Friday, April 30, 2010

Khairulz Sex Manualz?

When you ban a book you simply advertise its presence to would-be readers. Khairul H goes shopping on Amazon.com for titles banned here and underlines the fact that The Home Ministry is in fact setting up a list of absolutely must-read books for Malaysians.

When downloading ebooks becomes a common way to buy books - how on earth can any ban be put into place then?

9 comments:

Chet said...

It won't be a ban, but something called "geographical rights restriction". I think it's why Kindles are not available in Malaysia.

I've run into it over at ereader.com. I can no longer buy and download a lot of the titles there which are available only for US and Canadian buyers. Unless I sign up for a new account with a US credit card or something.

bibliobibuli said...

really? oh dear, something that should be so easy and liberating and look it's being tied up with red tape.

khairul h. said...

Never mind. Personally, I prefer the traditional paper medium for my reading pleasure anyway. I can't sniff the pages on an e-book, can I!

Yes, I'm a Luddite.

bibliobibuli said...

yes but, time will come (in the not too distant future) when books are not printed on paper first, if at all. if we cannot buy ebooks from overseas because of agreements it might actually be easier for authorities to block our reading. this is a situation we need to keep an eye on.

Chet said...

I think this came from authors not seeing ebooks as a viable publishing alternative, and letting traditional publishers include a clause in their agreements which allowed such publishers the ebook rights, too. As a result, trad publishers are now dictating the terms of ebook publishing, such as the pricing and the availability.

It's actually possible to buy the UK edition of a particular book outside of the UK. For example, both the UK and US editions of Toni Morrison's A Mercy are available in Malaysia.

By right, ebooks should transcend physical borders.

bibliobibuli said...

that should be the case but i am scared that trade agreements will prevent it.

savante said...

Just curious who actually sits on the board banning books in the Ministry. Do they actually read in the first place?

bibliobibuli said...

often the decisions are made my officers of the kdn or other agencies acting on their own initiative.

celych said...

There are ways to obtain banned books even if they are banned here. And yes, there are a lot of "little emperors" in the government service aren't they? people who should be making those decisions are making them, and no one is stopping them.

Chet, where there's a will there's a way.