This year, Czech booksellers expect to sell about half a million e-books.
For some publishers, e-books are becoming an important part of their business plans.
“Sales of e-books in 2012 accounted for about 0.35 percent of the financial volume of the entire Czech book market,” SCKN secretary Marcela Tureckova said.
The average price of e-books in the Czech Republic is about Kc145 including VAT, which is about 62 percent of the price of a paper book.
eBooks have yet to achieve a significant part of the Czech book market largely because of the limited selection, with only an estimated 6,500 Czech language ebooks available digitally. On the other hand that estimate is probably not a good reflection of the existing Czech ebook market; Wikipedia says that Czech is mutually intelligible with Slovak and that means that Czech ebook buyers might be able to read ebooks in both languages.
Local ebookstores include Palmknihy.cz, Kosmas.cz, Databook.cz, eReading.cz, and Necteme.cz, and both Google and Apple have launched localized ebookstores in this market. They sell Epub, of course, but the other ebookstores sell ebooks in a variety of formats including PDF, Epub, and Mobi. That curious format support came about as a result of wanting to support Kindle owners; some of the Mobi ebooks are sold DRM-free, while others have digital watermarks.
And while I can’t claim complete knowledge of the Czech ebook market, I did note that at least one ebookstore, eReading.cz, has their own branded ereader with support pages that say that you can buy ebooks from an on-device ebookstore and receive daily news over Wifi.
Last year’s model is pictured at right. It’s listed at 2,499 Czech koruna, or about $133 USD.
image by Guillaume Cattiaux