Purchasing Scheme for Literature

Arts Council Norway
Key objectives of the measure:

The objective of the scheme is to facilitate accessibility, a breadth of genres, artistic diversity and high artistic quality in Norwegian literature. It is directed primarily towards the book market, as it expands/increases said market and expands the economic base of Norwegian literature. The scheme also provides libraries with approximately 50 % of new books to their collections. This is in addition to the libraries’ own acquisitions.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

Arts Council Norway purchases and distributes to libraries a given number of all new quality books published in Norway. 703 copies of each high-quality book for adults and 1480 copies of each high-quality children's book. There are purchasing schemes for fiction for adults and children, non-fiction for adults and children, translated fiction and comics/cartoons. This purchasing scheme, as a form of cultural policy subsidy, is a distinctly Norwegian phenomenon.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Maintaining a vital and pluralistic book sector in the future and facilitating new voices and debutantes among authors.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

USD 14 602 803 in 2015 (125 million NOK).

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
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