8.8 million (2017) 

Official language

German and Slovene (official language of South Carinthia) 


Euro (€) 

Official Statistics Office

Statistics Austria 

Trade Associations

Association of the Austrian Book Trade 
Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels or HVB) represents the interests of booksellers, publishers, distributors.

Austrian Library Association (BVÖ) is an organisation representing the interests of Austrian public libraries. 

Annual Book Fairs

Vienna International Book Fair (Buch Wien) is held over 5 days in Vienna. 

Translation Programmes

New Books in German Translation Funding provide financial support to publishers interested in translating books from German. 

The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria provides grants in support of the translation of Austrian literature. 

VAT on Books

10% for books and 20% on eBooks 

Fixed Book Price System



  • Book market statistics (PA, 2017) [link to download/view]
  • Austria's report to Federation of European Publishers (HVB, November 2017) [link to download/view] 
  • Austria's report to the Federation of European Publishers (HVB, June 2017) [link to download/view] 
  • Der Buchmarkt in Österreich (HVB, 2014, in German) [link to download/view] 


Useful Contacts

British Council
Email: exams@britishcouncil.at
Tel: 0043 1 533 26 16 77

Department for International Trade
Email: commerce@britishembassy.at
Tel: +43 1 716 13 6161 

Bronwen MooreHead of Trade and Investment, Vienna
Email: bronwen.moore@mobile.trade.gov.uk 

Directory of Austrian Publishers (New Books in German)

Directory of Austrian Booksellers (HVB) 

Book Distributors