Officially Speaking, the Number of Bookstores is on the Rise in Iran

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

The latest edition of Iran’s Publication Database states that the number of bookstores in Tehran rose from 858 to 895 in 2010.¬†Overall, 198 new bookstores opened in the county, 37 of which were in Tehran. Iran’s publication database is published every year to provide statistics on the list of booksellers, print houses, publication centers, lithographers, and paper sellers of the country.

One would expect Persian publishing to be doing well too, but as with anything in Iran, publishing is very tightly regulated, controlled and censored…so it’s tough to really know how the business is doing. Some of the strongest and most interesting publishing happening in Iran is done out-of-sight for obvious reasons.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.