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Changing Book Industry Celebrates 150th

The Finnish Book Publishers' Association celebrated its 150th anniversary on Thursday with a seminar -- and, naturally, publication of a book outlining the history of Finland's oldest industry group.

The body was established by such major figures in the nation's cultural history as J. V. Snellman and Zacharias Topelius.

Its current chair, Sakari Laiho, says that the recent influx of small publishers has rejuvenated the sector. Altogether some 5,000 books are published in Finland each year, one of the highest per-capita levels in the world.

Fiction and poetry account for less than one fifth of all books sold in this country. In recent years, domestic fiction has gained a greater market share, while fewer translated foreign books are sold. Meanwhile children's books continue to sell well.


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