Visby, April 2, 2011

The knowledge has reached us that at least two Finnish publishing companies have started to maculate works of literature in order to free storage space, without even asking the permission of the writers or asking whether they would be interested in buying their works.

Neither have the publishing houses agreed to donate the books to the public good, although there might be a demand for them, for example at institutional or other small libraries. At the general assembly at Visby 2011, the Baltic Writers Council proposed to condemn such activities as cultural vandalism and to appeal to the publishing  companies to help prolonging the life span of books.