China scolds Amazon for selling counterfeit books

Amazon’s gotten in a little trouble in China, it seems. The Next Web reports that China’s National Copyright Administration found 36 third party retailers and 20 catalogs featuring counterfeit books, and has demanded Amazon tighten things up.

This certainly wouldn’t be the first time Amazon has been caught selling books it shouldn’t. Allowing self-publishing and third-party sales in the western world has led to things like Lori Jareo’s self-published Star Wars fanfic, or two different manuals for pedophiles.

Still, the irony of China getting onto Amazon for counterfeit books amuses me, given that this is the country responsible for Harry Potter and the Leopard Walk-Up-To Dragon.

About Chris Meadows (4149 Articles)
TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows has been writing for us--except for a brief interruption--since 2006. Son of two librarians, he has worked on a third-party help line for Best Buy and holds degrees in computer science and communications. He clearly personifies TeleRead's motto: "For geeks who love books--and book-lovers who love gadgets." Chris lives in Indianapolis and is active in the gamer community.

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