Several bookstore owners in the city are unhappy about an increase in the number of people taking photos of pages in expensive books so they don’t have to pay for them.
The bookstore shutterbugs, who are referred to as paishuzu (Êãç‰π¶Êóè) in Chinese, are mainly students looking for information from reference books.
“Such books are usually expensive, often costing thousands of yuan for one copy. That’s too much for a student,” said a young man surnamed He in Shanghai Book City. “We do this because it won’t make sense to buy the whole book as we only want the content from some of the pages.” [Full Text]