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Booksellers and publishers of Newfoundland responded to new tax

Contributed by on February 15, 2016 at 6:30 am

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador decided to input a new 10 percent tax for books. Publishers and booksellers do not like the new law. They immediately reacted against it.

The first tries of introducing tariffs for books were made in 2015 at Nova Scotia, and earlier, at the Island of Prince Edward in 2012. However, they did not work. The society did not support the law. So, after it will be accepted, this will be the first officially working 10 percent tax of the books. As Russell Wagnersky, the novelist and journalist, suggests, book-readers should leave the province till it is possible, and to move to another part of Canada.

Publishers and traders are devastated. Beth Follett, the publishers says that the protests from community were left behind when the government decided to introduce the new tax. She says it is cruel to build the wall between new books and readers.

Donna Francis, the bookseller and editor says it will be the end of their business. After their province will be the only one in Canada with the tax for books, people will order and buy new books elsewhere. In the time of e-readers they will be easier replaced by new technologies without any taxes.

Garry Cranford, the publisher in Flanker Press says that this law originally was designed to protect booksellers, however, now it will ruin their business.

As far as we know, the Labrador and Newfoundland show the worst results when it comes to reading population. They have the lowest rates among adult readers in Canada. Now, publishers are worry that this new tax will not improve the situation for better.

The Broken Books owner, Matt Howse, thinks that this new law will make people shop online more. He admits that many people know how to save their money buying books on Amazon. The new tax will attract more online shops form elsewhere.

This tax is still not approved. If there will not be any rejections, it will work on January, 2017.