Our summary of key figures regarding the book sector in 2017 is available to download here. Please note that our statistical summary is in French.
Our summary of key figures regarding the book sector in 2016 is available to download here. Please note that our statistical summary is in French.
Statistics for the production of Belgian French-language books
The statistics of the production of publishers are produced each year by ADEB. The objective of this document is to present the economic and financial activity of the French-language publishing members of ADEB. The statistics presented in this report give a view that is largely representative of the economic weight and standing of the sector.
The comparative statistics detailed in the documents below present a yearly look at the publishing production of the members of ADEB – in Belgium and in the export markets abroad. Please note again that these figures are in French.
The book market in Belgium
Unlike in France, in Belgium there is no legal obligation to provide statistical data. The accuracy of the presented studies therefore essentially depends on how fully and accurately the publishers replied to the questions, and the manner in which they did so.
To get an overall picture of the ‘consumption’ of books in Belgium, and to evaluate the size of the Belgian book market, please refer to the study ‘Le marché du livre de langue française en Belgique’ (The market of French-language books in Belgium).
The European Statistics
Besides the sheer size of the sector – book publishing generates a turnover of € 22-24 billion per year in the European Union and European Economic Area alone, for a total market value of € 36-40 billion – another testament to the European primacy is the fact that the majority of the world’s top publishing groups are European-owned (6 to 8 of the top 10 publishing groups, according to the annual Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry) »
Henrique Mota (Fep-president – March 2017)
On the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, the Federation of European Publishers compiled statistics on the European publishing market. The results are available here in PDF format (in English)