Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Book Pirates of Peru

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.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Two Nice Anti-Authoritarian Quotes

All Animals Are
But Some Animals Are
More Equal Than Others

— George Orwell, *Animal Farm*
(the book was rejected by such eminent
publishing figures as Victor Gollancz,
Jonathan Cape & T. S. Eliot at Faber & Faber)


Find out just what people will submit to, & you have
found the exact amount of injustice & wrong which
will be imposed upon them; & these will continue
until they are resisted with either words or blows, or
with both.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance
of those whom they oppress.

— Frederick Douglass