About Kabar Media

Stories that Connect

Kabar Media is a publishing and communications firm based in Indonesia. Our company was founded in 2005 with the vision of creating high-quality media to share engaging stories of people and places, and we soon began to offer services that evolved from magazine publishing to strategic branding and print and video production.

Our in-house editing and design team works closely with clients and individuals to craft their stories, collaborating with writers, photographers, and artists to develop the best medium for bringing each story to life.

Our Mission

We want to amplify the voices of Southeast Asian writers and those who tell stories about this diverse and culturally rich region. Whether you write in English or dream of seeing your work translated, our team is dedicated to guiding you from the initial spark of an idea to a beautifully published book.  Every author’s journey is unique, and we’re here to support you, every step of the way. We would love to hear about your book idea and discuss how we can collaborate to bring your story to life.

Our Services

We offer comprehensive publishing services tailored to your unique journey:

Idea Development

Have an idea but not sure where to start? Our editorial team can help shape your concept into a compelling narrative.

Manuscript Guidance

From first draft to final manuscript, we provide feedback, editing, and support to ensure your unique voice shines through.

Translation Services

If you write in a language other than English, our expert translators will faithfully bring your story to an English-speaking audience.

Design and Layout

Our designers are skilled in creating visually stunning books that complement and enhance your narrative.


We make your book available in both print and digital formats.

Marketing, Launch, & Distribution

From book tours to social media campaigns, we identify effective strategies to get your book noticed. Our network of distributors can make your book available in both traditional and online bookstores worldwide.

Hard Cover

Reputation. Mission. Achievement.

Share Your Vision

An engaging publication or film creates a definitive expression of who you are as an organisation: your philosophy, vision, achievements, and the legacy you want to leave.

Let Kabar Media be your partner on your storytelling journey. Through an initial discussion we will discover whether print or film is the best medium for your story – maybe it can best be told through a multichannel campaign.

If this is the case, we can work with you to devise and execute a cross-platform strategy. We can also explore how to balance your offline and online communication in order to heighten the impact of each approach.

Publishing Services

For Authors

Share Your Story

At Kabar Media, we work with you closely to publish the story you’re burning to tell – at any stage of development and whether intended just for family and friends or to be shared with the world at large. You may work with words or perhaps you tell your stories through images — in either case, we find the medium most suited to expressing the uniqueness of your vision, whatever the genre.

For Organisations

As an organisation, your story is one of your greatest assets: it can persuade your audience, preserve your reputation, and reach out to new partners and supporters who see their values reflected in yours. We work across channels to tell stories about businesses and institutions that illuminate their purpose and present empathetic insights into their activities, getting to the heart of each organisation through research and interviews and creating text, photography, and film that memorably express their identity and ethos.

Content Development

From Concept to Final Draft

Taking communication ideas all the way from concept to conclusion, we conduct research and interviews, often translating from multiple languages, and we determine the optimal medium and type of content to be tailored to specific audiences. We work closely with clients to create targeted content strategies, developing books, factual films, informational materials, and online and offline campaigns.

Quality Production

Printing is a costly, time-consuming, and effortful process — so why not ensure the best results? At Kabar Media, we care about the details. From paper selection to pre-press, final proofs, colour grading, finishing, and binding, we oversee each print production from start to finish. This involves meticulous, in-person monitoring of the entire process, in close collaboration with our carefully selected printing partners, whether in Jakarta, Singapore, or Hong Kong.

Cross-Platform Communication

How We Can Tell Your Story

Print Publications

  • Commemorative books
  • Institutional histories
  • Biographies
  • Reports
  • Magazines
  • Company Profiles

Film & Digital

  • Documentaries (shorts and features)
  • Branded films
  • TVCs and PSAs
  • Animations and Explainers
  • Webinars and Learning Modules
  • E-books, Apps and cross-media transpositions


Ask us anything! If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, we encourage you to reach out to us directly.

Our focus is on stories from Southeast Asia or about the region, written in English or translated into English. This includes genres like travel, culture, history, contemporary and historical fiction, biographies, memoir and more. We are also interested in previously published books that could be translated into Indonesian.

Absolutely! At the moment, we can review manuscripts with an identifiable Southeast Asian theme in the following languages: English, Indonesian, German, French, Spanish. We are also interested in manuscripts on other themes that have the potential to be translated for the Indonesian market.

You can start by sending us a summary of your book idea or a sample of your manuscript through our email address. Our editorial team will review your submission and contact you to discuss the next steps.

Yes, we provide comprehensive editing and proofreading services. Our team will work closely with you to refine and polish your manuscript while preserving your unique voice and style.

Definitely. We believe that authors should have a say in how their book looks and feels. Our design team will collaborate with you to ensure the final product aligns with your vision.

We offer competitive royalties and a transparent rights agreement. Specific terms will be discussed in detail once your manuscript is accepted for publication.

The timeline varies depending on the complexity of the project, but typically, it takes 12 months from manuscript acceptance to publication. We ensure every step is taken with care and quality.

Yes, we offer marketing and launch support tailored to each book. This includes book tours, social media promotion, press releases and more, to ensure your book reaches the widest possible audience.

We have a network of distribution channels to ensure your book is available to readers worldwide, both in print and digital formats.

We work closely with authors to find the best ways to fund the publication and marketing of their books. Some publications are entirely or partially funded by the author, some use hybrid sources of funding, and some are backed by us. If you don’t feel financially secure enough to fund your own book, we understand – you’ve been busy writing! If it’s a manuscript we’re passionate about, we’ll find a way.

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