[LINK] A call to arms - parallel book imports
gdt at gdt.id.au
Sat Jul 18 11:58:56 AEST 2009
[I did write a rather long response, but it just made me angry, so
here's the synopsis:]
I've got an iron in all sides of this fire, so I'm rather torn.
Even $20 buys a lot of DVD hires, so the low end of current book
prices is still too high.
Dymocks is a shocking book store. Lower prices won't save them.
This argument is by the rich. The poor aren't getting a look in.
It is OK to have their jobs subject to international pricing. What
makes authors special? And it's not about retaining Ozzie culture,
because the broader Oz culture doesn't come from books any more.
Literacy by people at The Parks as more important than the income
of a particular subset of Australian authors. This isn't going to
touch the income of Matt Reilly (who's sales are international),
not much touch Peter Fitzsimons (who's sales are gifts). It's
really the 'literary' Australian authors who will suffer, and
for them the taxpayer giveth and the taxpayer taketh away.
Glen Turner <http://www.gdt.id.au/~gdt/>
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