Importers of original textbooks continue to weigh their options
Importers of original textbooks continue to weigh their options in the face of the stance by Government, to approve the supply of photocopied books. Cabinet recently approved a contract worth over one hundred million dollars for the supply of textbooks. Capitol News spoke to dealer, Bholan Boodhoo, and he said, that the cost argument put up by the Government does not hold, since it costs the authors money to publish.
Boodhoo said, that because of the pirating of the textbooks, he has had to scale back his imports by as much as 75% in recent years. He says the move by Government has far reaching implications.
Boodhoo noted, that we have Legislation in place that is old but still enforceable; he says, that Guyana’s sister Caricom states have ensured they put modern copyright legislation in place, but Guyana does not have the will to do so.
The issue of pirated texts has been in the public for several years with allegations of corruption being levelled against those overseeing the procurement of books being used by the Ministry of Education.