A government-sponsored program in Poland is bringing digital textbooks to primary, middle and high schools across 14 subjects of the national curriculum.
In Romania, online sales now account for 20% of the $110 million book market, with interest in ebooks and English-language titles also on the rise.
Romanian publishers are merely ‘surviving’ says the publishers association, and may suffer more if the government imposes a new tax on cultural goods.
The Culture Ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Poland have joined together to campaign for the EC to charge the same VAT for ebook sales as print.
France’s Syndicat National de l’Edition (SNE) has launched a social media campaign to encourage readers to support the fight for a lower VAT on ebooks.
Znak, Poland’s leading literary publisher, is evolving with the times by expanding its commercial list and employing new digital marketing strategies.
Poland’s top online bookstore, Merlin.pl, is up for sale, and many believe this is that of consolidation in a saturated Polish online marketplace.
Poland’s two largest bookstore chains, Matras and Empik, are adding new services and plan vast expansions amid a shrinking number of independent bookstores.
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.
Poland’s second-largest bookstore chain, Matras, is set to be sold. Potential buyers include book distributor FK Olejesiuk and a consortium of publishers, led by Prószyński.