8 years ago
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Books in Australia to remain unchanged
Source: Media Release from The Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP
11 Nov 2009 - REGULATORY REGIME FOR BOOKS TO REMAIN UNCHANGED
The Government has decided not to change the Australian regulatory regime for books introduced by the previous Labor government.
Australian book printing and publishing is under strong competitive pressure from international online booksellers such as Amazon and The Book Depository and the Government has formed the view that that this pressure is likely to intensify.
In addition, the technology of electronic books (e-books) like Kindle Books will continue to improve with further innovations and price reductions expected.
The Government has not accepted the Productivity Commissionâ€™s recommendation to remove the parallel importation restrictions on books.
Commentary from Meanjin magazine on the decision: