Finding itself among a handful of European Union nations still with a state-controlled textbook market, Slovakia, says parliament member Branislav Gröhling, must change.
In its latest market report, Slovakia’s publishers’ association says the overall book market was worth up to €110 million (US$135.3 million) in 2016. Fiction rose to 27 percent of those sales.
Translators of Slovak literature say that the interest level in this work remains low compared to how Czech literature fares.
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.
Today’s deals come from India, Sweden, the UK, Finland, Italy, and Norway and include art books, adult fiction, kids’ nonfiction–and historical train tales.
Titles with rights sales to report in our roundup come from Finland, Turkey, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and Spain.
You might have found works in this Rights Roundup at London Book Fair—had COVID-19 not intervened: From Finland, USA, Spain, France, Sweden, and Italy.
A two-year tour of the 2020 Bologna Children’s Book Fair exhibition of illustrations is to follow its initial show in March and April.
With ongoing operations in Europe and North America, the Russian children’s book publisher will focus in 2020 on Japan, China, and Vietnam.
From Italy, the United States, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands, here’s a year-end look at titles with tidings of brisk rights activity.