|The HCM City Pedestrian Book Street in District 1 is where publications are introduced by Việt Nam’s leading publishers and distributors. VNS Photo by Phương Mai|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – High-quality human resources are required to promote the publishing sector in Việt Nam, a conference on improving publishing heard in HCM City on Friday.
Lê Hoàng, vice chairman of the Việt Nam Publishers’ Association, said “The association’s major plan is offering training courses for young editors to improve their skills.”
He added that “Young editors are now good at information technology and foreign languages, but they lack skill in dealing with manuscripts.”
The conference, organised by the Central Commission for Publicity and Training, Ministry of Information and Communications and the association, pointed out the weakness of the Vietnamese publishing sector.
According to the Central Commission of Propaganda and Training, the number of publications was nearly 30,000 each year, an annual increase of 10-20 per cent.
However, the number of high-quality books is less.
The violation in copyright in both printed books and electronic books has still been serious.
In order to prevent these weaknesses, the commission asked local publishers and distributors to reorder the book publishing and distributing system.
The organisaition also urged them to upgrade their facilities, equipment and technology to introduce high-quality publications by Vietnamese authors to local readers and to the world.
The opening of more pedestrian book streets is necessary to promote publishing as well as reading habits among people. VNS