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Books in Poland - statistics & facts

The book industry in Poland has observed an overall decline, but certain parts are blooming. Revenues from book sales and the book publishing industry are decreasing and expected to continue doing so. The popularity of libraries and bookstores is also dropping. On the other hand, digital technology opens new possibilities for the segment. e-publishing is a dynamically growing industry; by 2026, there will be an estimated 3.1 million e-book readers.

Bookstores and librares

The number of bookstores operating in Poland has steadily decreased over the past few years. Consumers living in the Mazowieckie (Masovian) voivodeship had access to the most bookstores. As of February 2022, the region was home to 319 facilities. The majority of Polish bookstores provided a general assortment; seven percent specialized in children's books.
In 2020, there were approxiamtely 9.2 thousand libraries operating nationwide, with public libraries constituting the highest share; libraries specializing in scientific publications accounted for a total of 808 facilities. Since 2015, the number of volumes in public library collections has been slowly decreasing. In 2020, the total number amounted to 125 million volume.

Book consumption

Most readers consume a few books a year. Printed books are the most popular format, with Poles enjoying reading at home, in a park, or a café; traditional books are equally enjoyed by 59 percent of e-book and audiobook readers. The demand for books peaks annually in November and December, in time for the winter holidays and Christmas season. Although books are often bought as presents or required reading, the majority of book buyers get them out of a pure love for reading.
In 2021, the most successful Polish author was Anita Głowińska. Other writers listed in the ranking included the crime novelist Remigiusz Mrózand the fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, best known for his "The Witcher" series.
While the book industry in Poland is undergoing some major transformations, its digital segments will continue to develop, thus continuing the writing, publishing, and reading practices in the country.

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In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 36 most important statistics relating to "Books in Poland".

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