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