right: No se lo digas a nadie by Jaime Bayly; left pirated copy with two extra chapters added by an anonymous writer. Bought in Lima Peru, The Piracy Collection
was the fact that technology has also violently altered printed books in a way from which there is no return. We are so disconnected from the means of production that nobody seems to be aware that books are produced very differently then they were 100 years ago. Digital files are exchanged between writers, publishers and printers all over the world.
Pirated books, altered books, publishing on demand, the devalued “edition,” etc. I found the section on pirated Chinese compilations/anthologies fascinating:
China is not only inundated with pirated versions of western books (which many suspect may be simply cases of printers printing extra copies of the originals) but it also has generated an interesting number of “curators,” who select material from all these different publications and collate new volumes – a bizarre reflection of internet content curators.