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.
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.