Do you want to see Australian children reading books without Australian content? And ‘Americanised’ with Mom instead of Mum or faucets instead of taps, and vacation instead of holiday?
It could happen if pressure from some quarters (e.g. Dymocks company’s management and major retail chains of Woolworths, Coles, K Mart, Big W and Target) convinces the Australian Government to relax the current Parallel Importation Restrictions on books. (PIRs)
What is Parallel Importation of Books?
Parallel importation would allow Australian booksellers to import books from the US and the UK, irrespective of whether they’re already published in Australia. These two countries prohibit Parallel Importation of books into their countries so why allow it in Australia?
How will it affect Australian book buyers?
Removing PIRs will flood the market with inferior imports, drown out Aussie content/language and reduce your choice of books – with no reliable evidence that books will cost you less.
If you want to read Australian books; if you want your kids to see their lives and experiences reflected in the books they read, write to your politicians. Tell them NOT to remove PIRs on books.
Thursday 16th April, 2009 10.30am
out the front of
Dymocks’ central bookstore, Brisbane city, Queensland
cnr Queen and Edward Sts, Brisbane.
For more details on PIRs: Australian Society of Authors