Notice concerning Reiterating Regulations on Internally Distributed Books

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The Central Propaganda Department and the then State Publishing Bureau have made clear regulations concerning internal book publishing and distribution in the past. But, in recent times, a number of distribution work units and publishers have set up their own distribution departments, violating the regulations on internal book wholesale and retail, resulting in some internally distributed books flowing onto open distribution markets, creating a harmful influence on society, at the same time, it has also brought about confusion in book distribution work. In order to strengthen management over this work, the following regulations are hereby reiterated:

I, Publishers should clearly determine the reading audience and supply scope, on the basis of the content of the book. All books of which the content is unsuitable for open distribution, should be distributed internally, and the line “internal distribution” should be printed on the back cover and in the colophon.

II, Internally distributed books are sold without exception by Xinhua bookstores or distribution departments run by publishers themselves, internally distributed books with a relatively high secrecy level or under special provisions are to be distributed by the publisher to the audience, according to the determined scope. Distribution department must strictly handle matters according to regulations, and may not change or expand the distribution scope as they please.

III, Internally distributed books may not be wholesaled to collective and individual bookstores or bookstalls, and may also not be wholesaled to town and country supply collectives and ordinary commercial salesrooms for retail.

IV, Internally distributed books may not be propagated in newspapers, periodicals, radio or television or carry advertising, they may not be displayed on the bookshelves of salesrooms or in bookcases.

V, Antiquariats retrieving internally distributed books must also sell them internally according to regulations, and may not openly display them in the salesroom.

VI, All publishing and distribution work units must strictly manage internally distributed books, and establish regular inspection systems. All cases where internal book distribution regulations are violated, will be dealt with according to the following methods in view of the gravity of the circumstances.

1. Xinhua bookstores and publishers violating internally distributed book propaganda, display, retail and wholesale regulations must be reported for criticism, and be given economic punishment, where circumstances are grave, the responsibility of the main responsible persons and work units must also be investigated. The punishment decision is made by the local press and publications bureau.

2. Where work units and individuals other than Xinhua bookstores, book antiquariats and publishers selling internally distributed books, the internally distributed books are confiscated, and they are punished with a fine. The punishment decision is made by the local administrative industry and commerce management organ.

Administration of Press and Publications, State Administration of Industry and Commerce

新闻出版署、国家工商行政管理局关于重申内部发行图书有关规定的通知
关于内部图书的出版发行,中宣部、原国家出版局曾作过明确规定。但是,最近一个时期,一些发行单位及出版社自办发行部门,违反内部图书批发、销售的规定,致使某些内部发行的图书流入公开发行的市场,在社会上造成了不良影响,同时,也给图书发行工作带来了混乱。为加强对这项工作的管理,现重申如下规定:

一、出版社应根据图书的内容,明确规定读者对象和供应范围。凡内容不适宜公开发行的图书,应作内部发行,并在封底和版权页上标明“内部发行”字样。

二、内部发行图书一律由新华书店或出版社自办发行部门在内部出售,其中机密性较强或有特殊规定的内部发行图书,由出版社按特定范围、对象自办发行。发行部门要严格按照规定办理,不得随意改变或扩大发行范围。

三、内部发行图书不得批发给集体和个体书店、书摊,亦不得批发给城乡供销社和一般商业门市部出售。

四、内部发行图书,不得在公开报刊、广播、电视上宣传和刊登广告,不得在门市部书架、书橱上公开陈列。

五、古旧书店回收的内部发行图书,亦须按规定在内部出售,不得在门市部公开陈列。

六、各出版、发行单位,对内部发行图书要严格管理,建立定期检查制度。凡违反内部图书发行规定的,将视情节轻重分别按下列办法处理:

1.对违反内部发行图书宣传、陈列、零售、批发规定的新华书店和出版社,要通报批评,并给予经济处罚,情节严重的还要追究主要责任者和单位负责人的责任。处罚决定由当地新闻出版局作出。

2.新华书店、古旧书店和出版社以外的单位和个人出售内部发行图书,将没收其内部发行图书,并处以罚款。处罚决定由当地工商行政管理机关作出。

新闻出版署、国家工商局

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