Bought in Taiwan

Peter Martin
22nd December 2011, 06:53
Interested in both Japan & Shanghai but did anbody ever buy books and gramaphone records in Taiwan. I seem to remember that the government was not party to any copyright agreements and that books & records could be purchased for next to nothing. I still have one or two books but they were printed on very thin paper. The vinyl used for records was prone to warping as it was very thin.

Baulkham Hills
22nd December 2011, 07:11
The President bookshop in Kaoshiung had all the text books minus the copyright payments. The paper was pretty thin and some of the reproductions were not the best but the price was excellent. I still have one about motor theory.
The President bookshop also specialised in fake watches, so many rolex's all with quartz movements, but as they say the only difference between a fake rolex and a real rolex is that the fake one keeps better time.

G0SLP
22nd December 2011, 08:56
I bought a few books from "George's Book Store" in the late 80s/early 90s - plus one <ahem> 'replica' watch...which only died last year!

R651400
22nd December 2011, 11:00
I still read and cherish my first Taiwan book purchase.
"Transistors in Radio, Television and Electronics" by Milton S Kiver 1959.
Who remembers the multi-coloured transparent vinyl LP's from classic to pop which lasted one voyage?

Frank P
22nd December 2011, 11:07
I used to buy music cassettes, in fact I still have some. The books that I bought have long gone.

Frank

Pat Kennedy
22nd December 2011, 11:22
I bought a lovely Rolex in Kaosiung in 1993 for 1000 Taiwan dollars, (about $40US).
I'm wearing it now.
Dont tell me its a fake!!

Pat(EEK)

Jardine
22nd December 2011, 11:37
I still read and cherish my first Taiwan book purchase.
"Transistors in Radio, Television and Electronics" by Milton S Kiver 1959.
Who remembers the multi-coloured transparent vinyl LP's from classic to pop which lasted one voyage?

Remember them well. You must have bought the upmarket type. The ones I bought did not last half a voyage.

Phil Saul
22nd December 2011, 19:07
I still read and cherish my first Taiwan book purchase.
"Transistors in Radio, Television and Electronics" by Milton S Kiver 1959.
Who remembers the multi-coloured transparent vinyl LP's from classic to pop which lasted one voyage?

I well remember the multi-coloured vinyl records.
You could rarely, if ever, get them in black so that they might at least look like the real thing.
Always came in lime green or bright orange and only lasted a couple of plays
Thought we were getting a bargain.

Regards Phil

NoR
22nd December 2011, 20:31
You could buy 'black' copies of nautical text books. I've got a Nories Tables nicely bound in red cloth

gary williams
22nd December 2011, 22:44
Hi guys, i can remember the vinyl records in taiwan, they were 7 or 9 for one sterling 1, but if you went back through the gates to the ship, the soldiers would check if you had too many for reselling. you were only allowed maybe 18 or 20, they would tell you to go back to the shop to get your money back, as you were not allowed to go back on ship with that many copies hehe.

John Dryden
22nd December 2011, 23:10
It is a blast from the past talking about the green and orange LP,s.Never went to Taiwan but bought a few in Penang and they were rubbish as has been said.Interesting though as maybe 30 or so years ago everything was labelled ''made in Taiwan''.Now it,s made in China so they were obviously at the forefront of todays manufacturing.

Duncan112
22nd December 2011, 23:23
Got a full set of "Butterworths" Marine Engineering series, they are about 2/3 of the size of the genuine article so some of the drawings are a little difficult to read without a magnifying glass. Last time I went there (about 1998) the bookshops had just about vanished.

richardwakeley
23rd December 2011, 02:17
I still have two Taiwan copies of Janes Fighting Ships, one from 70s and one around the time of the Falklands War. They include the PRC Navy but Taiwan section is omitted.

John Dryden
23rd December 2011, 02:25
Well is just goes to show you can,t beat a good hard back.

vasco
23rd December 2011, 02:32
Second try at posting

Got all Kemp and youngs in one volume plus a few others.

Alwatys remeber the Tracy Huang Cassettes, here's a clip form you tube, brings back memories of the Joule and a certain engineer paying off with a massive stereo which had speakers packed with cassettes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COGzf1yFXXc

backsplice
23rd December 2011, 05:31
I still have my "Bosuns Manual " from it was Keelung I was there on the Benstac during 71 I had been ashore for a while and needed to REFRESH my knowledge and my origional one was lost in time I also bought a lot of the coloured LP,s which did,nt give me any trouble while I had them ........we did 2 ports there Kaohsiung being the other don,t remember much about there we were,nt there long enough (Pint)

TIM HUDSON
23rd December 2011, 11:01
I purchased, in Keelung, several of the 'Reeds' Marine Engineering books for my tickets back in 1967 including the Naval Arch one written by Stokoe who, when I went to South Shields Marine and Tech for my Chiefs, turned out to be my lecturer in that subject. So taken was he with my Taiwan edition that he swopped it for a replacement UK copy which as far as I remember was only missing one forward page in Chinese !

NINJA
23rd December 2011, 11:44
Bought a boxed set of The Beatles and a boxed set of the Rolling Stones albums in Taiwan. Records were spot on, only strange item was some of the spelling regarding the songs.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
23rd December 2011, 12:01
I purchased, in Keelung, several of the 'Reeds' Marine Engineering books for my tickets back in 1967 including the Naval Arch one written by Stokoe who, when I went to South Shields Marine and Tech for my Chiefs, turned out to be my lecturer in that subject. So taken was he with my Taiwan edition that he swopped it for a replacement UK copy which as far as I remember was only missing one forward page in Chinese !

Had the opposite experience with my Taiwan copy of Wilford and Healy on Time Charters - showed my copy to Nick Healy and he being an American had a complete sense of humour failure!

Used to get lots of books there - remember seeing, but not buying, the flight manual for the 747 - but when Chiang Ching-kuo decided that Taiwan's future lay in respectability as a multi party democracy with the rule of law, the free press, etc he signed the conventions and the interesting bookshops first went underground, then disappeared.

makko
23rd December 2011, 16:00
I too bought books, amongst them Reed's Mechanics! I still refer to them today. I also took my "driving test" in Keelung in order to operate the ship's vehicles.
Rgds.
Dave