Krakow’s publishing houses

More than 3,000 titles come out in Krakow annually, printed in a total number of about 6,000,000 copies. The number of publishing houses registered in Krakow is so large that it is actually hard to determine conclusively: there are almost a hundred companies that regularly publish books, but there are at least several hundred institutions here that occasionally issue various kinds of publications.

Krakow can boast academic publishers (e.g. Universitas and WUJ), specialist publishers (e.g. Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne), philosophical and religious publishers (WAM), publishing houses focusing on the best Polish poetry (a5 run by Ryszard Krynicki and his wife Krystyna) and the trendiest prose (Wydawnictwo Literackie and Znak), publishers of literature of the pop trend (Wydawnictwo Otwarte, Insignis, and Sine Qua Non), as well as publishers of the best books for children (Skrzat and Emotikon).

Foremost companies from Krakow lead the way on the Polish book market, regularly appearing on the top of bestseller lists and enjoying record sales, and niche bibliophile publishers from Krakow continually delight readers with their successive publishing gems.

Krakow can also boast numerous children’s publishing houses: ABM – publisher of children’s books and magazines of an educational nature; Aksjomat – offering educational books for the little ones; Koba – publishing books for five- and six-year-olds, supplementary titles, demonstrational materials, and multimedia publications; and Post – specialising in editing cartoons and comic books. Wydawnictwo Skrzat publishes books with rhymes, colouring books, and fairy-tales; Zielona Sowa deals with books for children and adolescents; and Impuls specialises in books from the broadly-defined field of education and pedagogy.  Jaś Czytalski – probably the smallest publishing house in the world – operates in the Salwator district, on ul. św. Bronisławy 1, on a floor area of less than 8 m2.

Wydawnictwo Literackie

The corridors of the House under the Globe – the seat of Wydawnictwo Literackie, established in 1953 – were regularly...

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Znak

The famous manor house of the Znak publishing company is a real salon of the literary Krakow. Since 1959, Znak...

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Universitas

The Universitas Society of Scientific Papers Authors and Publishers is a publishing house established in 1989 by researchers and academics...

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Wydawnictwo a5

The exclusive Wydawnictwo a5, established by Krystyna and Ryszard Krynicki, has been in operation since 1989. It publishes works of...

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Ha!art

The Ha!art publishing house was established in 1999 at the initiative of Piotr Marecki as an interdisciplinary cultural-art magazine. Keywords...

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Czarne

Wydawnictwo Czarne is located a long way from the city, on the south-eastern outskirts of the region, but closely related...

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Karakter

The Karakter publishing house publishes belles-lettres, non-fiction (the Z innej strony [From Another Side] series), and essays, as well as...

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DodoEditor

At the DodoEditor Publishing Studio, books are published with utmost care, in a way against the conviction that reality now...

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Insignis Media

The Insignis publishing house is a recognised brand on the market of interesting and entertaining books. It is the exclusive...

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Otwarte

The Otwarte publishing house is formed by book-loving people full of energy and joy. Its diverse offer includes novels, biographies,...

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Austeria

The Austeria publishing house was established in 2003 in the Krakow district of Kazimierz and focuses on the publication of...

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Bona

One of Krakow’s largest publishing houses is Bona, which originated from a bookstore connected with a café. It publishes books...

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EMG

EMG focuses on crime literature, but its catalogue also includes the so-called “black” poetry series. EMG’s authors include: Marcin Świetlicki, Joanna...

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WAM

WAM is the largest Catholic publishing house in Poland. It publishes more than 200 new and reissues about 150 titles...

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Lokator

Lokator – known to local creators as a place to meet writers – is a good point to get the...

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Galeria Książki

The Galeria Książki publishing house was established in 2007. It publishes fantasy literature and books for children. The authors whose...

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Esprit

The Esprit publishing house was founded in 2004 in Krakow. It publishes books in six separate thematic areas: Spirituality/religion; Fiction/Non-fiction;...

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