Fictional novel is a popular genre in Malaysia. Many Malaysian writers and publishers are getting involved in the production of works in this genre due to its strong market and high reader demand. This paper examines trends in Malay novels authorship and publication between 2001 and 2005. The Malaysian National Library database, containing all titles obtained under the Deposit of Printed Materials Act is used for this study. A list of Malay novel titles is extracted from this database, and this list is then analysed to demonstrate developments in publishing output, types of Malay novels, and profiles of writers and publishers.
Keywords: publishing, novels, Malaysia, books, Malay literature
* Diterbitkan dalam Jurnal Pengajian Media Malaysia, 2007.