In the last blog, we talked enough about the menace of book piracy. The problem is so vast and so deep that no matter how much we discuss and talk about it, we will not be able to do complete justice.
In this blog, we will talk about possible measures to combat book piracy in India. Book piracy exists on a global scale but with everybody’s little efforts, the problem can be prevented and curbed to a great extent.
To tackle a problem effectively and eradicating it completely, we need to understand the root cause of it. Most books pirated are school and college books. The main reason for this is the high cost of books in our country and the not-so-good economic background of the students.
Restricting book piracy should be a well-structured and organised strategy. It should be directed by the respective regulatory authorities to make it compulsory for all the schools to stock large numbers of books in their libraries. Schools should award students with only books as prizes for their achievements. This will not only inculcate the habit of reading in them but will also curb book piracy in a long run.
The University Grants Commission may plan to grant some amount annually to each college teacher for buying relevant subject books relevant.
Another effective way of discouraging book piracy is that the government cooperates with book publishers and encourage them by offering tax concessions, granting a special reduction in income tax to publishing houses, lowering the sales tax, subsidising the printing of university-level books with a reduction in book prices. Such a strategy will encourage readers to purchase books instead of photocopying and will fuel up production and profit for publishers.
Price reduction in books will automatically encourage readers to buy more books, which in turn can increase production and profit for publishers.
Gone are the days when people used to love going to the libraries for their reading needs. Apart from the technological advancements, the bad state of libraries is the major reason. The public libraries are in poor state and there is a dearth of books stocked here.
A programme should be committed for stocking up these libraries with both academic and other books for rent and sale at reduced prices. This will encourage the students and other enthusiastic readers to purchase their copies and not getting them photocopied.
In addition to this, publishers also should evolve strategies to reduce book prices without affecting the book quality and endangering their profits.
A major part of the population does not know the books they buy are pirated and not the original ones. For such customers who get deceived unintentionally and contribute to piracy unknowingly, authentication technologies can be utilised.
The books can be secured using security holograms, labels having hidden security features in them and the same can be conveyed to buyers and the books should be checked with these security products before purchasing them.
Also, the books can be loaded with barcodes and QR codes wherein the buyer can authenticate the same using scanner and an authentication message can be viewed on the mobile phones. The message will have information related to the authenticity of the product.
However, eliminating book piracy is not going to be an easy ride. The government, publishers and readers will have bodies must work in tandem with each other and join hands to fight against this global plague of book piracy.