BOOKS REGISTRATION (CHAPTER 142) WHOLE DOCUMENTTo provide for the registration and preservation of copies of books firstprinted, produced or published in Hong Kong.[26 September 1976] L. N. 246 of 19761. Short titleThis Ordinance may be cited as the Books Registration Ordinance.2. InterpretationIn this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires--"book" includes--(a) every volume, part or division of a volume;(b) every magazine, journal, annual report, or other similar kind ofperiodical publication; and(c) every pamphlet, sheet of music, map, chart, table or plan which isseparately printed or produced,but does not include any book specified in the Schedule;"new book" means a book which--(a) after the commencement of this Ordinance is either--(i) printed or produced for the first time in Hong Kong; or(ii) published for the first time in Hong Kong, regardless of where it wasoriginally printed or produced; or(b) is a photographic copy photographically copied in Hong Kong for thefirst time after the commencement of this Ordinance from a book printed,produced or published outside Hong Kong;"publisher" means--(a) in the case of a book published in Hong Kong, the publisher thereof orhis agent in Hong Kong;(b) in the case of a book printed or produced in, but not published inHong Kong, the agent in Hong Kong of the publisher or, in the absence ofan agent, the person primarily responsible for the printing or productionof the book;(c) in the case of a photographic copy of a book, the agent in Hong Kongof the publisher or, in the absence of an agent, the person in Hong Kongprimarily responsible for the photographic copying of the book;"Secretary" means the Secretary for Recreation and Culture. (Added L. N.67 of 1985. Amended L. N. 242 of 1989)(Amended L. N. 67 of 1985)3. Delivery to Secretary of copies of every new book(1) The publisher of a new book shall, within 1 month after the book ispublished, printed, produced or otherwise made in Hong Kong, deliver tothe Secretary free of charge 5 copies of the book, together with all maps,prints or other engravings belonging thereto, properly bound, sewed orstitched and produced on the best paper on which the book and any map,print or other engraving thereto is printed or produced.(2) The publisher of the book shall, within such period after delivery ofcopies of the book as the Secretary may specify, forward to the Secretaryin writing such particulars of the book as the Secretary may require toenable him to register the book in accordance with section 5.(3) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of anoffence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $2,000.(Amended L. N. 67 of 1985)4. Registration and disposal of copies of new books(1) After receipt of the copies of a new book delivered to him undersection 3, the Secretary shall-- (Amended L. N. 67 of 1985)(a) register the particulars of the book in accordance with section 5; and(b) send 1 copy of the book to--(i) the British Library Board, London; and(ii) the City Hall Library, Hong Kong or such other library as he mayapprove; and(c) give the remaining copies of the book to any public cultural oreducational body as he may select or otherwise dispose of them in suchother manner as he thinks fit.5. Register of books published, printed or produced in Hong Kong(1) The Secretary shall maintain a register of every new book delivered tohim under section 3.(2) The register shall be in such form and contain such particulars ofeach book to be registered as the Secretary thinks fit.(Amended L. N. 67 of 1985)6. Amendment of ScheduleThe Governor may by order published in the Gazette amend the Schedule. SCHEDULE BOOKS NOT REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION [ss. 2 & 6)1. A newspaper which issues its editions not less than 4 times a week.2. Any book which will not be made available to the public at large.3. A publication which consists solely of a price list, sale catalogue,trade circular or trade advertisement.