“I mean if you look in 2007/2008, the recommended retail price of books in the US on average is 35 per cent cheaper than in Australia and 18 per cent cheaper in the UK.”
Both of these countries also have the Parallel Importation Restrictions in place so there must be more than this law making books expensive. I suggest the price of books has more to to with Australia naturally being smaller market (21 million in Australia, 60 million in the UK and 306 million in the US) as opposed to what law in in place. As you can see there is a direct relationship by how many people there are to buy book and the price difference. Taking away our authors rights to make a living will not change that fact.
I also oppose the “compensating” authors with grants for losses sustained by withdrawing the restrictions. Author want to work, they do not want to be receiving government payments as if they were unemployed. They just want to be fairly paid for the work they do which is the right of all Australians. Better to allow an industry to sustain itself in this sheltered way than by constantly propping up an ailling system with tax payers money.
D.M. Cornish‘s Monster Blood Tattoo series written and published in Australia are a beautifully bound and illustrated set of books which only add to the reading experience. The equilviant US copy is a paperback issue with no illustrations and none of the wonderful production quality. If the restrictions are lifted is this the quality of books we will be forced to buy even if they are available? D.M. Cornish himself is doubtful that his award winning series would have even been picked up for publication if these restrictions had not been in place.