Topic archives: parallel imports

It’s time to kill parallel import restrictions

June 23, 2016 8

Parallel import restrictions are a ridiculous protectionist holdover, and their time is up, writes Evan Mulholland, media and communications manager at the Institute of Public Affairs.

The truth about parallel imports

November 30, 2015 2

Crikey readers discuss politics and other issues of the day.

Publishers try to hold back the tide on parallel imports

November 26, 2015 6

Publishers, predictably, want to keep Australia's restrictions on importing books as they are. But savvy customers and e-book sales mean it soon might not matter anyway.

Death of the bookshop: what you pay for when you buy local

July 27, 2011 36

Many book lovers might choose to shop locally rather than on overseas websites if they had the chance to ponder some of the implications of their decisions, says editor-in-chief of Bookseller+Publisher magazine Matthia Dempsey.

Last page for book buying? Carr, Cunningham, Rosenbloom on REDgroup

February 18, 2011 23

Book retailer REDgroup is a victim of online retailers (and the federal government's rejection of recommendations to open up the local market) or simply poor management. Crikey asked publishers and retailers what it means.

Wills visit: this is 2010, not 1810

January 22, 2010 7

Crikey readers weigh in on Prince Will's visit, the actual cost of books from BookDepository and fat people flying on planes.

Costello: Publishing protectionism is bad — just as Farnsie

November 18, 2009

The Howard government's decision to lift parallel import restrictions on CDs didn't kill the Australian music industry, says Peter Costello, and the local public industry could survive just as well without protectionism.

Rundle: Bob Carr, PIR galah

November 16, 2009

Bob Carr's weekend op-ed in The Oz demonstrates in miniature all the arrogance and mendacity of the big chains' participation in the parallel book imports debate -- and why they lost it, says Guy Rundle.

Where’s the book buyer’s voice in the book debate?

November 13, 2009 62

We've heard from the ideologues, the book sellers and working authors. So where's the book buyer's voice in the book import discussion? Michael R. James weighs in.

The Great Book Debate

November 13, 2009 1

Readers weigh-in on parallel imports, asylum seekers, all-male institutions, the Traveston Dam, Tiger Woods and more.

PIR decision: Australian writers need to be left the fuck alone, to write

November 12, 2009 24

The government's decision to retain parallel import restrictions on books is a rotten one, most of all for Australian writers, writes author Jack Robertson.

Fairfax MIA on book imports

November 12, 2009 2

While The Australian afforded the issue of book reform appropriate and extensive coverage this morning, the Fairfax broadsheets were missing in action. It's an absence Australian public life can ill-afford.

Parallel imports: how the war was won

November 12, 2009

Tom Dusevic lauds the Australian publishing industry's "spirited, clever, nationalistic, broad-based and expensive" lobbying campaign to retain parallel import restrictions on books.

Kerr: Rudd betrays his party roots for publishers

November 12, 2009

Kevin Rudd showed celebrity means more to him than education and ideas by supporting the publishing industry over cheaper books for consumers, says Christian Kerr. His ALP forebears would not be impressed.

Stutchbury: Rudd’s book backdown shows a lack of spine

November 12, 2009

Kevin Rudd's inability to stand up to Australia's lightweight publishing industry and a bunch of angry authors betrays his lack of policy backbone in supporting the free market, says Michael Stuchbury.

A victory for special interests over evidence and common sense

November 11, 2009

The Government has completely ignored the calculations and sound evidence produced by the Productivity Commission by deciding to retain the parallel import restrictions on books, says Joshua Gans.

Rudd ducks again: book import slug stays

November 11, 2009 45

So we retain parallel import restrictions on books. Those of us who don’t buy our books online will continue to pay too much, with the bulk of that extra cost going to overseas authors and publishers.

Book import change can only hurt consumers

October 30, 2009 1

What sets Australia’s book retail environment apart is its variety and the range of books on our shelves, but the latest turn of events in the saga of Australian territorial copyright for books is putting that reputation at risk, writes Steve Robinson.

Caucus debate misses the point, chapter and verse, on books

October 29, 2009 28

What's happening with parallel book imports? The publishing industry is on the cusp of major change driven by online delivery. The most appropriate role for the government is to step aside and let consumers take the lead.

War on books: the fightback

August 3, 2009

The Productivity Commission's "jihad on books" continues, says W. H. Chong, with a roundup of the news from the week just past.