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.