By Yi Yi Myint
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint met with the editorial team publishing the new Myanmar Encyclopedia and 100 Myanmar Classics at Sarpay Beikman on Merchant Street in Yangon yesterday morning.
At the meeting, Printing and Publishing Department Deputy Director-General and Sarpay Beikman editorial team members explained about the status of the ongoing work, and the Union Minister remarked on the explanations that were presented.
The meeting was attended by departmental heads from the Ministry of Information, officials and the Sarpay Beikman editorial team.
On the matter of publishing the new Myanmar Encyclopedia, Sarpay Beikman Chief Editor U Soe Myint Than said, “The Union Minister had given guidance on resolving some issues, and it is for this that the meeting was held. Efforts are being made toward publishing the first volume in September. It will be different from the previous encyclopedia. The previous one was published in 1954, so much time has passed. As it was more than 60 to 70 years ago, new topics will be included in the new one. Topics and subjects to be included are being discussed with experts, so it will be factual and accurate, and will be up to current encyclopedia standards. The concept of publishing the Myanmar Encyclopedia began in November 2016 and the actual work was started in February 2017. Those who had prepared the earlier encyclopedia are no longer around. We are starting from scratch and we are still setting up the format. Once the difficulties are overcome and the first volume published, subsequent volumes will follow quickly.”
The steering committee to republish the Myanmar Encyclopedia includes nine experts. Also, the consultant group has 19 members, and the editorial team has ten members. The Sarpay Beikman editorial team, Tun Commercial Foundation editorial team, three staff members from the Information and Public Relations Department copyright section and three literature assistants are also participating in the process, while 124 subjects and topic specialists are providing support.
Regarding the project, the 100 Myanmar Classics publishing committee’s secretary, U Zeya, said, “Three novels for 100 Myanmar Classics volume 1 were selected in this meeting. The are ready to be printed, and 81 novels are being pre-selected for volumes 2 and 3. The novels are epics from past eras to date. Poems, short stories, plays and essays will follow the novel. Novels will be up to 16 or 17 volumes and the plan is to publish two volumes a month. Each volume will have about 500 to 600 pages. Volumes 1 and 2 are ready. Also, novel volumes will be published this year.”
Regarding copyrights, a fee of 15 per cent will be allocated to the author or family member of the author, and 5 per cent to the editorial team and selection team.