The Finnish Book Publishers Association
What is the Finnish Book Publishers Association?
The Finnish Book Publishers Association is a non-profit cooperation body which promotes the common interests of its members as well as publishing, the distribution of literature, reading and freedom to publish in Finland.
The Association monitors its members` copyright interests, represents its members in Finland and abroad and works to develop international cooperation in the field. It maintains contacts with authorities, organizations and interest groups in the field, distributes information, supports research, issues statements and submits initiatives at the national level.
The Finnish Book Publishers Association is the oldest branch association in Finlad. It was established in 1858. Among the founders were many influential figures such as J.V. Snellman, Zacharias Topelius, Paavo Tikkanen ans F.W. Frenckell. In its first year the Association had 19 members, only six of which were actually publishers.
To begin with the Association focused on supporting the distribution of books and on creating a network of bookshops in the country. It was not until decades later that it took on other tasks to promote publishers`interests.
The Finnish Book Publishers Association and its members today
The Finnish Book Publishers Association now has 100 members. Together they account for about 80% of commercially published titles and over 90% of book sales in Finland. The Association`s members publish more than 7,000 titles a year, over half of which are new titles. Total sales exceed e250 million a year. Publishers provide direct employment for about 1,500 people in Finland. This does not include those employed in printing and logistics. Additional information on the Association and its members is available at www.skyry.net
How can a publisher join the Association
New members are approved by the Association`s general meeting, which is held in April and December. Any person or private corporation that is regularly engaged in commercial publishing and approves the Association`s purpose is eligible to join. Membership applications can be obtained from the Association`s office.
Membership fees depend on the number of new titles and book sales annually. In recent years the fee for the smallest members has been around e500 a year.
What services does the Association offer its members?
- general lobbying, such as issuing statements and acting as an expert in legislative work
The Finnish Book Foundation
The Finnish Book Foundation was established by the Finnish Book Publishers Association and the Ministry of Education in 1983. Its purpose is to promote Finnish book art and literature.
The Foundation is best known for its literary awards, most notably the Finlandia prizes for fiction, non-fiction and children´s literature, which amount to e30,000 each. Other literary awards financed by the Foundation include the Little Finlandia, Alvar Renqvist, Eino Leino and Mikael Agricola prizes.
The oldest finnish book publishers
- Finnish Bible Society 1812