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Nature volume 159, pages 721723 (31 May 1947) | Download Citation



THE debate on the book publishing trade in Great Britain which took place in the House of Commons on the adjournment on May 9 reflected general disquiet on the subject. The position had previously been the subject of letters to the Press by Sir Stanley Unwin and others, and of questions in the House of Commons itself, replies to which from the Government had not given satisfaction. The shortage of paper supplies existed before the fuel crisis, and the unsatisfactory position in regard to scientific and technical books was discussed in Nature of December 28. Sir Stanley Unwin in a letter The Times stressed the way in which even Government departments as well as the schools and colleges have now become handicapped by the scarcity of books, and referred to the inability of publishers to meet the insistent demand abroad for British books, which can be looked upon as valuable contributions to the country's export target and also as a means for promoting knowledge of the British way of life.

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