Book acquisition problems in Bangladesh/ India:
Some common complaints about Bangladeshi book-sellers are,
- They supply only those titles that are readily available and where they have a far margin of discount and also credit facility, and
- The book-seller hardly report on the progress of orders.The result is that libraries do hardly get publications needed by the scientists and research scholars.
12. Foreign Vendors: In the case of foreign vendors, almost all the publications that are ordered, the librarians get the time. However, progress report is given foreign publishers in most cases. No discount in however offered by them as it is the usual practice of Bangladeshe/Indian book sellers. The foreign vendors charge also postage. If the document is needed urgently, it is better to place order with foreign vendors without thinking of some additional cost.
13. High Cost Factor: The cost of foreign scientific and technical books is so high that even research libraries cannot afford to purchase adequate number of foreign publications even to meet their minimum requirement from the grants allotted.
14.Change of Book Titles: The changing of book titles by the publishers merely by adding a chapter or some date etc., also creates problem. Some times important aspects of a book being a part/volume of a series are omitted in the review which results in acquiring two copies- one under the regular series on outstanding order basis and the other by the new title on specific requests.
15. Frequent Increase in the cost of Publications: Publishers, specially foreign publishers, frequently revise price of their documents. Booksellers do not stick to the prices quoted by them.
16. Frequent Revision of Exchange Rates: The frequent revision of exchange rates by the Good Office’s Committee are in consequence to the devaluation of Bangladeshi/Indian taka/rupee thus curtailing the budget provision.