Interesting Book Law in Mexico
June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
Did you know that several years ago, Mexico introduced a new law mandating a single price for books?
Part of the problem was the exorbitant price of books, especially in Mexico City, where books in Spanish were often times more expensive than comparable works in the U.S. or the U.K.
Nexos magazine, in a variety of surveys on the topic, shows that only 30% of Mexicans had read at least one book in the previous 12 months to having conducted the survey, compared with six and eight books for Spanish and the British, respectively.
It was apparent that something had to be done. The controversial law, upheld by leaders of opinion, intellectuals, and publishers, was passed a few years ago by a majority vote that wanted to promote reading and a a better selection of books in Mexico.
Even after years of having passed the law, the “chicken-and-egg dilemma” remains. The author of the article asks, “Do people in Mexico not read because books are so expensive, or are books so expensive because people don’t read?’