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ABA backs APA’s Books Create campaign to retain PIRs

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced it will join the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and other organisations to support the Books Create Australia campaign, which condemns the government’s plans to remove parallel importation restrictions (PIRs).

At the ABA conference in Canberra on 30 May, ABA CEO Joel Becker read out a brief statement laying out the ABA’s position. ‘Both [the ABA and APA] are absolutely committed to the importance of Australian territorial copyright—in providing value, range and quality to Australian readers, and to the crucial long-term value to the industry and our customers. The ABA will actively work with the APA and other like-minded organisations and individuals in supporting the Books Create Australia campaign.’

Becker added that the ABA was also ‘actively exploring options for further improving competitive pricing, availability of stock, whether 14/14 code of practice is working as well as it appears to be, and ensuring the quality of the data’.

The Books Create campaign is also supported by the Australian Society of Authors, Australian Literary Agents Association and the Print Industry Association of Australia. For more information about the campaign, visit the website here.



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