One Year After: Consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on the book market – An overview of 2020

This report by The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) shows that caution is key as trends emerged that endanger cultural diversity and the long-term sustainability of the sector.

Halfway through 2020, the Federation of European Publishers took stock of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the book sector in Europe. Back then, many countries had just experienced lockdowns, resulting in the unprecedented situation of having bookstores closed almost everywhere for weeks, and the consequences for book sales had been dreadful. While the coming of the summer had shown timid signs of recovery, the overall outlook was still gloomy, and most of all the year’s prospects were marked by extreme uncertainty.

This document updates the information from the previous survey with a first approximation of the impact of the pandemic on the book sector in 2020. Uncertainty remains the keyword also for the beginning of 2021, the second year of the COVID-19 crisis; nonetheless, the book sector has revealed a greater resilience than the situation half a year ago may have led to expect.

You can read the report here.

FEP is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association of book publishers associations in the European Union. FEP represents 29 national associations of book publishers of the European Union and of the European Economic Area. FEP is the voice of the great majority of publishers in Europe.

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