meeting : "Do Publishers still matter?”.
15th September 2015.
talk by Trasvin Jittidecharak
When and will E-books, which is
now has 30% of worldwide book
sales, take over? Sure, everyone can
be published, but will they earn
a living from their books? Founder
of Silkworm Books and
Mekong Press, Khun Trasvin will speak to the future of books and their publishers.
Trasvin Jittidecharak is from Chiang Mai, Thailand. She earned a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in publication design from Parsons School of
Design in New York, and has since attended the Stanford Publishing
Course for Professionals as well as a publishing training course
offered by the Frankfurt Book Fair.
was active in promoting reading among children between 1986–1991. She
supported the Mobile Library project. She also co-founded a children’s
magazine, Dinosarn, in 1990.
In 1991 Trasvin founded Silkworm
Books, a general, independent publisher of English-language books on
Thailand and Southeast Asia. Silkworm Books has a reputation among the
Thai scholars and academics for editorial quality.
In 2005, with
funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Trasvin founded Mekong Press,
later Mekong Press Foundation, in 2008, in order to support publishing
activities in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and to establish a network
of publishers in the region.
Trasvin has served as a resource person
in book design and publishing at both national and regional levels for
organizations. She has served as a judge for a number of national
publication design competitions, and since 1989 has been actively
supporting adherence to copyright law in Thailand. In 2008 she became a
member of the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish
Trasvin has served as
an advisor to the board of
the Publishers and Booksellers
Association of Thailand (PUBAT) for
July 2009–June 2015. Trasvin was
the chair of the Organizing
Committee of the 30th IPA Congress, Bangkok 2015. She
was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the International
Publishers Association (IPA) for 2012–14 and 2015–17.
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