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Book Publishing in Bulgaria - 2011


The National Statistical Institute represents data on the publishing production in the country (books and pamphlets) and continued editions (newspapers and periodicals). Data source is the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius”. Main indicators and coverage are designed in accordance with methodological requirements of UNESCO. The NSI’s survey on publishing activity covers two main domains:-Published continued editions (newspapers and periodicals).-Published books and pamphlets -because of the introduction of the new informaticssystem in the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, the survey covers the rest three months of 2010(October -December)and 2011.

Published continued editions (newspapers and periodicals)
In 2011, there are published 369 newspapers with an annual circulation of 373 111thousands, which equals to 51 newspapers per capita, or with 6 more than in 2010 . In comparison with the previous year thenumber of titles (independent or published as one or more physical units) increased by 2.8%(10 titles more) and their circulation -by9.5%(32299 thousands more).

In 2011, there are published 62 daily newspapers with circulation of 231837 thousands. The share of published titles for daily newspapers formed 16.8% of the total number of the published newspapers and their circulation -62.1% of the total circulation. In comparison with 2010 the number of titles has increased by 2 and circulation – with 45 045 thousands. In 2011 are published 157 weekly newspapers, or 6.1% more in comparison with 2010. The relative share of circulation for weekly newspapers is 33.7% from the annual circulation and in compassion withthe previous year has decreased with 6.9 percentage points.

Published books and pamphlets for the period October 2010-December 2011
With the unique 10 digital ISBN number (International Standard Book Number) for the period October 2010-December 2011 are registered 4 323 books and 493 pamphlets, or 94.8% of all editions, which has made it easier for their use abroad.

For the period October 2010-December 2011 the largest number of publications are within sections: Fiction for adults (28.8%), Popular literature(23.2%) and Educational literature (14.0%). The relative share of the circulation of Fiction for adults for the observedperiod is30.7%, ofthe Popular literature-23.4%,and Educational literature -9.2% of the total issued products.Scientific literature included 469 titles, with circulation of 142 thousands, representing 9.2% of all publications and 4.4% of the total circulation. The number of titles of Children’sand juvenile literature is 388, with circulation of 558 thousands. Of those children fictions included 210titles, with circulation of 296 thousand copies, or 4.1% of the issued productions and 9.2% of total circulation. In the observedperiod (15 months)the titles of the original literature are 3520titles, or 69.3% of the total number of published books and pamphlets. The relative share of the circulation is 48.1% from the total circulation.

The relative share of translated publications for the period October 2010-December 2011 is 30.7% of the total number of issued books and pamphlets, and the share of the circulation is 51.9%.

From circulation of the entire issued translated literature (1668 thousands) the largest relative share of translated titles is for translations from English with circulation 72.7% (1213thousands), followed by translations from Russian with circulation 130thousands(7.8%),from Germanwith circulation of 88 thousands(5.3%), from Frenc hwith circulation of 71thousands(4.3%) and Spanish language with circulation of 52 thousands (3.1%). In the regional distribution the most of the books are published in Sofia (capital), as the relativeshare of titles (books and pamphlets) is 69.5% from the whole published titles in the country with share of circulation 82.9%. Sofia (capital) is followed by Plovdiv district with 7.1% from the total number of published titles and with the same percent from the total circulation,and Veliko Tarnovo with 5.3%or 2.4%.

Source: National Statistical Institute

The complete publication can be found here: http://www.nsi.bg/otrasal-eventen.php?n=1457&otr=34


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