Even as an acquisition transfers financial control of Sweden’s Akademibokhandeln chain, reading-trend figures paint a concerning picture.
Having seen a bid for fixed book prices stall out before, the Polish publishers’ association is making its case again to legislators in hopes of improving the industry’s prospects.
‘We’ve ceased to be anonymous migrants,’ says Dariusz Jaworski. London Book Fair attendees next week will be greeted by Books From Poland.
In Poland, publishing stakeholders stay the need for protective regulation—liked fixed book prices—and IP protection are needed to curb declining book sales.
Legimi cofounder Mikołaj Małaczyński is optimistic that Poland’s already growing ebook market could further benefit from lower VAT rates proposed by the EC.
Online retailer Elefant.ro dominates Romania’s online book and ebook sales. Now, the company has plans to expand to other regional markets.
Poland’s seven-year-old ebook subscription service Legimi is looking to new territories, starting with Germany and a reported catalog of 100,000 German titles.
Presented as an effort to collect copyright revenue from public library loans for writers and other workers in literature, Poland’s new program finds a slow uptake among authors.
Answering the dominance of two bookstore chains’ 400+ locations, Polish publishers create BookBook, their own chain, banking on ‘the unique atmosphere of our bookstores.’
The Czech Republic’s largest media conglomerate, Empresa Media, has just launched a book publishing division, adding to its television, radio and magazine businesses.