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Publishing books in Khmer

Sipar’s mission is to support the Cambodian publishing sector by training human resources in different professions and to offer Cambodian children, teachers, educators and the general public, a rich range of quality books corresponding to their needs and tastes.

The publishing sector is weak in Cambodia: the offer only consists of illustrated tales for young children and the quality, both in content and presentation of most of the books released in Khmer, is underdeveloped and has room to grow. Moreover, the different professions related to the publishing sector are not enhanced in Cambodian society.

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In 2000, Sipar launched a Publishing Program aimed at producing educational and fiction books in Khmer. Based in Phnom Penh, a dedicated team, active and well trained by international publishing specialists, works on each book production  line: testing topics, editorial conception, text writing, text translation, correction, layout, publishing, promotion and distribution.

In each of its publications, Sipar’s editorial team guarantees :

  • Top quality Khmer
  • Easy to read Khmer writing
  • Books adapted to the reading levels indicated
  • Documentaries created in collaboration with experts in the field
  • Beautiful illustrations
  • Field-tested books
  • Non-gendered titles that encourage the inclusion of people perceived as “different”

Each book that has been published is made available thanks to the support of sponsors, foundations, companies and institutions that enthusiastically support Sipar in its will to publish and distribute more and more books aimed at young Cambodians and also to adults now.

Some copies are distributed free of charge to libraries and other reading services supported by Sipar, while other copies are offered for sale to other NGOs and bookstores in order to contribute to the development of the programms. But in order to take the living standards of the majority of Cambodians into consideration, a very low sales price has been set so that as many people as possible can have access to books : but revenues do not cover the price of production.

Since 2000 …

  • 2 300 000 copies printed
  • More than 180 titles published
  • And already more than 80 training schemes offered in the  various professions (graphic designers, illustrators, writers, translators, artistic directors…)

Sipar Books

Download the SIPAR EDITION catalogue

16 collections designed to meet the needs of everyone, adapted to each age range and each level of reading

6 collections for children aged 1 to 7 years old
Cloth books, First Picture Book, Picture Book, Let's read, Let's learn and First Stories

Books for very young children with simple and realistic pictures, bright colours, laminated paper, in a format designed for small hands. It’s through the early use of books, shared with a parent, that the child appropriates the object and develops his language.

Edition Sipar My favorite fruitsPicture book Mon imagier Edition SiparLet's learn J'apprends Edition SiparLet's read Première lecture Edition SiparPremières histoires First stories Edtion Sipar

3 collections for children and young people from 8 to 16 years old

I would like to read, I Can read and Youth Literature

A collection of books to give a taste for reading in primary and secondary schools. Illustrated fiction texts, adapted to the readers’ level to develop reading skills. Cambodian and international authors and illustrators to enrich the young readers’ imaginations.

Je voudrais Lire collection Sipar en khmerJe peux lire collection Sipar en khmerCollection littérature Sipar Le Petit prince en khmer

2 collections of documentary works for young people from 8 to 16 years old

Discover…, I would like to know ..., I would like to know scenes...

Books which satisfy most young people’s curiosity and need for knowledge. Unique works created by Cambodians to help readers discover the history, nature and environment of their country. In-depth documentation produced together with specialists and a presentation designed with a pedagogy that facilitates access to content.

Angkor Edition SiparI would like to khnow Je voudrais savoir Edition Sipar en khmerSipar ScenesDiscovery rabies - Institut pasteur

2 collections for teens - Ages 14 and up

Khmer literature and comics

L'année du lièvre de Tian édition en khmer SiparYear of hare tome 2 - TianYear of hare tome 3 - Tian

3 collections for adults

« Life skills, the professions and off-series

This collection touches on concrete subjects from everyday life : agricultural subjects (livestock farming or market gardening), health (nutrition, dental care, care during pregnancy, sexual hygiene …), work (creating ones own small business, finding work). Business (job readiness, micro company). It aims to help improve living conditions for urban as well as rural populations. It offers them simple instructions to diversify their culture, their food, their sources of income or their lifestyle. The special collection addresses topics of interest such as geopolitics.

Career in beauty SiparLife skill Vie pratique Edition SiparCollection facile à faire Sipar en khmer

SIPAR BOOKS in English and in Khmer

Prizes and awards obtained

Sipar’s books have been awarded numerous prizes :

  • In 2019: one of 4 books dealing with disability “Leaksmee can run and jump, yet …” was awarded the IBBY prize for the best book about disability. The book was presented at the Bologna book fair in April.
  • In 2018: “Sothik, a confiscated childhood” and “Panchatantra” won respectively the Best Author and Best Translation Awards.
  • In 2016:  the title “I love my clothes” was awarded the prize of honour for the best translation
  • In 2011: during the international IBBY-Asahi event (international book fair in Bologna, Italy); Sipar was awarded the prize for the best initiative in terms of promoting reading.


Contact us

  • 16 rue Champ Lagarde
  • 78 000 Versailles

  • 33 (0)1 39 02 32 52


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  • 9 street 334 - Po Box 31
  • Phnom Penh

  • 855 (0)10 200 740


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