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Illegally printed books hurt sales of originals

Update: September, 15/2015 - 10:16
Libraries have attracted an increasing number of book lovers in the country. Illegally printed books have flooded the market and have seriously affected the sale of original editions. — VNS Photo Doan Tung

HA NOI (VNS) — Illegally printed books have flooded the market and have seriously affected the sale of original editions, officials said.

According to Nguyen Van Phuoc, director of Tri Viet (First News) Book Company, statistics in Ha Noi and other northern provinces showed that only one out of six popular books such as Dac Nhan Tam (How to win friends and influence people) and Hat Giong Tam Hon (Chicken's soup for the soul) are genuine editions.

Tu Thu Lanh Dao (How to become leaders) was available on the black market before Thai Ha Books Joint Stock Company, who purchased copyright, were even able to print it.

Surveys conducted by Education Publishing House found that in many southern provinces thousands of books of their books were being illegally printed and were on sale at bookstores.

Phuoc, director of First News, said whenever a copyrighted book becomes popular it is copied by others publishers for printing, which cheats consumers.

Vu Ba Hoa, general director of South Books and Educational Equipment Joint Stock Company, said businesses engaged in trading fake books often buy a small number of original editions and then mix the genuine editions with illegally printed books before distributing them to bookstores.

Many publishers have blamed weak sanctions, mainly administrative fines, imposed on companies for copyright violations for the rise of fake books.

Many publishing houses don't sue printing houses that violate copyright due to the cumbersome procedures.

Nguyen Kiem, deputy chairman of Viet Nam Publishers' Association, suggested that it was necessary to confiscate fake books and withdraw licenses from printing houses who violated copyright.

Stricter punishment should be imposed on these printing houses, he said, adding that the highest fine for this kind of violation of VND40 million (US$1,780) was insufficient.

Many publishing houses have spread the name of printing houses who violate via the media to help readers avoid buying fake books. Some publishers have found ways to distinguish genuine books from fake ones by using anti-counterfeit stamps.

However, insiders say a combination of using anti-counterfeit stamps and using quality paper is also effective.

Tre (Youth) Publishing House has a unique solution. A special stamp will be attached to their books with a code. Readers can use that code to check the origin of the product by sending a message to the switchboard or sign in on the publishing house's web site. — VNS

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