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29 Jul 2020

National Library PRESS Week: A Bright Future for Digital Books

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta — Since 2010, the book industry has been disrupted by developments in information technology that have changed the way people access sources of knowledge. The climate of the digital ecosystem is still bleak because there is one thing that is needed for the ecosystem to run dynamically, namely content. That is why the book industry failed to rise when it tried to respond with only technology.

The digital world cannot be happen without content. Plus, publishers don't know how to make digital books yet. Although the number of digital device users continues to increase beyond the population, publishers have not yet got their share of the digital business pie. In 2011-2013, digital books have arrived through the bundling system with tablets, but there are still few enthusiasts because there are no regulations on purchasing digital books, publishers who are still doubtful about copyright security worried about turning off printed books, and have not found a right business model.

"Digital Rights Management or DRM technology then answers this problem as well as manages digital content by means of cryptography and mobile application," added CEO Aksaramaya, Sulasmo Sudharno, on the occasion of the Webinar “Creating Work through Digital Content at National Library PRESS Week”, Wednesday (7/28).

This concept gave birth to the digital library named iPusnas which is owned by the National Library. The iPusnas application then becomes the starting point for service transformation.

This new method erodes the old tradition in which books are stored, placed on shelves, and even piled up, resulting in the content (information content) in it cannot be used by the public.

Books do have a different identity from other printed media, such as newspapers. A newspaper is limited to a time dimension and when you read it the next day it will no longer attract enthusiasm. But, books are not like that. Books can be accessed at any time.

"So it is important for publishers to have theme of sensitivity, able to sniff out issues, and have an instinct to read the future so that the books published do not get stale," said Rayyana Publishing CEO, Salim Shahab.

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