Canadian government begins review of publishing

Canadian government begins review of publishing

<p>The Department of Canadian Heritage is inviting everyone with an interest in Canadian books to participate in a <a href="http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1272486502392" target="_blank" title="http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1272486502392">review</a> of the rule that govern foreign ownership of Canadian book businesses. </p><p>The Revised Foreign Investment Policy in Book Publishing and Distribution sets conditions for foreign investment in the Canadian book industry, and determines if they are of &quot;net benefit&quot; to Canadian consumers but have been under a strain recently after Amazon was allowed to open a distribution centre in the country.</p><p>According to a discussion document issued by the government: &quot;It is clear that the environment in which books are produced, distributed, sold and consumed is changing. Book industries in Canada and around the world are evolving in response to technological change, consolidation of ownership, and globalization, and consumers have increasing choices for how they engage with their reading material.&quot;<br /><br />The review is seeking to determine whether, given changes that have occurred in the book industry environment since the policy was introduced in 1985 and revised in 1992, it should be maintained, or revised. Consultation is open for two months, after which submissions will be published, with roundtable discussions to be held in late 2010. </p>