Book publishers have often decried of the high cases of piracy, which deny them profits and also rob the State of much-needed revenue.
In their latest crackdown, the Kenya Copyright Board and the Kenya Publishers Association indicated that at least 11,000 pirated books had been seized valued at Sh5.5million.Begging the question really? Is the value of originality slowly fading away? Not only in the Books arena but look at music, make-up (Sorry ladies I just had to include it), Electronic, medicine and the least is endless
Without digressing any further, Book piracy is not only a criminal enterprise but a degrading act that jeopardises the efforts and investments of authors and firms as well as the country, because- in the long run, their books go untaxed. This was also brought out in the latest report by the lobby groups who revealed that out of the Sh5.5million of the pirated books recovered, the government revenue losses through unpaid taxes amounts to KES627, 792.
Just to keep you on the radar of these lawbreakers (trying to be kind), some of the books that seized included The Pearl, Sound and Read Book one, Primary Mathematics Book Five and Kigogo and Sound and Read Book Two.
With the school holiday break here with us, the piracy cartel might be working on all ends to ensure they reap big during the Back to school period and we are urging parents to be on the look-out.
Here are some of the things to look out for before you purchase your book at any store:-
i) Most pirated copies have poor print quality
ii) Poor binding with low-quality glue and no thread sewing of the copies
iii) The seized books also had introduction of errors, missing or mixed up pages
iv) Low grammage paper as well as old editions of books encased in new editions
And when in doubt.
i) Scratch panel with a coin to reveal a 16 Pin number.
ii) SMS the sixteen PIN number to 22776(Free of charge)
iii) You will instantly receive an SMS confirming if the book is genuine or not.
iv) Ensure books bought are stamped by the Bookseller.
v) If the book is not genuine, kindly return to the bookseller.
We probably have not highlighted all the red flags to look out for but we believe this information is a starter.