Polish Book Market

The Polish book market accounts for almost 3 per cent of the European publishing
market, while Poland’s population accounts for 7.5 per cent of the total population of the European Union. Thus one might assume that the Polish book market should be on a growth trend, despite the present stagnation that began in 2011.

By mid-2016, in the ISBN database maintained by the National Library, there were almost 45,000 publishers registered in Poland, though not more than 2,000 - 2,500 of them are active (publishing several books in the course of the year). However, the market is highly concentrated. The 300 largest publishing firms hold almost 98 per cent of it. Approximately 600-700 firms publish more than ten books per annum. According to estimates produced by Biblioteka Analiz, approximately 250 firms achieved a turnover of or above 1 mln zlotys (€ 235,000), and approximately 120 - 130 achieved a turnover exceeding 2 mln zlotys (€ 470,000) in 2015. Most of the other registered publishers have only issued a very limited number of books and do not take part in the publishing market.

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By Piotr Dobrołęcki of Biblioteka Analiz Sp. z o.o.