Czech publishers see gains in 2016’s market performance but are concerned about stubbornly high VAT rates and falling book prices.
In the latest of its moves amid East-European educational-sector interests, it proposes taking over publishing and distribution assets in Bulgaria.
In what seems to be inconclusive research work in Warsaw, taking pirated book copies out of the market doesn’t appear to mean more legitimate book sales.
Given a green light by competition authorities, Poland’s bookseller Empik adds Platon to its assets, a major national and international book distributor.
Watching Romanian youth leave for education elsewhere in Europe, Bucharest’s Grupal Editorial Art is teaming up with Stuttgart’s Klett Gruppe to raise educational standards at home.
A major Polish retailer is betting on ‘small format bookstores’ and proliferating locations to make a success of its new Mole Mole bookshops.
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.