[LINK] A call to arms - parallel book imports
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Wed Jul 15 11:40:28 AEST 2009
At 10:55 AM 15/07/2009, David Boxall wrote:
>This might seem to cut out the publishers and manufacturers, but text is
>not a book; a download is not a DVD. We may well find that free
>downloads increase the market for physical products, particularly for
The biggest 'fighters' against this change are the publishers because
of the impact on their production. The authors are not happy because
their contracts aren't written to allow for 'dumping' of overprints.
So I think royalties could be handled through contract adjustments
with whatever foreign publishers they cut deals with. One of the
other impacts on royalties is the cut taken by agents. For domestic
rights, agents generally get 15%, but 20% for foreign rights. That's
quite a difference.
I heard an interesting interpretation this morning on radio. There
may actually be an increase in book sales here if the prices become
equitable, including accounting for shipping costs.
There was talk about the GST impact as well. If you were buying a
book in the US, that would be tacked on at point of purchase, too,
called sales tax, and could be similar to the 10% we pay here.
Someone else, a publisher, made the stupid statement that the
exchange rate affected price of books! He implied that when the
Aussie was higher that the price of books was less, or more
equitable. yeah, right, as if shelf prices changed. That's just crap.
I'm sure the chain bookstores change their prices on that basis ---- not.
IMO, this is all industry shakeout stuff and we won't see it settle
for another decade or so as ebooks, POD, and other yet unknown
technology emerges and become mainstream. This whole thing needs to
be examined without specific agendas [publisher, writer, consumer] to
know where the balance could be in the subprocesses to provide a fair
return to writers [seldom achieved], producer [electronic or print],
vendor [store or estore] and purchaser.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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