Culture Report – Europe reads

Published in March 2010 this new edition of the European Culture Report addresses issues around reading in Europe. For some, the book is an object of great desire; for others, a vehicle for professional success: each and every author has a very personal relationship with a book. Can literature strengthen a sense of European identity? What role does literature play in Europe?

Contributors include Umberto Eco, Tim Parks and Adam Thorpe. The Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, Angus Phillips, contributes a chapter on ‘The Pleasure and Pain of Reading’. The co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, has said of books: “The fact is that people don’t read anymore.” Is this true? How are reading habits changing across Europe? Are there differences between the countries and regions of Europe? What could explain any differences? Are there also changes in what we read? How can we make reading cool to each new generation?

You can find the new edition of the report on the web here.

It is published by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations – ifa) and the Robert Bosch Foundation (eds.) in Germany, in cooperation with the British Council, the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, and the Portuguese Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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