Publishing and Bookselling in Georgia

Results of a survey on book publishing and distribution, 2012-2013
The study on "Publishing and Bookselling in Georgia" was commissioned in late 2012 by the Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association (GPBA) to local consultants Mr. Giorgi Sabanadze and Ms. Tamara Janashia, who worked under the general guidance of the Book Platform senior expert Rüdiger Wischenbart.

The study is based on a survey of thirty-four publishing companies, three distributors and twelve bookstores which agreed to complete a detailed questionnaire on all aspects of the book business in Georgia, which makes it the first-ever attempt to analyze the industry based on direct information provided by stakeholders and on all statistical data that can be found from a wide array of sources.

The publication consists of the following chapters:
  • Publishing and Bookselling in Georgia: High Stakes and Professional Ambitions in a Changing Book Business (By Rüdiger Wischenbart)
  • Georgia. General Information on the State of the Economy, Education, Book Publishing, Licensing, the Library System and State Programs (By Tamara Janashia)
  • Survey Methodology, Scope and Limitations (By Tamara Janashia and Giorgi Sabanadze)
  • Book Publishers: Survey Results (By Tamara Janashia and Giorgi Sabanadze)
  • Book Distribution and Selling: Survey Results (By Tamara Janashia and Giorgi Sabanadze)

Publishing and Bookselling in Georgia. Results of a survey on book publishing and distribution, 2012-2013

 Download in English  Download in Georgian

Here you can also download:
  • Questionnaires used for surveys of book publishers, distributors and bookseller
  • Comment by Natia Lursmanashvili regarding the information on the number of e-books in Georgia: Download in English

This publication is developed under the Book platform project of Next Page Foundation. The Book Platform project is funded by the European Union and is implemented in the frames of the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.


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"I had read the draft electronic version of the Georgian Publishing study before going on a professional country visit to Georgia, and I have found it extremely useful".

Tobias Voss, FBF Vice President International Markets, in a conversation with Yana Genova

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