There is nothing more important for everyone in the book industry than to continually broaden consumer access to books – in whatever format readers choose. In a world that is changing rapidly – all of us – authors, publishers, booksellers, distributors, agents, librarians, etc. – have an obligation to work together to ensure that nothing interferes with the ability of consumers to read what they want, when they want, in whatever format they want. At the same time, it is important to recognise and to acknowledge that despite all the quantum leaps forward in technology, physical places – bookstores and libraries – remain the best places for consumers to discover books.
The Book Charter sets out the fundamental principles guiding our policy objectives and priorities, along with two indispensable principles to be remembered always: Public funds need to be used to continue the support of public libraries, and public policies need to promote a competitive business environment.
Read and download The Book Charter here.