~ Greek Country Report 2008 ~ by “POEV” Hellenic Federation of Publishers & Booksellers “ ΠΟΕΒ ” Πανελλήνιος Οργανισμός Εκδοτών Βιβλιωπωλών. GREECE ~ 2008. Number of inhabitants: 11 million inhabitants (2001) Illiteracy: 9 % Number of Bookstores: 2.650
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Hellenic Federation of Publishers & Booksellers
Πανελλήνιος ΟργανισμόςΕκδοτών Βιβλιωπωλών
Number of inhabitants: 11 million inhabitants (2001)Illiteracy: 9 %
Number of Bookstores: 2.650
1.070: Bookstores that belong to Book Organizations
1.500: Small Bookstores & supermarkets
80: Stationary Stores
No of Newsstands with books: ~ 850
Number of Publishers: 650 (in 1990: 374)
VAT rate: 4,5% for books
19% for magazines & multimedia
Fixed Book Prices:
there is a fixed price for “2 years old” new titles.(the booksellers have the right to make a discount until 10% for these new -2 years old- titles.
Older titles can be sold with bigger discount, depending on each bookseller.
Sharing Out of Market Shares:
► small bookstores 22,5 %
► big bookstores 21,3 %
► kiosks & newsstands (that sell cigarettes etc) 8,2 %
► stationary bookshops 3 %
► newspapers kiosks 2,8 %
► stock bookstores 1 %
► super markets 0,7 %
► internet 0,5 %
Reading Habits of Population:
►read a lot 8,6%
read a little 25,4%
don’t read at all 43,8%
► women read more than men
► Reasons they don’ t read books:
don’t have time 39,1%
don’t like reading/bored of it 18,3 %
not interested 5,9 %
Reading Habits of Population:
► Reasons they read less than the previous 5 years:
don’t have time 51,6 %
family obligations7,4 %
job obligations7,4 %
new interests 3,6 %
Training For Booksellers:
There is a 2 year school (IEK) after secondary education- for booksellers and publishing employees.
There is a University for librarians.
Promotion of Trade and Marketing:
► Book Festival, in Athens, at Dionisiou Aeropagitou str, under Acropolis.
2 times a year (the last 50 years) for 17 days, in September and in May.
► Book Fair in Piraeus (the harbor of Athens) nearby the sea.
► Book Fair at Thessaloniki (nearby the sea)
► International Book Fair of Thessaloniki (the last 5 years) with publishers from Greece & Europe.Exchange of foreign rights, conferences for Publishers and Booksellers, and book presentations.
“Hellenic Federation of Publishers and Booksellers” ( POEV – www.poev.gr)
-POEV was founded in 1961.
-It is not a non-profit organization, but a federation.
-POEV’s members are all the Unions of Booksellers and Publishers of every big city of Greece.
-The income comes from every Union which organizes book fairs in every big city.
-The Federation is currently a member of the IPA, FEP and EBF
-in 1974, the Federation took part in the Frankfurt Book Fair in which it has been participating every year since then, as long as to all big book Fairs around the world.
-In 1998, the catalogue of Greek Bibliography was transcribed in a digital form under the name “VIVLIONET” (www.biblionet.gr)
-Greece was an honored country in the Frankfurt book fair of 2001.