January 4, 2005

Enlightened leadership . . .


The government of Brazil has decided “to exempt publishing companies, bookstores, and book distributors from tax payments” in order to “make it possible to reduce prices to make books more accessible to the populace.” As a report in Brazzilmag.com notes, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva “hopes to reduce the price of literary works by 10% over the next four years,” and his representatives calls it “the first step for encouraging reading in the country.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him on Twitter at @mobylives