PARALLEL IMPORTS ON BOOKS – Time for Action!

URGENT CALL FOR VICTORIANS!

WE NEED TO FIGHT THE PROPOSED MOVE TO ABOLISH PARALLEL IMPORTS ON BOOKS

WE NEED TO FIGHT NOW!

On Saturday 22nd August, the Melbourne Writers Festival is running a FREE session responding to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations to remove parallel import restrictions (PIRs) on books.

To take place at ACMI 2 at Federation Square, the event will feature Mark Davis (author, academic), Gabrielle Coyne (MD Penguin), Sandy Grant (Publisher, Hardie Grant), David Vodicka (Rubber Records), Don Grover (CEO Dymocks) and a representative from the Productivity Commission.

Removing PIRs on books will result in MANY jobs lost in the industry, less choice for readers, loss of Australian cultural representation in literature and fewer opportunities for new Australian authors to be published – all with NO GUARANTEE that books will become cheaper.

Parliament will be debating this issue on 17th September so we need to all parents, educators, readers and members of the publishing industry to ACT NOW!

WHAT YOU CAN DO! 

  • Attend the FREE session at Fed Square
  • Spare some time on the night to get petitions signed
  • Meet with your local federal politician and express your views on this issue

If you are able to help with getting petitions signed at Fed Square, please email me at deescriber@optusnet.com.au with your name and contact details and I’ll get back to you.

I’m a member of the group, Saving Aussie Books. You can find out more about PIRs or download petition forms from http://savingaussiebooks.wordpress.com  There are also sample letters to politicians and contact details for them available from that site.

This is an important issue for all of us. Please get involved and help protect the future of the Aussie book industry.

 

Dee

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