The Book Industry Collaborative Council wound up its operations on 30 June 2013. This blog has been quiet pending the release of the report, which was written by BICC chair David Throsby and contains contributions from each of the seven Expert Reference Groups.
Today, Minister for Industry and Innovation Senator Kim Carr issued a press release regarding the book industry. In it, he stated:
- The report of the Book Industry Collaborative Council will be released on his website (we will published a link to the report here as soon as it’s available).
- If re-elected Labor will establish a Book Industry Innovation Council, to continue the excellent collaborative work done by its two predecessors.
- Labor will establish the Australian Universities Press if re-elected, by contributing up to $12m ($4m pa x 3yrs) in matching funds (1:1 to match funding from a consortium of universities), to build shared infrastructure across the university scholarly book publishing sector.
The full text of this press released can be viewed on www.alp.org.au.