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Books.com.tw, same as Silent's link. I've ordered quite a few books/comics from them and have always been pleased. The shipping is expensive, but pretty quick. I have found that it is worth ordering a few books from them at once, as the shipping doesn't go up much for additional books (but is steep for that first book). I would have preferred a simplified version, but I don't think this book is published on the mainland.

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The book is in simplified - look here


I've only read a few pages of the 人民 discussion, but I think its great so far. I've never totally understood the concept of 人民 (being that it's meaning is different from that of simply "people") but this book is really helping. Can't wait to read the rest.

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Interesting..... the traditional linked to in post #3 and the simplified linked to in post 8 have the same ISBN; is this normal for a traditional vs simplified versions? I would have thought they would have separate? It's also interesting that the simplified version is priced in TWD.

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That's right roddy! The book isn't considered appropriate for sale in the mainland, that's why the book is sold in Taiwan and that's why the book was written into English so that it can be sold in the US. When you read the book itself you'll find out why this is the case.

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How is the link above different from those links removed from this post? -> http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/topic/22134-best-english-chinese-dictionary-for-google-android/page__view__findpost__p__263999

Is it not pirated? If it is, why the double standards? Because those were dictionaries?

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If it is, why the double standards? Because those were dictionaries?

From the T&C's

Pirated / Cracked material: Discussion of or links to pirated Chinese-learning material or cracked software is not permitted. Discussion of how to obtain general Chinese material (ie music, TV shows) for educational purposes is permitted, but not encouraged.

I believe the reasoning behind such a policy is that Chinese learning material is a relatively small market (compared to 'the general public'), and copyright infringement in that market can have a significant impact on someone's decision to create and release quality content for that market. This is perhaps something we can have an impact on because many of the forums' readers are part of that market.

For general Chinese material, not only are we not really likely to have any serious impact on copyright infringement (either by encouraging or discouraging it) due to the large scale on which it occurs outside of these forums and because many of the forums' readers aren't really part of the publishers' target market anyway, but I guess for quite a few readers of the forums, obtaining an official version of such material can actually be quite difficult due to it not being sold in their market, and problems/delays in trying to order stuff from overseas and so on. Which is not to say that such discussion/linking is encouraged, but sometimes it can be the only practical way for many people not based in a Chinese-speaking country to actually get access to such content.

This is becoming less of an issue for tv shows and movies, because nowadays many of these are legitmately licensed and hosted on sites such as tv.sohu.com and others. For printed books however it still presents a problem, and in fact that's one of the reasons why the last few times I've been back to China I stock up on enough reading material to last me the next year.

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