eBook Lending Soars in Airport

KLIA and klia2 eBook via bluetooth beacon disburse more than 40 thousand borrowings

IMG_3322 (1)Cyberjaya, 3rd February 2017 – KLIA and klia2 launched a free service allowing passengers to download eBooks and bring with them on flights in the month of May last year.

Ever since launched, until end of 2016, the service have distributed more than 40 thousand eBooks to passengers from all corners of the world, and still continuing to grow.

This is an astonishing achievement and a proof that Internet of Things actually benefits our lifestyle. Imagine doing this with printed books? The cost, the mess, the logistics, it will be impossible. With the infrastructure in place at KLIA and klia2, thousands of ebooks have been distributed without making a sound or fuss”, says Faiz Al-Shahab from e-Sentral, the company behind the facility at KLIA and klia2.

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KLIA Satellite






From data shared, passengers of all sorts of nationalities have been using the eBook borrowing system, with obviously Malaysians being the majority users. Novels, travel and political ebooks are also the revealed as the most popular genre picked by passengers.

We also have equally same amount of ebook lend outs between KLIA and klia2, although klia2 have a higher traffic for passengers. This is probably because klia2 caters more quick stop and short trip passengers who have lesser time before and after flights, if compared to KLIA passengers”, explains Faiz.

This facility which consists of 80 eBook beacons with 50meters radius fencing strategically placed at locations of the airports marked with flags and instructions, is considered the first Internet of Things infrastructure of its kind in the world. Currently, travelers in KLIA have a choice of more than 400 ebook titles ranging from all sorts of categories. Once the ebooks are downloaded, the passenger can use the ebooks for their waiting time and air travel. Each passengers are entitled to borrow up to two titles for a duration of two days.

This ebook rental via Bluetooth beacon facility is a partnership effort between e-Sentral.com (Xentral Methods Sdn Bhd), Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), and Perbadanan Kota Buku.

More info : www.e-sentral.com/fez

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End of IDPF, Start of a New Era for Digital Publishing Standards


Finally, International Digital Publishing Forum, or known as IDPF, has been absorbed into W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) as Publishing@W3C. The end of IDPF as a stand alone organisation ended the eBook standards early days journey which commence in 1999 with introduction of Open eBook Publication Structure (OEB) that later on contributed to the EPUB standards (which was governed by IDPF). This evolution in the journey of digital publishing standards is inevitable due to modern eBooks mimicking too much of the web. After all, the core of modern eBooks is HTML, and also perhaps other web technologies.

We at e-Sentral welcome any progressive change which can take digital publishing and EPUB standards to the next level. Whether if eBooks of the future will still maintain the looks of a traditional book or will blend with looks of the web is actually a secondary matter, what is important is that eBooks will better spell digital content for users.


Part III – of a continuing series

By Faiz Al-Shahab

I remembered my childhood days living in England, where my family were the very few coloured existence in the suburb of Salford city. From time to time, we make our way to the city of Manchester to meet up with the Malaysian community, the only chance we get to eat satay and laksa at the time. For those who never experienced living abroad in the 80’s and 90’s, Malaysian community overseas especially the students and post-grad students live modestly. They buy cheap old cars, and rent cheap homes, contrasting to their lifestyle back in Malaysia.

Evidently it is due to the exchange rate that gives Malaysian studying community overseas a smaller buying power, but it is also due to the fact that everybody’s goal was to save money and buy bone china, mini-compo, wallpaper, a car or two, and Western brand accessories, all to be fitted into a shipping container heading back to Malaysia at the end of the stay. In the meantime, standard of living abroad suffers, but it was never an issue because status and style did not come into equation amongst Malaysian community abroad, accept for the ones in London.

Bear in mind, these people in that community later on in life sat in high positions in government and corporate offices of Malaysia. Many became Secretary General and Director General of Ministries, deputies, CEO’s and MD’s of corporations, Directors, you name it.

It demonstrates that downgrading on lifestyle is perfectly fine, and we can benefit from it. Nonetheless, once in Malaysia all that is put aside.

Today unfortunately, the heated topic still revolves around the dire straits situation of our economy. The bad news is, we have yet to go through the worse of it.

Nonetheless going through bad times can open up to new opportunities and provide us reasons for changes.

We at e-Sentral urge our society and organisations be it government or corporate to take austerity measures in printing medium, to reduce expenditures. If we cannot make big changes, do the small things that we can first. Slowly slowly catche monkey. By making our annual publications such as annual reports, news bulletins, manuals, informative books, boss’ biographies, and company’s audit in digital book form, entities can save huge amount of yearly expenses. Many have joined the band wagon and made savings.

Of course, this comes with having to change our mind set and the way we do things too.

Running a tight ship is not for everyone, but we have to be smarter and increase our value and dignity.

This is the best time to reflect at how we can improve in doing things we have not changed in many years.

For local Universities par example, the press and publishing houses should publish more textbooks and academic materials for own consumption rather than using far more expensive foreign publications. If our lecturers and professors deem that local materials are not good enough, then there is no point to have university press and publishing houses in the first place. The local lecturers in a way are saying that their own writing is not good enough for our students. Moving ahead, there will be no room for this kind of mentality.

Tighten your seat belts. strong waves ahead! Prediction for the near future will not be so forgiving either, with fuel price forecast to go up, it will only set the left overs suits and ties of the oil and gas club back to its arrogant mode, but for other industries, austerity is still very real. So lets take the opportunity to be smart about things, and make effective spending.

Malaysia: The Inferior Nation

Malaysia: The Inferior Nation [Part II]



Chat with David Menon

Hello dedicated readers!!

For this week, we managed to interview an international author. He is an author who wrote the crime genre novel. Do you want to know, who is this author? He is David Menon. Want to know more about him? Keep reading guys.


  1. How did you write your first novel?

I have this need to write good, plausible, entertaining stories that will give people pleasure and enjoyment. I’m inspired by everything that’s going on around me, the people I meet, the daily news on television, the places I go to. They all have an impact on my writing. I write in the crime fiction genre because everyone loves a good mystery and it also allows me the greatest scope for social commentary.

  1. How did you write your first novel?

On large pads of writing paper using a pen. I know that some writers prefer to do it this way but now I write everything on my computer which is so much easier. Except for when I’m making notes of course and for that I go back to using pads.

  1. What is your favorite food?

Indian garlic chicken with pilau rice and a garlic naan bread.

     4.What is your favorite novel?

My favourite novel of all genres is ‘The Gift of Rain’ by the Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng. It is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read and it has a gripping story-line that made me guess over and over again and which hasn’t left me even though it’s been many months since I read it. An absolutely fantastic book. My favourite novel in my own crime genre is ‘The Mermaid’s Singing’ by Val McDermid.

    5. Who is your favorite author?

The British crime writer Val McDermid. For me she is the boss of crime writers and whenever a book of hers comes out I devour it as quickly as I can. There are other crime writers I like including Peter Robinson and the Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridasson but Val is the number one for me.

6. Do you have a pet?

No I don’t have a pet and that makes me very sad because I’d love to have a dog. I’d like a really big dog like a Labrador or an Alsatian. But the thing is I travel so much that it wouldn’t be fair on the dog to keep on leaving it and it would break my heart too.

7. If you are given a chance to travel for free, where would it be? Why?

I would go to the Malaysian island of Langkawi. In fact I’m going there in January for my second visit and I can’t wait. I feel the most incredible sense of peace when I’m there and it’s a welcome break from this increasingly insane world we’re living in.

8. Do you have any plan on your upcoming books? Briefly tell your readers on what will it be about?

I’m currently working on the 8th book in the DSI Jeff Barton series which is called ‘Landslide’ and which will be out on 28th December. I’m also working on a stand alone crime novel and also the third in my series featuring private investigator Stephanie Marshall and set in Sydney, Australia.

9. Do you have any message to your readers?

My message to my readers is one of thanks and appreciation for enjoying that I do. I’m very grateful for their continuing support and I’ll keep on working hard to give you the best and most intriguing stories that I can.

10. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I tend to write best in the afternoon and evenings, often until the small hours after midnight. I use the mornings to do my admin stuff and to look after my flat, shopping etc.

11. What is your favorite quote?

‘I have nothing to declare except my intellect’ by Oscar Wilde.


That is all from us in this interview. We wish you all the best for your career! Keep writing and we love you!

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For those who are looking for his eBook, you can get it here:




Sejenak Bersama Ahadiat Akashah

Salah satu hasil karya Ahadiat Akashah

1. Siapa yang memberi inspirasi untuk Ahadiat Akashah menulis?

Inspirasi saya yang sebenar adalah lingkungan kehidupan saya semasa kecil yang diasuh dengan buku oleh pak cik saya Marwilis Haji Yusof yang juga merupakan seorang penulis terkenal dan merupakan insan pertama yang mengesan bakat saya dan memberi kepercayaan dengan menerbitkan novel sulung saya ‘Budak Setan’. 

2. Apa makanan kegemaran Ahadiat Akashah?

Terlalu banyak untuk disenaraikan sehingga boleh menjadi novel tetapi yang ketara pastinya masakan kampung yang pedas-pedas.

3.  Siapakah penulis kegemaran Ahadiat Akashah? (tak kisah luar negara or dalam negara)

Sidney Sheldon yang merupakan penulis rujuk di dalam kebanyakan karya saya.

4. Apakah novel kegemaran Ahadiat Akashah? (tak kisah luar negara or dalam negara)

If Tomorrow Comes – Sidney Sheldon

  5. Ada haiwan peliharaan tak di rumah?

Pelbagai spesis burung dan tupai yang saban pagi berkeliaran di persekitaran rumah saya yang terperosok di kawasan hutan di mana sudah menjadi habit saya dan famili sering longgokkan ‘mereka’ makanan.

6. Jika anda diberi peluang untuk melancong secara percuma, ke manakah Ahadiat Akashah mahu pergi dan mengapa? 

Lembah Andes untuk menyelusuri sejarah peninggalan suku kaum Inca yang pernah dikagumi kehebatan mereka suatu waktu dahulu.

7. Apakah novel baru yang bakal diterbitkan oleh Ahadiat Akashah? Boleh ceritakan sedikit mengenai novel tersebut?

Mungkin ingin menyambung perjalanan kisah ‘Joni Togo’ atau menjawab persoalan di dalam novel ‘Resepi Dari Kubur’ yang masih kabur menurut mereka yang pernah membacanya.

8. Apakah pesanan Ahadiat Akashah kepada pembaca di luar?

Perlu berani, jangan terlalu memberi, terutama dalam merelakan kedai buku menjolikan karya kita sehingga memeras dengan diskaun yang membunuh sehingga ada sanggup yang tawarkan 60% – 70% diskaun.  Di mana harga kita?!  Begitu juga dengan penerbit buku yang sanggup beri percuma kepada syarikat produksi filem atau drama yang memeras dengan ungkapan kalau dah keluar tv nanti jualan buku akan laris.  Tetapi, di mana letaknya nilai karya seorang penulis?  Sebab itu saya pesan penulis kerana berani katakan ‘tidak’ kepada pemeras karya sebegini.

9. Pada pandangan Ahadiat Akashah, apa istimewanya novel Ahadiat Akashah  berbanding novel lain di pasaran?

Biasa-biasa aje, mungkin kerana saya banyak menongkah arus dalam dunia penulisan novel di Malaysia dengan gaya penulisan yang lari dari kebiasaan dan muncul dengan tajuk-tajuk selamba yang menjadi trend ikutan hari ini menjadikan ia nampak istimewa, kut?  Entahlah?!

10. Dari mana Ahadiat Akashah selalu dapatkan ilham untuk menulis? Ada yang dari pengalaman sendiri ke?

Dari persekitaran keliling yang berlaku seharian di dalam masyarakat di Malaysia.  Sebab itu tema novel saya mencakupi semua aspek dan terlalu straight forward dengan membongkar segala rahsia sehingga kelihatan jelik bagi pembaca yang sopan sedangkan realiti tidak sebegitu.  Saya rasa saya dah sentuh semua warna kehidupan, dari kisah cinta, thriller, misteri, sejarah, hubungan luar biasa, gay, lesbian, ilusi dan saya sendiri tak ingat lagi coretan pembongkaran kehidupan di dalam 86 buah novel yang telah diterbitkan sepanjang 30 tahun saya menulis.

11. Apa rutin harian Ahadiat Akashah? Ada yang rare tak?

Menghantar dan menjemput anak-anak sekolah setiap hari dari pagi hingga menjelang malam sejak anak pertama bermula tahun 1998 ketika di TADIKA dan kini anak bongsu nombor empat di dalam darjah enam.  Bererti rutin ini mungkin hanya akan selesai lima tahun lagi apabila anak bongsu saya habis SPM.  Rare tak rare, ada ke bapak macam saya yang dedikasi buat kerja driver macam ni?  Hahaha.

12. Apa nasihatAhadiat Akashah kepada penulis- penulis yang masih baru dalam industri buku?

Biasa-biasa aje.

13. Apa nasihat Ahadiat Akashah kepada penulis- penulis yang masih baru dalam industri buku?

Cipta identiti sendiri.

14. Selain Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris, Apa lagi bahasa lain yang Ahadiat Akashah kuasai?

Tiada.  Kalau ada pun bahasa ‘pasar’ yang dulu sering jadi bahan serangan para pengkritik sastera terhadap gaya penulisan saya.

Kami harap Ahadiat Akashah akan sentiasa mewarnai industri penulisan dan, jika anda peminat Ahadiat Akashah yang rindu dengan tulisan- tulisan beliau, anda boleh klik dibawah

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