With Slovakia as guest of honor, Book World Prague offered a gauge of the local book biz, where the recent hike of VAT to 15% has stifled book sales and Amazon is expected to open soon.
Sales of erotica books are up 192% and romance is up 384% so far this year in the UK.
A trio of winners of the European Union Literature Prize express frustration at how difficult it is to interest agents and foreign publishers in their work.
Despite European economic woes, the Czech Republic’s major book fair thrived, aided by a neighborly focus, underscoring the strong draw of good literature.
Michael Stein argues that translations shouldn’t be treated as ‘literary broccoli’ or armchair travel, and that doing so is counterproductive.
Crime writers from Hungary, Poland, and throughout Central Europe are making their way into English. Will they prove as popular as the Scandinavians?
A book fair has many faces depending on who you are: a local, a foreigner, or a country that is Guest of Honor but doesn’t believe in literature.