Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The book pirates of Peru: Boon or Bane?

Book piracy exists all over Latin America and the developing world, but any editor with regional experience will tell you that Peru’s problem is both profound and unique. The combined economic impact of the informal publishing industry is roughly equal to that of their legitimate counterparts. Pirated books printed in Lima are shipped all over the country, and have been seen in Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and as far away as Argentina. Here, an authorised edition of a Charlaine Harris novel on sale in Lima bookstore underscores the gravity of the situation. The red sticker reads “Buy Original”. Most new books printed in Peru carry similar appeals.

Please read more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/gallery/2010/jan/18/book-pirates-peru?picture=358180760


Lee Ee Leen said...

Book piracy? it'll *never* ever happen in Malaysia :/


A Bookaholic said...

Hey Ee Leen! Thx for stopping by :) Yeah...dun think it'll ever happen...


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