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The Book Peddlers on Mumbai’s Streets

By posted at 10:00 am on January 12, 2013 1

Sonia Faleiro takes a look at the “book boys of Mumbai” who participate in India’s quasi-illegal pirated book market. (It’s an issue also discussed in Akshay Pathak’s most recent dispatch on Indian publishing.) Faleiro notes that books often appear on the streets as soon as they’re released to stores – and also that by 1999, as much as “20 to 25 percent of all books sold in the country were pirated.” Meanwhile, the former production editor in me wonders, how the heck are they re-printing these books so quickly?





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One Response to “The Book Peddlers on Mumbai’s Streets”

  1. Wendy Rawady
    at 10:50 am on January 12, 2013

    I’m impressed that there are so many readers there.

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