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.