The number of book readers has remained at a stable level for many years, except in the early 1990s, when some previously unknown American bestsellers appeared on the market. At present, 50 per cent of Poles read at least one book per annum.
Year% of readers% of buyers
WHAT SORT OF BOOKS DO POLES BUY MOST?
Category% of buyers
Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guides29
Textbooks and “require readings”15
Professional and specialist literature15
Youth literature and children’s books14
Action and crime novels, thrillers14
Religious books 9
Non-fiction (letters and memoirs, biographies) 8
Science fiction, fantasy 5
Essays and commentaries 3
Spirituality, horoscopes, esoteric 2
POLISH READING PREFERENCES
Category% of readers
Action and crime novels, thrillers20
Textbooks and “require readings”20
Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guides14
Professional and specialist literature12
Non-fiction (letters and memoirs, biographies)11
Youth literature and children’s books10
SF, fantasy 8
Religious books 8
Essays, “commentaries” 3
Spirituality, horoscopes, esoteric 1
There are 8,489 public libraries in Poland. Although their total number has been decreasing since the beginning of the 1990s. Lately, from 2004, the number of readers also has been decreasing.
Poland’s higher education institutions have developed a network of computerized libraries. Not long from now over a dozen “virtual” libraries will be in operation in Poland, using the Polish dLibra programming system.