Over the past few years book prices have only risen minimally, yet many readers think of books as expensive. At the same time, the supply of so-called cheap books is immense (copies sold at a reduced price by the publishers or wholesalers). In the past few years the market for cheap publications has been increased by titles supplied as supplements with newspapers.
In the future the market might undergo a major change. By the end of 2010 the zero per cent rate for VAT on books is likely to be suspended. In Poland the standard rate will be 22 per cent. However, publishers are hoping for a preferential rate, which is most likely to be 7 per cent (or even zero per cent, as at present).