I am an avid reader - I read anything - even when I am waiting to see the doctor or whatever, I must read something, whether its the newspaper, magazines or anything that I can lay my hands on.
I buy a lot of books - about 2-3 each month - and I have realised that these books which have been more expensive than any other parts of the world, are getting much more costlier these days.
Today I bought a book Meinkampf by Adolf Hitler at the MPH and it costs me MYR104.90! Its not even hardcover, its a paperback edition, for Godsake....
Even the book Blue Ocean Strategy, a hardcover, was MYR102! I checked and it was only SGD28.00 at Borders in Singapore.
What is going on? Is it high taxes and import duty or are the book and stationery retailers having a cartel of some sort and keep margins high?
How can we have a learned society if books are that costly? How can we encourage our people to read if they tax highly on books? Whats going on, anybody know?