© 2015

European Book Cultures

Diversity as a Challenge


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-17
  2. Stephanie Kurschus
    Pages 19-34
  3. Stephanie Kurschus
    Pages 35-139
  4. Stephanie Kurschus
    Pages 231-347
  5. Stephanie Kurschus
    Pages 349-355
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 357-383

About this book


Stephanie Kurschus analyses the idea of a common "European" book culture that integrates the book market as an essential aspect and employs book promotion as balancing instrument. Characteristics of book culture are identified; the resultant concept of book culture provides an overview of the values and myths ascribed to the book. Furthermore, applied book promotion measures are analyzed for their effectiveness and best practice models. Since, in a context determined by culture and market, preservation and innovation, book promotion fulfills two functions: it is to protect the unique national characteristics of book culture as well as to support its continuous development. To adapt and to advance within a changing environment is critical to the survival of book culture in the digital reality.


  • A concept of book culture 
  • European book cultures
  • Measures for promoting book culture

Target Groups 

  • Teachers and students in the field of book science
  • Practitioners promoting literary and reading skills, practitioners in all fields of education and in the media sciences

The Author

Dr. Stephanie Kurschus is currently working as a consultant in Frankfurt.


Buchförderung Buchkultur Buchmarkt Buchvielfalt Europäische Union Zukunft des Buches

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.FrankfurtGermany

About the authors

Dr. Stephanie Kurschus is currently working as a consultant in Frankfurt.

Bibliographic information


“Stephanie Kurschus vividly demonstrates how diverse book culture is, even in a continent that claims to be founded on mutual shared values. The highly insightful book appeals mainly to four audiences: institutional decision makers of grant-awarding bodies, national agencies promoting reading and book culture, decision makers in cultural and educational politics, and scholars of contemporary book studies. … this book has the potential to become a starting point for future discussion on methods of book promotion.” (Jan Hillgaertner, Publishing Research Quarterly, March, 2015)