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European publishing at the time of COVID-19

Book publishing has been severely hit by the closing of bookshops as well as by books being considered as non-essential products in some countries. During and after the isolation period that hit most of the continent, the Federation of European Publishers collected information from its members - 29 national associations of publishers of books, learned journals and educational materials from all over Europe - regarding the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on book publishing. Now, four months after the emergency started in Europe, we have produced a stock-taking report that sheds some light on what has happened to publishing in the last months, showing the extent of the damage sustained by the sector. Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has kindly accepted to preface the document.

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Consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on the book market