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Publishing mission

History, as told in textbooks, leaves out much that is vital.

Areca Books has a publishing mission to produce social histories that dignify the culturally diverse peoples who make up our society. We also promote the writing of urban histories that give centrality to the places we love.

Founded in 22nd Feb 2005, Areca Books is a niche publisher based in the George Town World Heritage Site, Penang, Malaysia. A number of our publications are pioneering works on social history, biographies, cultural heritage, architecture, the environment and visual arts. Our books are well-researched and richly illustrated, appealing to general readers as well as academic researchers of Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Areca Books is also committed to building a community of authors and contributors who care about history and places of cultural significance. We recognize the importance of social memory which draws from a diverse past to enrich our common future.

Areas of Publishing
Areca Books is devoted to growing local knowledge which is of contemporary global relevance. Currently focusing on non-fiction, our areas of publishing are as follows:

Research: Rigorous investigation and interpretation of primary and secondary historical sources, including official documents, oral traditions and genealogies, newspapers, visual materials, private papers and interviews.

Documentation: Collection, collation and presentation of research findings in written and electronic formats including dedicated websites and archives.

Publication: Production of high-quality books that reflect editorial rigour, beautiful design and marketing flair, supported by exhibitions and workshops.

Areca Books took part in the London Book Fair 2015 on April 14, 15, 16 at Olympia Hall. We hope to raise the profile of Malaysian books on culture and history.

If you like what we do, consider sponsoring a book.