Publishing numbers

• In 2019, 3,078 titles were published, compared to 3,095 titles published in 2018.*

• In 2019, the average print run of books was 844. In 2018, by way of comparison, the average print run was 884 and in 2017, 953. The average print run in three years has fallen by almost 11%.

• In 2019, the dominating genre in the publishing market was fiction – 886 titles with the average print run of 660. In 2018, genre fiction dominated as well – 895 titles with the average print run of 638.

• In 2019, 833 non-fiction titles were published, with the average print run of 1,060 (2018 – 874 titles with the average print run of 1,187), and 690 children’s titles with the average print run of 1,294 (713 titles with the average print run of 1,275).

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• Nine biggest publishers (by titles) in 2018: Ersen, Koolibri, Varrak, University of Tartu Press, Tänapäev, Sinisukk, Egmont Estonia, Pegasus, Hea Lugu.

• In 2019, 841 e-books were published. In 2018, this number was 1,928 titles and in 2017, 1,261 titles.

• The e-library ELLU is managed by the Tallinn Central Library and e-books can be borrowed by all Estonian citizens.

• The total turnover of the publishing sector was approximately 35 million euros. E-books turnover made up 3% of the overall publishing turnover in 2019.

• There is no fixed price for books.

• The retail price of books is set by the bookseller.

• The VAT rate on books and from 1 May 2020 on e-books stands at 9%.

• English, German and Swedish are the leading languages for titles in translation.

• Estonia has about thirty bookshops. Most of them belong to two bookshop chains: Rahva Raamat and Apollo.

• Major literary festivals – HeadRead in Tallinn (26-30 May, 2021) and Prima Vista in Tartu (21-26 September and 9-14 November 2020). 

 

* Source: Statistics Estonia, National Library of Estonia
Updated 23 September, 2020

PUBLISHED BOOKS AND BROCHURES (1991-2019)

Year Titles Copies per inhabitant Copies total
1991 1 654 14.9 23 295 700
1992 1 557 10.2 15 939 600
1993 1 965 8.2 12 312 800
1994 2 291 5.7   8 586 800
1995 2 635 5.3   7 930 400
1996 2 628 4.4   6 663 000
1997 3 317 5.0   7 361 000
1998 3 090 4.1   5 983 000
1999 3 265 4.9   7 117 000
2000 3 466 4.1   5 931 000
2001 3 506 4.0   5 456 000
2002 3 458 3.9   5 362 000
2003 3 727 4.1   5 607 000
2004 3 994 4.2   5 805 000
2005 4 060 4.4   6 009 000
2006 4 040 5.4   7 256 000
2007 4 310 6.6   8 853 000
2008 4 685 5.4   7 254 000
2009 4 551 5.1   6 865 000
2010 3 760 4.1   5 45 0000
2011 3 716 3.4   4 431 000
2012 3 971 3.6   4 640 000
2013 3 887 3.6   4 791 000
2014 4 450 4.1   5.455.000
2015 3 976 3.5   4.643.000
2016 3 794 3.3 4.643.000
2017 3 916 3.1 4.067.000
2018 3 792  2.7  3.592.000
2019  3 597 2.5 3.252.500

 

* Source: Statistics Estonia, National Library of Estonia