing Association reports an upturn in domestic market.

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Indonesian publishers are enjoying an industry renaissance with 6000 books published in 2003, breaking the previous record of 5000 from 1997.

At a press conference to mark National Book Day a spokesperson for the Indonesian Publishing Association (IKAPI) said that the increase was mainly due to public demand thanks to the country's economic recovery. IKAPI also said that in 2004 it hoped the industry would 'publish some 7,000 titles'.

Two titles, 'Jakarta Under Cover' by Moammar Emka and the biography of Muslim preacher Abdullah "Aa Gym" Gymnastiar 'Apa Adanya' (Just the Way I am) managed to sell over 100,000 copies. IKAPI considers a book that sells 5000 copies a bestseller.

IKAPI also announced that its membership had increased from 450 in 2003 to 565 in 2004. The organisation is to donate books to local libraries and reading groups to celebrate National Book Day, reports the Jakarta Post.
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