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Children’s authors protest outside Dymocks 

22 April 2009

Children’s authors took to the streets in Brisbane last week on Thursday 16 April, in protest against the ‘Coalition for Cheaper Books’, and its stance on an open market being...

APA critical of Prod Comm ’roundtables’ 

14 April 2009

APA CEO Maree McCaskill has criticised last week's 'roundtables' held by the Productivity Commission to discuss its draft report on parallel importation.'In all my years of doing this sort of...

Productivity Commission: final submissions due Friday 

14 April 2009

As Friday's deadline approaches, trade bodies are busily preparing their final submissions to the Productivity Commission and encouraging their members to do likewise. The APA is continuing to inform and...

Children’s authors to picket Dymocks 

14 April 2009

A group of children's authors has announced that it plans to stage a protest outside Dymocks' central Brisbane store tomorrow (Thursday), protesting against the chain's support for an open market....

Quote of the week 

8 April 2009

'Dymocks believes that the Australian book industry should be driven by the Australian book buyer and not the local subsidiaries and agents of overseas publishers'--Dymocks CEO Don Grover in a...

APA warns on children’s books 

7 April 2009

Media Release: 2 April 20092 April 2009 Children's books endangered by plan to weaken copyrightAustralia's extraordinary success story in children's books is threatened if the Productivity Commission recommendations on changes...

Quote of the week 

31 March 2009

'If anything, the recommendations are in danger of putting upward pressure on all new titles as publishers seek to maximize their returns during the 12-month period of exclusive territorial copyright'--Australian...

ABA: PC recommendations could increase book prices 

31 March 2009

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has claimed that the Productivity Commission's proposed changes to Australia's book parallel importation laws  ‘are in danger of putting upward pressure on all new titles...

Australian book trade critical of PC draft report 

24 March 2009

As reported in a WBN special bulletin on Friday, the Productivity Commission has recommended that some of Australia's ‘parallel importation restrictions' (PIRs) be retained, but that the current 90-day rule...

APA on draft PC report 

24 March 2009

Australian Publishers Association spokesperson Jose Borghino writes:  'The PC estimates the Australian publishing market at $2.5 billion, whereas we have extrapolated from the last ABS stats available (2003-4) and say...

Bad news for Australian authors 

24 March 2009

The ALAA writes: 'The Australian Literary Agents' Association (ALAA) believes that the Productivity Commission's draft report on Australia's Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books released on Friday 20 March...

APA survey: a bookseller responds 

10 March 2009

In response to last week's story on the Australian Publishers Association (APA) survey of book prices, a bookseller writes ... ‘Using the same standards of "impartiality" I ran my own...