It’s hard to feel sorry for publishers fighting the proposed removal of legislative restrictions that would allow the parallel importation of books when you personally butt heads with territorial copyright in the digital space.

I recently downloaded the new Barnes & Noble application for my iPhone from Apple’s Australian app store thinking perhaps B&N can do what Stanza can’t.

But no, sure enough, even though I can acquire the app in Australia I cannot purchase any titles because my billing address is not in the United States (or at least the billing address for the card I use in Australia isn’t).

I understand copyright and I understand the territorial use of copyright, but unless the publishing industry puts itself in its customers’ shoes it will never understand how frustrating it is to not be able to acquire the books you want, when you want.

It’s little wonder the CCB’s battle cry of ‘cheaper books’ resonates with Average Joe, simply because it’s about so much more than the price of books.