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Old 03-21-2018, 07:30 PM
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Most Afghans Canít Read, but Their Book Trade Is Booming
By Rod Nordland and Fahim Abed

At a time when book publishers in many countries are struggling, over the last three years those in Afghanistan have been flourishing ó and that is despite the countryís chronically low literacy rates: Only two out of five Afghan adults can read. But those who can seem to be doing it with remarkable regularity, both in spite and because of the countryís cyclonic violence, especially recently.

In a turbulent, troubled society, curling up with a book has become the best tonic around.

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Old 03-21-2018, 08:35 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Just based on my own experience and ovservation, intellectual property laws are the intellectual's worst enemy. Countries that enforce copyright laws push the price of books out of reach to a greet majority of third world readers. But countries that have pirate pringings haved plenty or readers. Very few readers in Afghanistan are going to pay twenty bucks to read any trade paperback.

As I understand from the story, there are plenty of pirate editions going around at affordable prices, but the westernization of book marketing will soon tighten the noose around their necks.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:53 PM
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Afghanistan are still a lot of trouble, if you go to Jakarta, bogor almost half you see their face afgansitan people/central asian is not more like a bum. in Indonesia especially people like them are always closely monitored


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