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Publications (Head: Mr Ng Kok Kiong)

The book publishing industry is undergoing major changes with the advent of e-books and new hand-held reading devices. In anticipation of this shift, ISEAS Publishing began taking steps to convert all its books and journals into electronic format several years ago. We are pleased to say that nearly all ISEAS e-books and more than 2,400 journal articles are now available electronically from our website .

Going Digital

ISEAS books are in PDF format for easy downloading to computers. However, more recently we have started to convert books into e-Pub format for devices such as the iPad. Eventually most ISEAS e-books will be available on Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad, Kobo, Mediacorp’s e-bookstore, GoogleBooks, and others.

In addition, ISEAS journal articles are widely available through databases and journal aggregators such as Proquest, Project Muse, and Ebsco. These databases are accessed by library-users all over the world. The journals are Contemporary Southeast Asia, SOJOURN: Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies and the annual review Southeast Asian Affairs.

Print versus E-book

Although print books continue to attract readers, sales of e-books have increased markedly in the past year. Much of this is due to the fact that major libraries have purchased the entire backlist of ISEAS e-books collection. Anticipating a decline in the sale of print books, ISEAS Publishing is mindful of the need to avoid waste and printing too many copies. Initial print-runs are more conservative, while allowing frequent stock replenishing by Print-on-Demand (PoD).

A New Lease of Life

Many ISEAS books that were published more than thirty years ago are now out of print. However, with digitization, we are pleased to be able to offer a new lease of life for our out-of-print books — either as a PoD print book or as an e-book. In addition, a total of fifty-four new publications and seven reprints were issued during the year under review. They were written by authors from all over the world — Southeast Asia, United States, Australia, Europe, India, and Japan.

Strategic Partners in International Publishing

For ISEAS, co-publishing continues to be a valuable and effective way of reaching a wider audience. In the year under review, twelve co-publishing partners included Stanford University Press (USA), Lit Verlag (Germany), Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Manohar (India), Chinese Heritage Centre (Singapore), Ohio University Press (USA), Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU (Singapore), Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), IDRC (Canada), and the Australian National University, amongst others. Together we co-published fourteen new titles.


Five ISEAS books were translated into seven languages:

  • Bahasa Indonesia (Nine Seasons Communication, Indonesia), The Republican Revolt: A Study of the Acehnese Rebellion, by Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin;
  • Chinese (Social Sciences Academic Press, People’s Republic of China), Southeast Asia in Search of an ASEAN Community, by Rodolfo C. Severino;
  • Vietnamese (Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam), India and Southeast Asia: Towards Security Convergence, by Sudhir T. Devare;
  • Korean (ASEAN-Korea Centre), Know Your ASEAN;
  • Khmer (Cambodian Institute for Peace and Co-operation), Know Your ASEAN;
  • Laotian (Institute of Foreign Affairs, Laos), Know Your ASEAN; and
  • Malay (IBS Buku Sdn Bhd): Malaysia: Malaya’s Secret Police 1945–60: The Role of the Special Branch in the Malayan Emergency, by Leon Comber.
Showcasing ISEAS Books

Scholars, booksellers, foreign publishers and librarians were able to see ISEAS latest books on display at academic conferences and book fairs all over the world. The major scholarly events were the Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting (Canada), ASEASUK Conference (Cambridge, UK), International Conference on Thai Studies, and the Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies. Business fairs included the Beijing Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, Indonesia International Book Fair, Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair, as well as others — totalling thirty-one events worldwide to promote ISEAS books.

ISEAS continues to be the major publisher of scholarly books on Southeast Asia, from Southeast Asia.