Sunday, 6 December 2015

'Removing PIRS threatens local authors'. Australian Society of Authors

Australian Society of Authors chair, David Day said removing PIRs threatens local authors and allows ‘the publishers of London and New York to get an even tighter grip on the Australian book market’.
‘Authors have already been hit hard by a big drop in book prices, which has caused an average halving of their writing income over the last decade,’ said Day. ‘Using academic theories about competition to interfere in the creation of Australian culture is sure to make the situation of authors even worse.’
Day added that ‘if authors’ incomes are reduced any further, some will be discouraged from writing altogether’. ‘It is self-defeating for the government to introduce a measure that will adversely affect local authors, bookshops and publishers for a hypothetical reduction in book prices,’ said Day.

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