Wholesalers have a large, 43.6 per cent share of the market. In 2007 they achieved an 8.8 per cent growth in sales. In Poland there are four sales networks that function nationwide – Azymut, FK Jacek Olesiejuk, Wkra and Matras. The total number of wholesale book outlets is decreasing, and after a number of major bankruptcies, approximately 315 firms are still active on the market.
Empik: Poland’s largest bookselling chain, consisting of almost 100 shops in the biggest cities (44). It offers about 46,000 titles. In 2005 Empik resumed Internet sales through a site called empik.com (with over 2 millions products from such categories like: books, music, film, games, press and stationary. empik.com
Dom Książki: Virtually the only retail book distributor in the period from 1950 to 1989. At present it consists of several separate, independent companies that own 130 bookshops with a total turnover comparable to that of Matras. domksiazki.pl
HDS: This firm has over 200 outlets, which sell books and operate under various trading names (InMedio, Relay, Virgin, Akapit), mainly at railway stations. Most of them offer from 200 to 500 titles. hds.pl
More than 38 per cent of households now have access to the Internet, and as a result Internet sales are growing. In 2006 Poland’s largest Internet bookshop, Merlin.pl, was joined by two competitors, Empik.com and the American firm Amazon.com.