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World Book Day: Piracy issues

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The recent death of Nobel laureate author Gabriel García Márquez has ironically proved a boon for reading among the public. The Colombian author’s work was popular in China and sales of his books have skyrocketed since his death.

One of the most unique aspects of the Chinese book market remains the role of piracy. Copyright and intellectual property issues have bedeviled authors in China for years and continue to take a toll on traditional bookstores. In Chongqing, 301 bookstores closed their doors between 2009 and 2012. 

Even the works of the venerable Márquez, were not spared.

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