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February 19, 2004

EFL Books Flying Off Baghdad Shelves

Ever since the US-led occupation of Iraq was established last year, English learning textbooks have been in huge demand. Mohammed Hayawi, a Baghdad publisher and distributor, related how 30,000 copies of a series of EFL texts sold out over the last four months of last year at a price of 750-1500 dinaris (¥60-120). A estimates to have sold a further 9,000 copies in January. "Most of the people buying the books are looking for work connected with the American military or foreign companies," he said. English books were formerly considered only for the privileged classes, but now EFL texts and US bestsellers vie for prime shelf space.
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