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Indonesian book giant turns to tech to fight piracy

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In this article: Eka Kurniawan

Written by Randy Mulyanto
Originally published in Nikkei Asia.

Jan 06, 2024
Indonesian conglomerate Kompas Gramedia's book publishing unit is optimistic that blockchain technology can help it fight persistent online content piracy, as it also works to overcome challenges including lifting reading levels and reducing regional pricing discrepancies in the sprawling island nation.

The company's storied history began in 1963, and six decades later it has eight business pillars: retail and publishing; media; education; event and venue; printing and packaging; property; hospitality; and digital. It has a network of over 100 Gramedia stores selling books and other goods including stationary across Southeast Asia's largest economy.

Adi Ekatama, publishing director of the company's Group of Retail & Publishing (GoRP) division, is responsible for six book publishers including Gramedia Pustaka Utama (GPU) -- the largest and oldest and which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in March. It has produced over 25,000 books since its founding in 1974.

GoRP published 1,865 books last year -- compared to 1,912 titles throughout 2022.

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