Friday, April 29, 2016

Authors, booksellers fear Productivity Commission plans to allow cheap foreign imports

Authors and booksellers have slammed a proposal by the Productivity Commission that would change rules preventing the unrestricted import of books into Australia.

In a report out today, the Commission says current import restrictions on books are the analogue equivalent of "geoblocking" - the same way that consumers are stopped from accessing overseas streaming sites like Netflix.

The Australian Society of Authors warns a flood cheap imported books would hurt Australian authors and threaten the two billion dollar industry.

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