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Amazon unblocks Oz shoppers from US store

22 November 2018

Australian consumers are now able to purchase and ship items from Amazon’s international website, according to a statement from Amazon. The retailer suspended shipping to Australian addresses from its international website...

India reduces GST on ebooks

1 August 2018

In India, the GST Council has announced that GST on ebooks will be reduced from 18% to 5%, but the lack of clarity has left publishers ‘perplexed’, reports the Hindu. The...

Book Depository to remit GST from July

15 June 2018

Amazon-owned online retailer Book Depository has confirmed it will collect and remit GST on overseas purchases from July, when the new tax laws come into effect, reports the Australian Financial...

Amazon to block Oz shoppers from Amazon US

1 June 2018

Australian consumers will be unable to purchase items from Amazon’s international websites as the multinational moves to comply with new GST laws affecting online retailers, reports the Sydney Morning Herald....

New report argues GST exemption should stay 

21 January 2015

Extending the GST to internationally purchased online goods worth less than $1000 is unlikely to improve Australian retailing, according to a report by free-market think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA).Citing a...

Decision on GST threshold pushed to March 2014 

28 November 2013

The decision to collect GST from overseas suppliers for online purchases below $1000 has been pushed back until March 2014, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. As previously reported by Books+Publishing,...

Government responds to BISG recommendations

26 June 2012

The Federal Government has formally responded to the recommendations made by the Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) last year. As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, the BISG made 21 recommendations in...

BISG: the recommendations

16 March 2012

More than a year in the making, the Book Industry Strategy Group report to government has finally been delivered. Here are the main recommendations: Released publicly in November 2011, the...

Industry, politicians respond to BISG recommendations 

15 November 2011

The Book Industry Strategy Group's final report to government, which was handed over to the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Senator Kim Carr last week, has attracted a variety...

BISG recommendations announced 

8 November 2011

The Book Industry Strategy Group (BISG) has recommended the timetable for retention of territorial copyright in Australia be reduced from 30/90 days to 14/14 days in its final report to...