Southeast Asia Globe: How the digital revolution is bringing books to Cambodia’s children
Despite this apparent goodwill, though, there remains a stark dearth of reading material for young Cambodians outside of their official school textbooks. Wendy Rockett, senior communications officer for The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia programme, said the country’s fledgling children’s book publishing industry was being hampered by a lack of fundamental infrastructure.
“There isn’t a public library system, so books are either being sold in the handful of bookstores that there are in the country, or in the markets,” she said. “So there isn’t that kind of distribution system that you see in the West, where books can be sold and accessed by the public.”
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