CULTURE

More titles in 2000, but print runs were smaller

With local book production showing an increase of 9.5 percent in the year 2000, compared to that of the previous year, the last year of the 20th century saw the publication of 6,537 titles by various Greek publishing houses. Once again, figures for the book market were gathered and published by Costas Voukelatos in the trade magazine Ichneftis. Overall figures for the last decade were also available: Overall book printing increased by 3,667 new titles (that is, an increase of 127.7 percent). Nevertheless, during the second part of the decade the level of increase slowed down. According to the magazine’s publisher there are two reasons for the increase: On the one hand, there was an opening up of the market to more educational publications. And, one the other, there was a significant decrease in the size of the print run of any single title, a fact which led publishers to offer two titles for the price of one. Prolific publishers A number of other elements were revealed by the survey. The share of translated titles from other languages has remained stable, at around 35 percent. Of those, 60 percent are translated from English. As for the most productive local players, the 15 most prolific publishers – there are 486 all told – are the following: Patakis (with 425 titles), Ellinika Grammata (381), Kastaniotis (266), Sakkoulas (207), Livanis (164), Ion (161), Modern Times (112), Kedros (102), University Studio Press (97), Dardanos (90), Savvalas (85), Minoas (79), Klidarithmos (75), Psychoyios (69) and Papazisis (68).