parallel imports  The gloom and doom of the publishing industry is enough to make an aspiring writer glad she still has her day job. Sales may be up, but so are redundancies. The immediate fallout for writers in Australia could be felt in the Christmas stocking – I’m still confident I’ll get my wish list fulfilled, but I hope Santa remembers his ethics…
The Australian Productivity Commission’s study into Parallel Importation of Books may be a further blow to the Australian publishing industry. Australian booksellers struggle to compete with online sellers, so for the wonderful bookshops that actively support the development of our local literary scene, the possibility of selling remaindered American books must be appealing. But in the long term, this will reduce the income of Australian publishers in an already difficult financial climate and so make them less likely to take a risk on new talent. Like you and me.
Watch AWMonline and QWC for forums and information on parallel importation. Get informed. Let us know what you think. And if you hope to earn money from your own writing one day, think about where you buy your stocking fillers.

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