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Vietnam adjusts to new book business

Literary Saloon links to a VietNamNet Bridge story on the difficulties Vietnamese publishers face.

Vietnam has been tightening control over copyrights in the wake of the ratification of the Bern Convention for Literary and Artistic Works, making it difficult for indigenous publishers to buy rights to foreign titles. Vietnamese publishers complain of having to exchange hundreds of e-mails with Western publishers to hammer out the details, a process which can take the better part of a year, and being forced to offer up cover designs, distribution plans, and cover prices before the Western publishers will agree to sell rights.

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