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 imports without relying on additional government assistance’, rather than be forced to rely on the (unwanted) government handouts proposed by the Productivity Commission.
The same could be said to the Coalition for Cheaper Books. The government is not going to help you shore up your profits by eating into the narrow margins enjoyed by suppliers all through the book industry, from authors to publishers to printers to independent booksellers!
Congratulations to all the writers and readers who have won this battle to protect Australian culture. And a big shout out to Sheryl and the team at Savings Aussie Books – enjoy your celebrations, ladies, they’re very well earned!