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Conditions and Survival: Views on the Concentration of Ownership and Vertical Integration in German and Swedish Publishing
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2014 (English)In: Publishing research quarterly, ISSN 1053-8801, E-ISSN 1936-4792, Vol. 30, 77-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper compares publishing in two European countries with fixed respective free book prices: Germany and Sweden, when it comes to the phenomenon vertical integration. Concentration of media ownership is a central issue in today’s global publishing industry and large international media groups are consolidating at a fast pace, taking over more and more links in the value chain of books. One of the foremost examples is Amazon—established in Germany and fast expanding in Europe, but not yet present in Sweden. This paper presents a broad overview of the two markets and interviews with several actors in the German and Swedish book trades are analyzed and compared. Amazon’s impact on the respective book markets as well as strategies for independent publishers are discussed. The question whether concentration of media ownership in the book trade affects publishing and distribution of “quality literature” is also raised.

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Springer US , 2014. Vol. 30, 77-92 p.
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Amazon, Book pricing, German publishing, Marketing strategies, Media ownership concentration, Swedish publishing
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-217315DOI: 10.1007/s12109-014-9353-8OAI: diva2:692817
Villkor och överlevnad: förlagsstrategier och positionering på den svenska bokmarknaden
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2014-02-02 Created: 2014-02-02 Last updated: 2016-07-26Bibliographically approved

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