Ages ago I posted about a debate that was happening in Oz on the issue of the parallel importation of books.
Basically this is legislation that gives an Australian-based publisher 30 days to print an Oz version (hence the different book covers thing) of any book released in the world. If a bookstore later wishes to sell the book they can’t import it from an overseas publisher, but can only purchase it from that publisher.
This protectionist and anti-competition policy (just a hint as to what my POV is) was subject to much criticism in an analysis by our Productivity Commission and, in a nutshell, it recommended the Federal Government reverse the restrictions.
Did the Oz parliamentarians choose to follow the advice of their own friggin’ agency??
Hell no. Instead they have decided to protect the few over the majority.
So, on behalf of the book buyers of Oz, I say thank you very fucking much, Oz parliamentarians!
Thank you for guaranteeing we readers not only continue to pay outrageous book prices, but for giving tacit approval to likely increases through your support of a monopoly market.
Thumbs up to you!