Poland’s two largest bookstore chains, Matras and Empik, are adding new services and plan vast expansions amid a shrinking number of independent bookstores.
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It may surprise many Americans, but German authors are paid to read in bookstores, have access to numerous fellowships and discounted health insurance.
Anna Soler-Pont reports that as publishers have endured the recession, literary translations take backseat, while piracy still hampers ebook adoption in Spain.
Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the chair of Irish PEN, outlines how Ireland continues to punch above its weight in the literary world.
Matthias Matting introduces Authorbuddies.com, a new web site that connects authors from across the world to assist each other with marketing efforts.
In France, the popularity of French should fuel more translations and rights sales. In Germany, the book industry edges tentatively into the future.
Arevik Ashkharoyan, owner of the First Armenian Literary Agency, discusses trends in international literature and global interest in Armenian authors.
The government of Belarus is intent on supporting its national literature and is offering the industry some $150 million in subsidies to keep it going.
The eclectic Serbian book market may be struggling, but more local writers are coming up; while in Malaysia new publishers are pushing romance and poetry.
Czechs are ranked among the most avid readers in Europe and a campaign is afoot to reduce what is seen as an excessive 15% VAT rate on books.