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Old 07-14-2009, 12:12 AM   #1
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Looks like this might, on the whole, be good news for our antipodean friends:

http://blogs.smh.com.au/entertainmen...er/021899.html

   
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:00 PM   #2
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Looks like this might, on the whole, be good news for our antipodean friends:

http://blogs.smh.com.au/entertainmen...er/021899.html
I'm just waiting and seeing. They did the same for CDs a few years ago, but the ones I like to buy didn't go down in price at all.

   
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They removed resale price setting on books some years ago in the UK. The result seems to be that popular books have gone down in price but less popular ones (particularly textbooks) have gone up considerably.

Popular books are sold in supermarkets at discount prices so independent bookshops are becoming few and far between - a trend that started even before Amazon launched in the UK.

   
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In the UK, the booksellers take between 50-30% of the cover price. The big boys, Borders, Waterstones, etc. will demand to take 50%, and will charge to have the book displayed prominently, such as on a table with its front showing.

Authors will get between 8 and 15% of the publisher's net receipts.

I suspect that this move in Australia will just help booksellers' coffers.
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