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War on Books: fightback

War on Books: fightback

For those who have been following the neoliberalists (The Productivity Commission) jihad on books in this country – they want to remove Parallel Importation Restrictions, PIRs, or to name its true nature, they want to abolish Australian territorial copyright for writers – here is a roundup of the news from the week just past. +++ […]

Selfish squealing & the price of cheaper books

Selfish squealing & the price of cheaper books

I want cheaper books. Why should I care about the supposedly affected people: the “local” authors, publishers, printers, publicists et al? As ‘Kim’, a stirred-up reader of James Bradley‘s sharp and nuanced post on the issue, commented: ‘Make no mistake, Australia is becoming a nation of people who simply don’t read books. The exorbitant price […]

Protect books! And so say all of us! xxx Vic, N.S.Waley & Sal

Protect books! And so say all of us! xxx Vic, N.S.Waley & Sal

The previous post was on Vic. Prem. Brumby slamming the Productivity Commission’s report on territorial copyright (to give the issue its correct name, rather than “parallel importation restrictions”). In a comment, writer Alison Croggan pointed out that ‘in fact, the State Governments of Victoria, NSW and South Australia all lodged submissions arguing against the removal […]

Brumby slams economic & cultural vandalism on books

Brumby slams economic & cultural vandalism on books

In the Age this morning: Vic. Premier John Brumby, often regarded as a pro-market economic rationalist, has slammed the Productivity Commission’s call for an end to the protection of the local book industry. ‘Removing restrictions on parallel book importation would damage Victoria’s cultural and creative industries for no real benefit. It would be an act […]

Let me explain: when I finish a book I try to sell it

Let me explain: when I finish a book I try to sell it

Why on earth do authors think they should have a say on matters like book prices and copyright? How about: Copyright is property, we create it, just as…a company that invents a drug owns the fruit of their labour … No-one would think it was reasonable if the government…told drug companies they would no longer […]

Henry shoots the messenger, alright

Henry shoots the messenger, alright

Which seems appropriate as the messenger – the Productivity Commission report on book prices –  is the message. Henry Rosenbloom, publisher and founder of the independent press Scribe, has written a stinging takedown of the report’s conclusions in his blog. Here are some extracts: Sociopaths in Suits: the Productivity Commission goes for broke This is […]

Shane Maloney: a leech on his readers

Shane Maloney: a leech on his readers

Mr Maloney, you make me weep *sob* and chortle *blush*. Some authors will do anythingto make you laugh, make you cry. For today, Maloney, author of the Murray Whelan comic caper series (think David Wenham), has written a modestly angry and witty response to the just released Too High Book Prices? Report (see previous posts) […]

Beauty and Harmony in a government report

Beauty and Harmony in a government report

The report – see previous post – let’s call it the Shoot Ourselves in the Cultural Foot Report, no no sorry, that’s shockingly biased. Let’s call it the Too High Book Prices? Report – a medium-long document of 240 pages (inc. five of references) written, naturally, in felicitatious bureaucratese. Eg: Books differ from many other […]

Recommendations to the Government

Recommendations to the Government

The three recommendations by the Productivity Commission research Report on Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books, June 2009 RECOMMENDATION 1 The Government should repeal Australia’s Parallel Import Restrictions (PIRs) for books. The repeal should take effect three years after the date that it is announced. RECOMMENDATION  2 The Government should, as soon as possible, review the […]

Scrapheap for copyright?

Scrapheap for copyright?

Not so good. From the Sydney Morning Herald: The Federal Government’s economic advisory body is likely to recommend scrapping copyright provisions preventing the parallel importing of books… The Productivity Commission, known for espousing orthodox economic principles, is uncomfortable with market restrictions on book imports. But in a draft paper in March the commission said removing […]