"The Great Book Blockade of 2009" is over

It all started with Robin Hemley's "The Great Book Blockade of 2009," which laid bare the plan to start taxing books imported into the Philippines, contrary to the Florence Agreement, because a customs undersecretary decided that she was the only one in more than fifty years who could interpret the Agreement correctly. There's more in my post on "Libraries and 'The Great Book Blockade of 2009'," but all's well that ends well because today it was reported that "Taxes on book imports lifted." Finally, here's the summary of events and reflection that Hemley wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review on the role he played in all of this: "Notes from a Blockade Runner."

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