Small Language Publishing in 2012

As we took stock of 2012’s publishing milestones and discussed what 2013 held in store, we thought it would be an ideal time to get a global view of what the year was like for publishing in “smaller” languages—for our purposes here, those languages spoken by fewer than 100 million native speakers worldwide.

Publishing Trends last covered smaller language publishing in June 2011, when we explored the trend of original publishers doing their own full English-language translations as a way to encourage rights sales. This year, we asked small language publishing professionals from around the world to share what their thoughts on the most important (or surprising) trends and events in their countries’ book industries this year. We’ve collected their responses on the map below, and wish all our readers another year of great publishing, no matter the language or location.

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Further resources on book publishing in the countries highlighted on this map:

ESTONIA: Varrak Publishers; Estonian Publishers Association

FAROE ISLANDS: Vitra, Faroese ebook platform; FarLit, an organization for the promotion of Faroese literature

GREECE: Nikos Dimou, author of On the Unhappiness of Being Greek; Ersilia Literary Agency

ICELAND: Portfolio, the newly-launched publisher of Iceland’s 2012 bestseller; Sögueyjan Ísland, the Frankfurt 2011 site on Icelandic publishers and literature

ISRAEL: “Publishing in Israel: A Snapshot Overview” on Publishing Perspectives;  Kinneret Zmora Dvir Publishing House; The Book Publishers Association of Israel

ROMANIA: Editora Univers; Romanian Publishers Association (AER)

SLOVENIA: Mladinska knjiga publishersSlovenian Association of Book Publishers

TURKEY: “Ayşe Kulin ranks first in Forbes Turkey list of top-earning authors”, in Today’s Zaman; Ayşe Kulin’s author websiteTurkish Publishers Association


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