The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

Guest Blogger:  Kathryn Apel
I wrote this post in response to Queensland’s Courier Mail journalist, Mike O’Connor’s comments about Parallel Importation on 20 July. There was much to refute in his article ( ably done online ) but I felt one of Mike’s analogies was actually quite fitting – though I do of course have a different ‘take’ on it.


The Sky is Falling!

The Sky is Falling!

There is an old and popular children’s story being enacted in Australia today – but sadly, this time it is no work of fiction and there’s a grim outcome for Australian readers of all ages.

Led by Dymocks CEO Don Grover and Board Member Bob Carr, the ‘Cheaper Books’ campaign is gaining momentum within certain sectors of the Australian media. And I for one am seeing a lot of similarities between the Coalition’s* cries, ‘The price of books will fall!’ and Chicken Little’s age-old cry, ‘The sky is falling! The sky is falling!’

In this modern day real-tale we have the fox, very ably played by wily Dymock’s duo Don Grover and Bob Carr, cunningly leading the Australian public (Chicken Little and friends) to the Cheaper Books. In reality, they’re leading them to greater profits for Dymocks – and for the ‘Coalition for Cheaper Books’ as well.

It won’t be Chicken Little that dies in this real-life tale – it will be the Australian publishing industry, and our proud literary heritage.

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! But not the price of books!

* The ‘Coalition for Cheaper Books’ is comprised of Dymocks, Big W, Woolworths, Kmart, Coles and Target.

4 thoughts on “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!

  1. I have just been reading that the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA), the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) ‘strongly support’ the removal of restrictions. They believe that quote: ‘greater competition will lead to an increase in the variety of books available and more competitively priced books, increasing their accessibility to Australians’.

    They believe that ever since NZ dropped their restrictions, income earned by publishers has increased, book prices have come down and there is more choice and availability of books to consumers. Of-course no-where in their report regarding NZ does it state the effect this has on their authors. How convenient!

    To read the full report, visit

    • ADA, ALCC and ALIA have it wrong.

      Childrens’ books in NZ have not come down in price. Famous NZ author Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclarey picture book ‘Hat Tricks’cost me NZ$25. Last weekend I saw the exact same edition here at an independent book store for A$21.95.

      NZ children’s authors are such an ‘at risk’ group that NZ authored books carry a small triangle in the top corner, which reads: NZ Author. This is in the hope that consumers will notice and buy local product.

  2. Home grown Chicken Little will win in the end. The introduced feral fox will not take over our Australian voice.

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