Trends reported by Polish publishers show downturns in sales of as much as 70 percent during the spring, and the cancellation of the Warsaw Book Fair has seen the market stage a digital effort, BookTarg.
While the COVID-19 has sent the publisher’s staffers to their home offices, Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel win still pushes the team to introduce emerging voices.
Italian football, Formula One, and heroes and heroines of mountaineering catastrophes are the subject of the 2020 Polish Sport Book Awards, just released.
Citing heavy competition in online retail, two major book publishers in Poland have created an online bookstore of their own called Inverso.
Lemn Sissay has named Ethiopia’s Befeqadu Hailu to English PEN’s Honor. And PEN America’s Jennifer Egan blasts the Nobel’s choice of Peter Handke.
Poland’s Ameet, based in Łódź, has a new licensing venture with Lego Publishing, and in the States, the AAP opens its annual PROSE Awards competition.
Warsaw’s cut in VAT rates on digital books takes effect November 1, a long-called-for equalization in taxation on print and ebooks, now allowed by Brussels.
Seeing its audiobook unit sales double year-over-year, Russia’s digital retailer now has a new presence in the Polish market.
Warsaw Book Fair and other literature festivals in Poland enjoy fashionable appeal among the 40% of Poles that surveys indicate are regularly reading.
The frustration with higher VAT for ebooks than print books may finally be over Poland as legislation is proposed to drop the rate from 23 to 5 percent.