Actress and the ambassador of the anti-violence against women and children campaign, Cinta Laura Kiehl, left, and KPPPA's spokesman Pribudiarta Nur Sitepu, center, at the launch of the 'I-Perempuan dan Anak' library app in Jakarta on Monday. (JG Photo/Diana Mariska)

Keeping Up With the Times: Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry Launches Library App


DECEMBER 10, 2019

Jakarta. The Women Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, or KPPPA, has launched a library application called "I-Perempuan dan Anak," or "i-Women and Children," to try to get more Indonesians to read books.

Ratna Oeni Cholifah, KPPPA's head of public relations, said only 601 people visited the ministry's library last year, an alarming number that shows a lack of interest in reading physical books. On the other hand, the number of active internet users in Indonesia has almost reached 145 million.

This huge gap and the potential it brings are the reason behind the library app, KPPPA spokesman Pribudiarta Nur Sitepu said.

"We have to accept that so few are visiting our [brick-and-mortar] library. On the other hand, we also understand that millions of Indonesians use the internet every day. We think a library app has a lot of potentials," Pribudiarta said.

He said the younger generation tends to lose interest quickly when reading books and then turn to their gadget instead. The library app, he said, will encourage millennials to read more books on their gadget.

Pribudiarta said the ministry hoped the app would make information more accessible for more people and increase interest in reading.

The library app is designed by the KPPPA in collaboration with Aksaramaya, an e-book reader producer.

Out of more than 6,000 books in the ministry library's collection, around 1,200 have been digitalized. Eventually, the whole collection will be available on the library app.