An article in the Age reports that administrators have been called in to the Borders operation in Australia and Angus and Robertson booksellers. They say:
Businesses such as Borders have been particularly hard hit by the rise in popularity of e-commerce sites that sell a vast range of books online at heavily discounted prices to traditional bricks-and-mortar shops. The strengthening Australian dollar has also encouraged shopping on overseas websites.
They pay a higher price solely because the Copyright Act forces them to. Booksellers aren’t allowed to parallel import books because the legislature didn’t care about sacrificing them on the altar of copyright extremism, despite overwhelming evidence in support of the practice. Evidence clearly has no part to play in policy making on this area of law in Australia. Now Australian authors have a substantial local retail outlet under threat and, if they lose these booksellers, will be in a similar position to what they would have been had the parallel importation provisions been passed.
Well done, brainiacs.