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Call for printers to put forward their views on book industry

Tuesday, 19 October 2010
By Print 21 Online Article

Printers, along with publishers and all those in the industry are encouraged by Senator Kim Carr to submit to a study on the future of books.

Senator Kim Carr, Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister, who established the Book Industry Strategy Group to address the challenges for the future in what he described as an “increasingly digital industry” in February this year, now want those in the industry to have their say on the future of the book industry.

“I trust that Australian printers, publishers, retailers, consumers and all other interested parties will stand up and have their say on this important issue,” he said.

Book Industry Strategy Group chair, the Hon Dr Barry Jones AO, said it is important to hear from both the industry and consumers. “Through the submission process, we are seeking input from all parts of the book industry, but equally importantly, we want to hear from consumers,” he said.

Pictured: Kim Carr with Printing Industries CEO, Philip Andersen at last year’s CEO Forum, where Carr encouraged the industry to speak up in one voice.

Printing Industries national manager for policy and government affairs, Hagop Tchamkertenian said the opportunity to make submissions should be taken up not only by dedicated book printers but also by other printing businesses as some of the issues faced by book printers such as digital content management are not confined to just the book printing sector.

“The industry should be grateful that we have in Minister Carr a person dedicated to the future economic sustainability of the local book production sector. It is important that book printing businesses as well as others engaged in book production, but on a less regular basis, participate to the current submission process,” he said.
Hagop encouraged printing business to either prepare their own submissions or forward their material to him to for inclusion in an industry submission.
“While there are certain issues that feedback is being sought on I encourage the industry to approach the opportunity from a strategic point of view and provide the appropriate feedback to us,” he said.
“Understandably the focus is on the industry’s digital future, but is this an appropriate vision for every stakeholder?  This is an issue that needs to be properly addressed.”

Cliff Brigstocke, (pictured) CEO of Opus Print Group, told Print21 that the PE-backed group would definitely be submitting, and was currently in the process of compiling research conducted by themselves, along with international comparison research.

The Government is seeking submissions from today until 10 December 2010.

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