Following the incessant deepening of reform and opening up, our country’s publishing undertaking has developed greatly, newspaper, periodical and book distribution and sales markets have also become more dynamic every day, enriching the cultural life of the people in town and country, and stimulating the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization. But, a few problems still exist in management work. In order to further strengthen book and periodical publishing, distribution and sales management work, the Ministry of Culture and the Administration of Press and Publications have done research, and notify the following:
I, In all districts and cities that have not established press and publications bureaus, the local cultural controlling department is responsible for managing the printing, distribution and sales of newspapers, periodicals, paintings (calligraphy, pictures), books (including literature, collectanea, pictorials, images, single-page calendars, New Year pictures, wall calendars) and other publications in that locality and printing work of covers, librettos, advertising and propaganda pictures, etc., of audiovisual publications.
II, Where districts and cities have established press and publications bureaus, the said bureau controls press and publications work in those regions. The local culture department, in consultation with the press and publications department, manages printing, distribution and sales of regional newspapers, periodicals, paintings (calligraphy, pictures), books (see higher) and other publications, and the printing of covers, librettos, advertising or propaganda pictures, etc., of audiovisual publications.
III, On the basis of work requirements, districts, cities and counties (regions) that have not established independent press and publications management organs, may, with the agreement of the local government, establish press and publications sections within their culture management departments (it is also permitted to have the culture market management office be the same office with two name plates).
District and city or lower culture controlling departments shall, on the basis of the requirements of the abovementioned culture and press and publications departments, vigorously and actively to book and periodical management work.