Aussie books secure!

Just a quick post to share the joy… The parallel importation of books decision has been finalised: in a win for writers and readers alike, the Productivity Commission’s recommendations have been completely rejected by the Australian government. In face-savingly stern terms, the Australian government is directing the book industry ‘to respond to the increasing competition from … Continue reading »

Books cheapened, not cheaper …

QWC rejects Commission’s stance on parallel importation of books As you know, Speakeasy and the Australian writer’s Marketplace are both published by Queensland Writers Centre. QWC has released this statement on recent developments regarding the parallel importation of books: On Tuesday 14 July, the Productivity Commission published the report of their investigation into copyright restrictions on … Continue reading »

Ozlit forced onto dole queue …

By now, you would have heard the anguished cries of authors around Australia railing against the Productivity Commission’s recommendations to lift all Parallel Importation Restrictions (PIR). The Commission’s report can be summed up a few keypoints: repeal PIR protecting Australian publishers and independent booksellers in 3 years ‘review’ the financial assistance needs of the Australian literary sector … Continue reading »