Norwegian Publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016
The Norwegian Literary System
The book has a strong position in Norway. As much as 93 % of the population report to have read a book in the past year, and more than 40% read more than 10 books a year. Book sales are at a stable, high level. Each year we see a list of diverse new publications, characterised by high
quality and new ideas.
The Norwegian Publishers Association (NPA) is a trade organisation for publishers. Our members represent approximately 80 % of the sales from publishers to booksellers in the country. We manage joint market ventures, provide statistics, offer standard contracts and provide service for our members. We maintain strong links to the authorities, domestic organisations in the cultural industry in general and the book industry in particular, as well as sister organisations abroad.
NPA is dedicated to defend and strengthen freedom to publish, both nationally and internationally, increase respect for copyright, also by strengthening the publishers’ copyright position, strengthen and develop the position of literature in Norway, and defend and strengthen the publishers’ position and take care of their professional and financial interests.
Current political issues
The Norwegian Publishers Association is working continually with political issues concerning publishers, and these are the current political issues we are focusing on:
- No sales tax on e-books: The current VAT rate of 25% for e-books are an obstacle to the development of a functioning ecosystem for digital literature, making Norwegian e-books less competitive in an increasingly international market. We are arguing that the zero-rate supply that is applied for paper books should also include e-books.
- Prolonging the trade agreement: The current Fixed Book Price Agreement in Norway will expire at the end of 2018. The fixed price and other provisions of the agreement are important instruments in the publishers work to meet the goals of the literature policy, and the NPA is thus advocating a continuation of the agreement.
- Guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019: The Frankfurt Book Fair is the world’s largest book fair. To be a guest of honour will provide Norwegian literature abroad a boost for years to come, and the attention that follows will give spill over effects to the entire cultural section.
- International work with freedom of expression: The NPA works in close connection with the Norwegian PEN in the pursuit of freedom of expression. The other important co-partner has been the International Publishers Association (IPA).
Sales of publishing rights abroad
The Norwegian Publishers Association’s Committee for sales of publishing rights abroad work on policy issues regarding export and joint marketing ventures for Norwegian publishers abroad, such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair and a seminar for foreign publishers at the yearly Norwegian festival of literature in Lillehammer. Both publishers and agencies are represented in the committee and the committee works in close cooperation with NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad) that “promotes the export of Norwegian literature through active profiling work and translation subsidies. The organisation disseminates knowledge about Norwegian books and authors abroad, and operations are financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture”.