Global Trade Talk: Zero Day “Compromise” on Aussie Parallel Import Laws; Stanford Publishing Program Shutters

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

The Australian reports that Australian Competition Minister Craig Emerson has suggested a new “compromise” with regard to the proposed changes in parallel importation laws. Instead of eliminating import restrictions and forcing publishers to print an international title within 30 days of overseas release, the new plan would keep the import restriction in place, provided publishers put the book immediately into the market on the same day of overseas publication. The proposal assumes that the advent of digital publishing allows for near instantaneous publication, something that Bookseller+Publisher noted is simply not true. The effect of the new proposal would “reduce locally published international titles with print runs under 10,000 copies by between a third and a half,” said the APA. Unsurprisingly, the Australian Publishers Association (APA) was opposed to the new “compromise,” as were printers; the Australian Booksellers Association came out in favor.

Nuria Cabuti, the publisher and editorial director of the Random House Mondadori children’s and paperback divisions, has been named as the new CEO of Barcelona-based Random House Mondadori. Her predecessor, Riccardo Cavallero is returning to Italy take over as general trade manager of Mondadori.

As reported in Publishers Lunch, the Stanford Publishing Course for Professionals has become the victim of cost cutting at Stanford University. Attendance at this past summer’s session dropped significantly, a likely consequence of lay-offs at US publishers earlier this year, as well the overall trend in the industry towards digital publishing mode. That said, all is not lost: University Librarian Michael Keller, who oversaw the program, as well as Stanford University Press managing director Geoffrey Burns will be in Frankfurt to consult “with others in the book publishing community with interest and ideas for a revamped program.”

Finally, The Bookseller reports that Amazon will launch its Kindle reader in the UK sometime in October, pre-Frankfurt, we’re told.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.