The Australian government is about to consider making significant changes to copyright that would threaten the future of Australian publishing. We're writing to let you know how you can help.
During the ABIAs ceremony last week, the Australian book publishing industry united to launch Books Create Australia - an awareness campaign to fight against the recommendations in the Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Intellectual Property. As well as the APA, the campaign is jointly supported by the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Literary Agents Association and the Print Industry Association of Australia.
A-list Australian and international writers including Jonathan Franzen, Jeannette Winterson, Tim Winton, Richard Flanagan and Book of the Year ABIA winner, Magda Szubanski spoke up about the proposals.
Their speeches and the campaign ignited major national attention on the issues. In the two days after the launch, more than 2,500 people have subscribed to the online petition in support of the book publishing industry and the volume of subscribers is rising rapidly each hour. Richard Flanagan's speech has been shared more than 20,000 times.
How can you help?
Sign the petition;
Visit our campaign website bookscreataustralia.com.au. Share it and make sure your authors and colleagues are aware of the issues;
Use the marketing kit to create your own material and join the conversation with #BooksCreate.
Australian Publishers Association.
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books