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Book traders

In 1973 when Pinochet took over as President, he wanted to rid the country of prior thinking. This included a complete purge of all books in Chile, and the termination of any business involved in printing or selling books.  Ever since that day, there have been NO books printed in Chile.  Books are imported and taxed and are very expensive, costing $40 or more.  So there is an active book exchange market.  Often street vendors sell used books, and people trade books with each other a lot, both informally and in organized book swaps. There seems to be little interest in Kindles and other electronic books. 

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