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.
November 30, 2015 2
Crikey readers discuss politics and other issues of the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 13, 2009 1
Readers weigh-in on parallel imports, asylum seekers, all-male institutions, the Traveston Dam, Tiger Woods and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.