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Austria/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

Austrian publishing houses can apply for publishing support in the framework of the government's support for the arts. The publishing-house commission decides on proposals for the grant. Above and beyond this, printing cost supplements and translation subsidies can be applied for in the framework of the book supports. In 2014, 49 publishing houses were supported with a total of EUR 2.8 million.

In 2000, a Federal Law on Fixed Book Prices was implemented. The Law refers to publishing, import and trade of books. It also applies to E-books and online-trading since 2014. This Law was important to ensure that small publishing houses, booksellers, distribution firms etc., which play a crucial role to maintain media diversity, can still compete with the big publishing and distribution firms / enterprises.

Generally, local government offices are responsible for libraries. Above that, the government subsidises public libraries under the Federal Law on the Promotion of Adult Education and Public Libraries from federal funds (1973). The government ministry responsible is the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery. The library support amounting to 500 000 EUR per year is linked to the implementation of funding guidelines including target values, the compliance to which is monitored by the Austrian Association of Libraries.

Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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