There is an acute shortage of books in Karachi. For a big city with thousand of schools, colleges, universities and other academic institutions, this kind of a severe shortage is a big question mark for the government as well as scores of publishers based here. The situation has come to a head where most students are now getting text books from the lucky few who have them and getting them photocopied in whole batches. On behalf of my whole class, I request the publishers and government to do something in this regard. -RUSUL PEERZADA, Karachi, May 27.