Thursday, May 04, 2006

Banning Extravagance

Accoring to "China View", China's publication authority has banned the sale of books printed on gold foils.

Books printed on golden and silver foils is a relatively new phenomena. The most common "golden book" is a collection of poems by Mao Zedong, the late Chinese leader. THe publication authority believes these types of books are adding to extravagance within the culture and has had an adverse social impact.

As of May 2, Xinhua Bookstore, a major state-owned chain store, has removed "golden books" from their outlets in Beijing.

This is the first time I have seen a book banning based on its substance, rather than content.

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